James Boyd set up a loyalist camp atop a rocky hill along Kettle Creek, as he and his recruits were being followed by the garrison of Cherokee Ford and needed a defensive location and food-both of which were provided by the hill.
Look, the garrison's army could ambush us at anytime. I expect CONSTANT VIGILANCE from you two. Alright?
Andrew Pickens, Elijah Clarke and John Dooly, who had previously been besieging loyalist horsemen at Robert Carr's fort, diverted the militia to intercept Boyd's recruits.
We have just received information that a loyalist man by the name James Boyd has camped atop a hill on Kettle Creek. 600 men have camped there, and we have decided that this will be a perfect time to attack them.
Early in the morning, on February 14th, Andrew Pickens directly attacked Boyd's camp, while Dooly and Clarke attacked from left and right respectively. While Pickens was able to successfully launch his assault, Dooly and Clarke got entangled in a swamp.
A group of lost Georgian militiamen who found their way to the loyalist camp, cornered James Boyd, and shot him.
P-please forgive me. Give me a chance. I had no choice!
The Loyalists, without their leader, were chased across the creek. Approximately 270 of them escaped and 150 of them were eventually captured by Patriots and taken to local authorities.
That's right! Fear us! Now leave!
The successful battle gave the Patriots a much needed boost in morale.