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About Capt. James Dillard

A Patriot of the American Revolution for SOUTH CAROLINA with the rank of CAPTAIN.    DAR Ancestor #: A036017

Pension Number: *S6797

Maj. James Dillard 1755 – 1836, in addition to accepting the guardianship of SUPER SPY Kerr, he also served as the Brigade Major between Maj. Gen. Andrew Pickens’ Division and The local Brigade under Brig. Gen. James Williams. He bravely led troops at the battles of Fort Moultrie (Sullivans Island), the Florida Expedition, the Cherokee Expedition, Musgrove’s Mill, King;’s Mountain, Hammond’s Store, Fort Williams, Blackstock’s Plantation, Cowpens, the Siege of the Star Fort at NinetySix, and the Battle of the Edisto. He was twice sabred from his horse.

  • From the Find A Grave bio by J. Dillard:

James Dillard, son of John and Sophia Dillard, born in Culpeper County, South Carolina. He reached the rank of Major but is most often referred to as Captain to reduce confusion with another Major Dillard.

James Dillard was in the American Revolutionary War from first to last, even after the Peace of Paris in 1783; and his first wife, Mary Ramage, a Revolutionary War heroine, made an all-night ride to warn her husband's company that the British and Tories planned a surprise dawn attack. James Dillard was one of the South Carolina militia who marched into Charles Town (later Charleston) at dawn in June 1776 and then defended the half-completed palmetto log fort on Sullivan's Island (later Fort Moultrie) with such deadly result that the English fleet of twenty ships sailed away to repair itself, taking with it the last English governor of South Carolina. This was one of the bloodiest sea battles of all time. It took place six days before the Declaration of Independence was signed, 4 July 1776. He also fought in the Battle of King's Mountain on 7 October 1780, said to be the turning point in the war, as well as other battles and skirmishes. (James Dillard's pension application; DAR Magazine LXX:9, pp 933-934; Fort Sullivan Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Battle of Fort Sullivan: Events Leading to First Decisive Victory.)


• Legal: Pension Application of Captain James Dilard, 11 Jul 1833, Laurens District, South Carolina, USA. 975 Nine surviving Children named: Samuel Dillard deceased in 1854 Charles H. Dillard James H. Dillard in 1856, a physician of Laurens District, South Carolina May Garrett Priscilla Garrett deceased in 1854/1864 Jane Burke deceased in 1854/1864 Nancy E. Boyce Narcissa Duckett Sarah E. Byrd

James H. and Samuel Dillard, Executors of Capt. James Dillard's Will


  • Find A Grave Memorial# 9721470
  • Military service: 1775 -  Private in the defense of Charleston.
  • Military service: Revolutionary War - enlisted under Capt Perinhoff - Sep 1775 South Carolina, USA
  • Military service: Feb 3 1777 -  2nd Lieutenant 10th Virginia, Continental Army
  • Military service: Revolutionary War - promoted to Corporal - Apr 20 1777 South Carolina, USA
  • Military service: Jan 2 1778 -  1st Lieutenant Continental Army
  • Military service: May 30 1778 -  Resigned the Continental Army
  • Military service: Revolutionary War - Sergeant Major under Capt Josiah Greer and Col - Sep 1778 Florida, USA
  • Military service: Revolutionary War - Captain - Aug 1 1780 South Carolina, USA
  • Military service: Oct 1780 -  Captain Virginia Militia at King's Mountain
  • Military service: 1781 -  Major in South Carolina Militia
  • Military service: Revolutionary War - Major, Discharged - 1783 South Carolina, USA

Updated from MyHeritage Match via daughter Mary Polly Dillard by SmartCopy: Sep 12 2014, 4:09:14 UTC

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Capt. James Dillard's Timeline

Culpeper, Virginia
Age 20
Laurens, South Carolina, United States
Age 21
Laurens, South Carolina, United States
February 7, 1783
Age 28
South Carolina, United States
September 17, 1786
Age 31
Laurens, South Carolina, United States
Age 32
Union, South Carolina, United States
October 7, 1794
Age 39
Laurens, South Carolina, United States
Age 40
Laurens, South Carolina, United States
Age 41
Laurens, Laurens County, South Carolina, United States