Brandon Takes Prisoners
Their friends in turn sought vengeance; pursued Brandon in considerable force, and he retired before them until he came within the Bethel congregation, where he recruited his force and turned to meet his pursuers. They had followed him to the head of Fishing Creek and turned down that stream. Brandon paused. A short time before he overtook their party Col. Love fell in with him. This Love had encountered the Tories single handed but a short time before, killed two of their number and made his escape by dodging in a briery old field. Brandon soon learned that the Tories had stopped at the house of a man named Sterling to get dinner. This Sterling had married the sister of Col. Love — he was a Tory and his wife a Whig. Brandon divided his force into two parties, leading one himself and the other under the direction of Love. The house was surrounded and several rounds fired before the Tories surrendered. Mrs. Sterling was killed, and a son of William Kennedy was wounded in this battle. Several Tories were killed, one of them by Kennedy himself as soon as he saw his son shot. Brandon conducted his prisoners forthwith to Charlotte.