Sumpter Establishes Camp
Sumpter established his headquarters east of the Catawba River in the territory assigned to the nation of Indians of the same name. Here the whole of July was spent, but not in idleness. His men go out in quest of provisions, arms, and to rally their friends to take a stand under the standard of liberty. Provisions were obtained with great difficulty, for the want of current funds, so that their fare often consisted of barley meal without meat, salt or any other seasoning, and scarce at that. All the powder which could be obtained was collected. The good ladies in the region round about gave up their pewter vessels to be moulded into bullets. Implements of husbandry were converted into swords. While engaged in these preparatory measures the were under the necessity of maintaining the strictest vigilance for the preservation of their lives. The Tories watched their movements, waylaid them and often fired upon them. An instance of this kind occurred to a small party led by Col. Brandon, near Bullock’s Creek. A captain by the name of Reed fell behind the party for some purpose or other and was killed by two Tories.
His mother, having found out who his murderers were, followed Brandon to North Carolina and implored him to avenge the death of her son. Some of his men volunteered to go with him, and he hunted the Tories and killed them.