Sumpter’s Position at Fishdam
Historians generally state that Sumpter’s camp was on the east side of the river; this is a mistake. His position was west of Broad River, and his camp midway between that stream and a small creek which, flowing from the west, falls into the river near a mile below the ford. Here, says local tradition, was Sumpter’s camp. The whole section between the streams is now cleared and under cultivation, and is entirely overlooked by a high ridge, along which the road leading from Hamilton’s Ford to the Fishdam passed. It is presumed that the road was then very near where it now is. About half a mile from the creek a road leading from the mouth of Tyger River intercepts the one leading from Hamilton’s Ford. A traveler approaching the ford by this route has a fine view of Sumpter’s position as he descends the long hill before reaching the creek. Again, says local tradition, on the night of Nov. 12 the fires were kindled in Sumpter’s camp at dark, and the soldiers began to divert themselves in various ways, apparently as devoid of care as a company of wagoners occupying the same spot for the night would be at the present day. No special pains were taken by the general to have guards placed.