Friday, October 26, 2007

Col. Andrew Neel

(Commemorative marker at the
Rocky Mount, South Carolina battle site)
Andrew Neel, son of Colonel Thomas Neel, rose to the rank of Colonel after his father fell at the Battle of Stono in June 1779. He was detached by General Thomas Sumter at Clems Branch, South Carolina to command the troops of York and Chester. He afterwards fell in the Battle of Rocky Mount, 1 August 1780.
From History of South Carolina, by Yates Snowden, Henry Gardner Cutler; Lewis Publishing Company, 1920:
    “On the 1st of August, Sumter attempted to carry Rocky Mount in three assaults, without success. He then ordered Colonel [Andrew] Neel to storm a loop-holed fortified house in which the British were strongly posted. Neel was killed and the storming party repulsed.”