James Dunlap received a captain's commission in the Loyalist Queens Rangers in 1776. Dunlap fought at the battles of Earle's Ford, Cedar Spring and Cane Creek the summer and fall of 1780. Wounded at Cane Creek, Dunlap recovered and led a Tory militia contingent at Ninety Six. Ambushed at Beattie's Mill in March 1781, Dunlap surrendered. While under guard on his way to Virginia, a group of Patriots attacked and murdered Dunlap at Gilbertown.