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Saturday, February 20 2021
The War Heads Inland: Camden, Hanging Rock and Waxhaws with Rick Wise
Following the capture of Charleston in May 1780, the British army under Charles, Lord Cornwallis set out to conquer South Carolina. Over the course of the next three months, British and Patriots clashed in this pivotal phase of the American Revolution. At Waxhaws in May, Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton and his famed British Legion soundly defeated a Patriot force under Col. Abraham Buford. Undeterred by this defeat, Patriot militia remained in the field to oppose the British. In two engagements at Hanging Rock, Brig. Gen. Thomas Sumter and Maj. William Richardson Davie managed to defeat the British garrison. At Camden on August 16, Cornwallis routed Maj. Gen. Horatio Gates’ Continental army, clearing the way for an invasion of North Carolina.
Join historian Rick Wise for an exploration of these three critical battlefields. Walk this hallowed ground and learn about the actions of individuals who fought in these battles that helped shape the War of Independence in South Carolina.
Twin Victories in the Cause for Independence: The Battles of Musgrove’s Mill and Blackstocks with John Allison
On August 19, 1780 a combined group of around 200 South Carolina, Georgia, and Overmountain Man militia defeated a British detachment of around 500 Provincials and Tory militia. This surprising Patriot victory came just three days after the disastrous Patriot defeat at Camden and one day after another Patriot defeat at Fishing Creek. However, news of the victory at Musgrove Mill would give a much needed boost to the plummeting moral of the Backcountry Patriots. Captain Samuel Hammond wrote after the war about just how important this victory was to the people of the Backcountry: “The result of this little affair was a clear speck in the horizon, which would have been otherwise very much overcast…it…did much good in the general depression of that period. Our numbers continued to increase from that time, and all seemed to have more confidence in themselves.” A little over two months later, on November 20, 1780 General Thomas Sumter and his army of South Carolina and Georgia militia handed Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton his first defeat during the war. Sumter and his men were able to defeat Tarleton’s better trained soldiers of the 63rd Regiment and British Legion Dragoons by using the defensive advantages of the buildings and fences along the steep ridge line and hills of the farm of William Blackstock on the banks of the Tyger River.
Join historian John Allison for an exploration of Musgrove’s Mill and Blackstocks. Hear tales of courage from soldiers and civilians on both sides and learn about the critical and lasting impact these engagements had on the out of the American Revolution in South Carolina.
The Swamp Fox and the Reconquest of South Carolina: The Battles of Fort Watson, Fort Motte and Eutaw Springs with Doug Bostick and Dan Davis
More than two centuries removed, the name “Swamp Fox” still reverberates through the Low Country of South Carolina. As the light of liberty dimmed with Patriot defeats at Charleston, the Waxhaws and Camden, Francis Marion and his militia remained steadfast in the cause for independence. Even in the face of these disasters, Marion and his militia continued the fight, striking and harassing his British and Loyalist foes. After the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, in cooperation with Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene and Lt. Col. Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee, Marion set out to drive the British once and for all from his native home.
Join the Executive Director and CEO of the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust Doug Bostick and the Trust’s Education Manager Dan Davis as we retrace the footsteps of Marion through some of the final battles in South Carolina that turned him into an American legend.
Sunday, February 21, 2021
“The Behavior of His Majesty’s Troops…Did Honor to Themselves and to their Country”: The Battle of Camden with Rick Wise
In the aftermath of the capture of Charleston, British commander Charles, Lord Cornwallis sought to establish outposts throughout South Carolina to pacify the state. Hoping to recapture American fortunes, Maj. Gen. Horatio Gates rode south to engage the British. Gates decided to strike the British garrison established at Camden. On August 16, Cornwallis engaged Gates several miles north of the outpost. In the ensuing battle, Cornwallis routed the Continental army from the field and Gates controversially abandoned his command when the militia fled. The victory cleared South Carolina of any organized Continental resistance and opened the way for Cornwallis to invade North Carolina. Gates’ defeat, however, brought two new Continental commanders to the Southern Department, Nathanael Green and Daniel Morgan. In the months to come both men played a pivotal role in shaping the outcome of the American Revolution in the South.
Join historian Rick Wise for an exploration of Camden. Walk ground saved by the you, members of the American Battlefield Trust, to learn about the actions of individuals on both sides and how their actions influenced the war on the road to independence.
Civil War Columbia
The Seat of Secession: Civil War Columbia
From the dissolution of the Union in December 1860 to Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s occupation in February 1865, Columbia played a key part in South Carolina’s Civil War story. Columbia’s Palmetto Armory supported the Confederate war effort through the production of artillery, ammunition, and firearms. The city also housed a prisoner of war camp. The city’s role in secession made it a target for Sherman during his march through the Carolinas and its subsequent burning remains a topic of controversy to this day.
Join us to explore the fascinating tragic history of Columbia in the Civil War.