Historic Celebrations in South Carolina

Cowpens

In January of 1781 General Daniel Morgan's Army of soldiers and militiamen defeated the larger force of LTC Banastre Tarleton's Regulars. The strategy that Morgan employed here, using the militia to draw Tarleton's force into the guns of the American regulars, was depicted in the movie "The Patriot." The site of the battle is now the Cowpens National Battlefield.

Each year the Daniel Morgan Chapter of the SCSSAR conducts a memorial service on the anniversary of the battle. This year the 221st Anniversary Celebration was held on Saturday January 12, 2002. For more information, contact Dr. Lynwood Jordan.

Kettle Creek, Georgia

Eight miles west of Washington is the Kettle Creek battleground where the decisive victory of the Patriots over the Tories on February 14, 1779, broke the hold of the British and saved Georgia from total capitulation.


Click here for more information on the battle.

This year the celebration was held on February 9.

Click here to see a picture of the 2002 South Carolina SAR participants


Kings Mountain

Kings Mountain National Military Park commemorates a pivotal and significant victory by American Patriots over American Loyalists during the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War. The battle, fought on October 7, 1780, destroyed the left wing of Cornwallis' army and effectively ended Loyalist ascendance in the Carolinas. The victory halted the British advance into North Carolina, forced Lord Cornwallis to retreat from Charlotte into South Carolina, and gave General Nathaniel Greene the opportunity to reorganize the American Army. In 2002 the celebration will take place on October 7. For details click here


Camden

Details of Revolutionary War activity at Camden


Carolina Day

Since 1777 Carolina Day has been celebrated on June 28 to mark the first major victory of the Patriot cause. On that day in 1776 the Battle of Sullivan's Island was a defeat for the British Navy and Army attempting to take the city of Charleston.

A fine account of the battle has been written by the South Carolina Historical Society.


Ninety Six

The Star Fort at Ninety Six, SC was a major British outpost during the Revolutionary War. In May of 1781, American forces lead by Nathaniel Greene laid siege to the fort using the brilliant Polish engineer Koseciuszko. Progress was slow. When a British relief column approached in mid-June, the Americans left. The British destroyed the fort and abandoned the area.

The site of the fort is now a National Historic Site.


Great Cane Brake

In December of 1775 a skirmish between forces loyal to England and those who wanted to separate from England, known as the Battle of the Great Cane Brake, occurred in the vicinity of the current city of Simpsonville, SC. The result of this battle was to greatly reduce the influence of the Tories in the upstate of South Carolina.

Since 1996, the Colonel Robert Anderson Chapter of the SCSSAR has conducted a memorial ceremony on the anniversary of the battle. In 2001 the celebration was held on Saturday December 15.

Click here to see a map of how to get to the site

Click here to see a picture of some of the 2001 South Carolina SAR participants


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