The Revolutionary War in Laurens County, SC and Corps of Discovery

February 15, 2014 – Clinton, SC – join SCAR in partnership with the Musgrove Mill State Historic Site for a program on The Revolutionary War in Laurens County, SC and Corps of Discovery to Revolutionary War sites in the area.

The roads will be clear on Saturday and there is power on in Clinton.  We are on for Saturday.  Saturday afternoon, please bring your hiking shoes as it will be wet and muddy, moderate temperature with some wind.

Prof. Jim Piecuch will present his research on the removal of the Loyalists in the area in 1778.  Prof. Jeff Dennis will talk about the 1776 Cherokee WarBrian Robson will talk about the local militia organizations (on both sides); yes there were Little River Regiments of both American and Loyalist troops.  John C. “Jack” Parker, Jr., author of Parker’s Guide, will present his latest research on SC Loyalist militia Maj. William “Bloody Bill” Cunningham’s Bloody Scout raid and we plan to visit the sites of “Bloody Bill’s” massacre of Americans at Hayes Station.  We hope the second edition of Jack’s encyclopedic book on the Revolution in South Carolina will be available and our other authors will be there to answer your questions and sign their books. We will also visit Lt. Col. William Washington’s victory over Col. Thomas Water’s Georgia Loyalist and Col. Thomas Pierson’s South Carolina Loyalist militias gathered at Hammond’s Old Store.  Finally, we will go to the site of the early Whig vs. Tory battle at Lindley’s Fort.  The event is free, the public is invited.  Gather at the Gilliam Center for the Performing Arts, 203 West Calhoun Street at 9:00 am for presentations.  The Gilliam Center is a part of the Thornwell High School on the Thornwell campus.  We will break for a “Dutch Treat” lunch at local restaurants in downtown Clinton, SC, and the afternoon we will carpool to these three historic sites.