Disaster in South Carolina Historical

Disaster in South Carolina Historical (HM1SW7)

Location: Lancaster, SC 29720 Lancaster County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 44.516', W 80° 37.567'

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A DeclarationAfter years of tension over taxation and trade, the America colonies declared their independence from Great Britain in 1776. The British Government was determined not to let the colonies go without a fight.The Fight for Independence Moves SouthFour years later the British were poised to win. With a stalemate in the north, British General Henry Clinton set out to capture Charleston. In February 1780, he landed 8,500 men near Savannah and in April besieged Charleston.American General Benjamin Lincoln (right) brought in all available Continental troops and militia to the city and urgently asked for reinforcements. In response, North Carolina and Virginia sent veterans and drafted citizens to help. Colonel Abraham Buford commanded a Virginian unit, called the "Third Provisional Regiment."A Doomed JourneyBuford's 350 Virginians marched south and arrived at Camden on April 25. Here, they received orders to proceed to Charleston and join Colonel Anthony White's cavalry. On May 6, Buford's men belatedly arrived at Lenud's Ferry on the Santee River in time to see White's destruction by Banastre Tarleton's (left) Legion. Six days later General Lincoln surrendered Charleston, over 6,000 men, and 154 cannon to Clinton. It was a disaster for the American
cause.A Fateful DecisionBuford's regiment was the only remaining Continental unit in South Carolina. Joined by Governor John Rutledge (right) and a few cavalry and militia, Buford's regiment and valuable supply wagons retreated to North Carolina. General Cornwallis learned of Buford's retreat and sent Tarleton and his men in pursuit. He caught up with Buford here in the Waxhaws.What happens next remains a crucial turning point in American history ...
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HM NumberHM1SW7
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Date Added Friday, July 1st, 2016 at 9:03pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 534224 N 3844488
Decimal Degrees34.74193333, -80.62611667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 44.516', W 80° 37.567'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 44' 30.96" N, 80° 37' 34.02" W
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Area Code(s)803
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 262 Rocky River Rd, Lancaster SC 29720, US
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