B. Waxhaws

Blood in the Backcountry

The first major battle in the backcountry (or upcountry) of South Carolina was fought on May 29, 1790 at a place called "The Waxhaws" in the Catawba River valley.

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About The Southern Campaign
About The Southern Campaign

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The Southern Campaign of the American Revolution, picks up the story after the fall of Charleston in 1780. After catastrophes at The Waxhaws and Camden, victories in battles and skirmishes such as...
General Henry Clinton  | Battle of Waxhaws
General Henry Clinton | Battle of Waxhaws

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General Henry Clinton and the British high command decided what they needed was a “Southern strategy.” The British decided to bring the war to the South because (1) they hadn’t really won any major...
Map | British Troops Arrive in Charles Town
Map | British Troops Arrive in Charles Town

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More than 6,000 British troops were shipped from New York to Charles Town. After a short siege, the city fell. Charles Town would supply the British army with provisions and become the base of...
Siege of Charles Town - 1780
Siege of Charles Town - 1780

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The War for American Independence began well for the Patriots in the South. In the city of Charles Town, South Carolina (known as “Charleston” after the war)—an unfinished palmetto fort withstood the...
Colonel Abraham Buford | Battle of Waxhaws
Colonel Abraham Buford | Battle of Waxhaws

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Colonel Abraham Buford was leading a regiment of Continental soldiers from Virginia to South Carolina to help defend Charleston. A group of soldiers coming from Charleston met them on the road and...

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