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Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site

 Clinton, SC


Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site

398 State Park Rd, Clinton, SC 29325

Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site preserves, protects, and interprets the site of the August 19, 1780 American Revolutionary War battle of Musgrove’s Mill. This battle between 200 Patriot militia and a joint force of 200 Loyalist militia and 300 British Provincial troops was a surprising Patriot victory and a major turning point during the Revolutionary War. This victory boosted the failing morale of South Carolina Patriots and dispelled the British high command’s belief that they had crushed all Patriot resistance following the major Patriot defeats at Camden on August 16, 1780 and Fishing Creek on August 18, 1780. Park staff interprets not only the Battle of Musgrove’s Mill, but also the brutal ‘partisan’ warfare that took place throughout upstate South Carolina that divided the loyalties of communities and families during the American Revolution

The battle and the history of the Revolutionary War in the South Carolina Backcountry is detailed through interpretative signage in the Visitor Center and along the 1-mile British Camp Trail and a 1.5-mile Battlefield trail.

Natural features of the park include Horseshoe Falls, a fishing pond, and the Enoree River. Special events, Ranger Guided Hikes, and Living History programs are held at the park throughout the year.

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