Revolution and New Nation

Revolutionary war reenactors in red coats shooting muskets.

Reenactment at Musgrove Mill Historic site. Image courtesy of SCPRT.

Soldiers, leaders, and statesmen from South Carolina were pivotal in our nation’s fight for independence.

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People

  • John C. Calhoun
    See a painting of John C. Calhoun that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
  • Emily Geiger
    Emily Geiger risked her life by serving as a messenger for the Colonial army during the Revolutionary War.
  • Henry Laurens
    Learn more about Henry Laurens, a statesman and planter from South Carolina.
  • Francis Marion
    Francis Marion was called “the swamp fox” as he and his men would hide in the backwoods and swamps during the Revolutionary War.
  • Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
    View a portrait of Charles Pinckney, a South Carolina lawyer and delegate to the Constitutional Convention.
  • Thomas Sumter
    Thomas Sumter was a distinguished general in the Revolutionary War.

Places

  • Mulberry Plantation
    Explore the Mulberry Plantation, built in 1714 by Thomas Broughton, a royal governor of South Carolina in 1735.
  • Historic Brattonsville
    Take an online tour of Brattonsville, a Scots-Irish settlement in York County.
  • The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
    This history of a Charleston government building tells stories of pirates, hangings, George Washington, and more.
  • Drayton Hall
    Learn about Drayton Hall, built in 1738 by John Drayton.

Culture

  • Seat of War in South Carolina, 1780
    This map of South Carolina shows the towns, rivers, and significant battle sites.
  • Blacks in the Revolution
    Find out more about African-Americans who fought in the Revolutionary War.
  • The Price of Freedom
    Click on War of Independence to watch a movie and see artifacts from the era such as George Washington’s Camp Cup.
  • Liberty Song
    Listen to a clip of one of the first American “patriotic songs” to receive widespread acceptance. Published in the Pennsylvania Chronicle, July 4-11, 1768.

War & Battlefields

Government

Fort DorchesterRemnants of Fort Dorchester, built in 1757, and clearly show how the wall is constructed from tabby (which is a mixture of sand, oyster shells, and lime). Image courtesy of flickr user Eyebee.

  • The Continental Congress DISCUS
    The Continental Congress represented the 13 British colonies that were negotiating and fighting for freedom.