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.
Feature on the Upcountry
- Lexington County Museum WebQuest
Explore the John Fox Farm in Lexington, SC and find out more about life in the Back Country.
- Grace and Rachel Martin
Find out how Grace and Rachel Martin helped the Patriots by dressing up as men.
- Walnut Grove Plantation
This plantation in Spartanburg County was built in 1765.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- SCIWAY-The American Revolution
Need more information on battles, timelines, or people? Find it here.
- Fort Dorchester
Watch this video to learn more about the remains of the fort on the Ashley River built around 1750.
- Buford's Defeat
The Battle of Waxhaws took place on May 29, 1780 near Lancaster between a Continental Army force led by Abraham Buford and a mainly Loyalist force led by Banastre Tarleton.
- Waxhaw Presbyterian Church
The wounded from the battle were brought to this historic church.
- Waxhaw Presbyterian Church
- King's Mountain Battleground
Take a walk around the field where the Battle of King’s Mountain took place in 1780.
Remnants 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.
- South Carolina Constitution of 1776
The South Carolina General Assembly wrote a state constitution to outline grievances with Great Britain and to establish their own independent government.
- Charles Pinckney and the U. S. Constitution
Find out how Charles Pinckney helped shape the Constitution.
- 4 SC Signers of the Constitution
Read about the four signers of the constitution who were from South Carolina.
- The Continental Congress
The Continental Congress represented the 13 British colonies that were negotiating and fighting for freedom.