Newly Discovered Battlefield Site Comes to Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2014


Contact:Marie Cheek
Community Relations Coordinator
Culture & Heritage Museums
803/909-7244
mcheek@chmuseums.org


 


Newly Discovered Carolina Backwoods Battlefield Site Comes to Life


MCCONNELLS, SC – An opening ceremony for Historic Brattonsville’s newly discovered battlefield is slated for Saturday, July 12 during the annual reenactment of the Battle of Huck’s Defeat.


This year’s Huck’s Defeat event brings new discoveries, new interpretive programming, and will embody Historic Brattonsville in its heyday. The American Revolutionary skirmish of July 12, 1780 will unfold to the public like never before. The living history museum will bring the Carolina backwoods battlefield site to life on Saturday, July 12 and continue through Sunday, July 13.


Huck’s Defeat, also known as the Battle of Williamson’s Plantation, was an important battle that set the stage for larger and more significant patriot victories. Captain Christian Huck was a Loyalist officer noted for his “particular dislike for the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians in the South Carolina backcountry or ‘rebels’ as the British called them.” James Williamson’s 18th-century plantation is part of the 775-acres that comprises Historic Brattonsville. For over one hundred years, the exact location of the revolutionary war skirmish had remained a mystery. Culture & Heritage Museums conducted archeological research beginning in 2006 that now precisely maps the site of the battle on Williamson’s Plantation.


A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new battlefield site will be on Saturday, July 12. Visitors will be invited for self-guided tours along the new interpretive trail. The quarter-mile gravel trail features interpretive kiosks that illustrate the details of the Battle of Huck’s Defeat and tell the story of the Williamson and Bratton families. Culture & Heritage Museums’ historian Michael Scoggins will lead a guided tour of the new site at 3 p.m.


Taking the field for the first time will be Historic Brattonsville’s first loyalist garrison and the New York Volunteers, who were actual participants in the historic event. The reenactment will commence as units form for Huck’s Raid on the Bratton’s House. In addition to the Battle of Huck’s Defeat, the Battle of Musgrove Mill will be reenacted on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, July 13, the reenactment of the Battle of Hanging Rock, which was the first military engagement for a young Andrew Jackson, will take place.


Culture & Heritage Museums commissioned renowned painters Don Troiani and Dan Nance to visually capture the story of the Battle of Huck’s Defeat. Seven original paintings will be on display in Historic Brattonsville’s Visitors Center during the opening weekend festivities.  Prints of the artwork will be available for purchase year-round. The Visitors Center will also feature a new short film that will help orient visitors about Huck’s Defeat. Artifacts recently collected during the new battlefield’s archeological surveys will be on exhibition in the Visitors Center. The collection of artifacts includes rifle balls, uniform buttons, and horse gear as well as domestic artifacts such as earthenware and colonoware.


The two-day educational and entertaining event is family-friendly. In addition to the three battle reenactments and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new battlefield site, activities include 18th-century music & dancing, cavalry weapons demonstrations, a Uniform Lecture, Kid’s Militia Drill, a memorial wreath-laying ceremony lead by Col. William Bratton Chapter SC Sons of the American Revolution, and an 18th-century Worship Service on Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Oak Grove. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase, however picnic baskets are encouraged.


Funding for Huck’s Defeat Battlefield Project was provided in part by the York County Hospitality Tax Program.


Historic Brattonsville features over thirty colonial and antebellum structures, including two house museums. The plantation spreads over 775-acres and includes farmed land with heritage breed animals, a Revolutionary War battlefield site, and a nature preserve with miles of walking trails. Seasonal events, reenactments, and living history programs interpret Southern rural life from the 1750s to the 1850s. The mission of the Culture and Heritage Museums is to communicate and preserve the natural and cultural histories of the Carolina Piedmont, inspiring a lifetime of learning. 


Historic Brattonsville is located at 1444 Brattonsville Road in McConnells, SC 29726. For more information, visit www.chmuseums.org or call 803/684-2327. 


Hours for Huck’s Defeat: July 12-13, 2014; Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Sunday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Admission: Adults - $6, Seniors $5, Youth (ages 4-17) - $3, FREE to CHM members and children age 3 and younger.


As a member of Blue Star Museums, Culture & Heritage Museums offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day