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June 27, 2016
Annual American Revolutionary War reenactment - the Battle of Huck’s Defeat tells the story of the colonial families and their fight for freedom in the Carolina Backcountry
McCONNELLS, SC – The pivotal story of the role of the men and women of the Carolina Piedmont during the American Revolutionary War will come to life at Historic Brattonsville. “The Battle of Huck’s Defeat” event will occur on Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, July 10 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The two-day event will include battle reenactments, 18th-century music by fiddlers Nash Lyle and Zach Lemhouse, period cooking demonstrations, children’s militia drills, camp-life activities, and shopping with period merchants on sutlers’ row. This year’s event will include cannon and musket firing demonstrations.
Two battle reenactments will unfold during this year’s “Battle of Huck’s Defeat” at Historic Brattonsville: the Battle of Rocky Mount on Saturday, July 9 at 2 p.m. and the Battle of Huck’s Defeat on Sunday, July 10 at 2 p.m. The American (Patriot) reenactor units include the New Acquisition Militia Regiment, South Carolina Rangers, South Carolina Militia, 2nd North Carolina Continental Regiment, 2nd South Carolina Continental Regiment, and 3rd Continental Light Dragoon Regiment and their horses. The British and Loyalist reenactor units include Helyar’s Company of the 7th Regiment of Foot (Royal Fuziliers,) Royal Provincial Regiment, and New Jersey Light Infantry.
Reflective activities include a Wreath Laying Ceremony on Saturday at noon presented by the Col. William Bratton Chapter of the South Carolina Society Sons of the American Revolution and accompanied by numerous chapters of both the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution as well as the Children of the American Revolution. An 18th century worship service will be offered at 10 a.m. on Sunday in the Oak Grove.
The battlefield site of Huck’s Defeat and interpretive trail at Historic Brattonsville was first opened to the public in 2014 after years of archeological research initiated by historian Michael Scoggins. Visitors can walk the interpretive trail of the actual battlefield site where the irreverent Captain Christian Huck was shot and fell from his horse to his death in his furious pursuit to impede the liberty and freedom of the early colonists of the Carolina Backcountry.
Historic Brattonsville’s “Huck’s Defeat Battle Research, Interpretation, and Exhibit Project” received the 2015 award for Achievement of Excellence from the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies. Historian Michael Scoggins has been the driving force behind the preservation of history of the York County region and the Southern Campaign for the American Revolution. Earlier this year the National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America presented Scoggins with the society’s annual Golden Shield Award in recognition of Scoggins’ contributions as a writer and researcher and for his commitment to local and regional military and American history. Scoggins has been a historian for Culture and Heritage Museums of York County since 1999 and is research director for the Southern Revolutionary War Institute.
The Battle of Huck’s Defeat: Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, July 10 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Historic Brattonsville is located at 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC 29726
Please note that Brattonsville Road will be closed during the two-day event and visitors should follow detour signs.
Admission Fees: $10 Adults; $8 Senior Citizens; $7 Youth; Free for CHM Members and ages 3 and under
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase from the Friends of Historic Brattonsville; picnic baskets are always welcome.