The Road to Huck’s Defeat


July 2, 2012

Media contact: Mary Lynn Norton

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The Road to Huck’s Defeat

On Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15, reenactors and interpreters at Historic Brattonsville will relive events leading up to and surrounding the Historic Huck’s Defeat Battle fought on the grounds in 1780.

Activities both days will portray the divided loyalties of the Carolina Backcountry during the American  Revolutionary War.  Experience skirmishes, raids, and the turmoil people faced as British and American forces fought to control the Backcountry. Visitors can decide for themselves if they want to become loyalists or patriots in the battle.

Amidst the battles and strife, life continued and weekend observers can listen and dance to 18th Century music and attend a wreath-laying ceremony on Saturday at 3:00 pm hosted by the Colonel William Bratton Chapter of the South Carolina Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.  Over ten chapters from five historical societies will present wreaths.  On Sunday at 11:00 am visitors can attend an 18th Century Worship Service. Kids can participate both days in militia drills, play period games, learn how to write with a quill and dress up in period clothing.  Historic items will be on sale at the 18th Century Merchants Row and at the Visitor’s Center Gift Shop.  Featured at the Gift Shop will be a new book release entitled, “Cavalry of the American Revolution,” edited by Jim Piecuch.  This compilation investigates an important subject often neglected in most histories of the American Revolution - the Role of the Cavalry in the conflict.  CHM historian Michael Scoggins is one of nine historians and writers featured in the publication with his chapter, South Carolina’s Backcountry Rangers.  Scoggins will be available to sign books on Saturday at 10:00am. Author Sheila Ingle will also be on hand both days to sign copies of her children’s book, “Fearless Martha: A Daughter of the American Revolution,” a fictionalized treatment of Martha Bratton’s life during the summer of 1780.

Historic Brattonsville is located at 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC.  Admission for each day of The Road to Huck’s Defeat is $6 Adults; $5 Sr. Citizens; $3 Youth; CHM members and children 3 and under, free. Come early and spend the day.  Purchase lunch and refreshments from the Friends of Historic Brattonsville.  For more information, contact Historic Brattonsville at 803.684.2327.