Liberty or Death Reenactment | May 20-21

“Liberty or Death - the Revolutionary War in the Carolinas”

McConnells, SC - Historic Brattonsville to host new national reenactment event: “Liberty or Death - the Revolutionary War in the Carolinas”

  • WHO: Over 300 reenactors will form infantry and cavalry regiments for one of the largest overarching living history demonstrations in the southeast. The British Brigade, the American Continental Line and militia reenactment units from across the country will come together for this one-time event at Historic Brattonsville.

  • WHAT: Artillery equipped reenactors will recreate the battles of Kings Mountain, Camden and Eutaw Springs on the grounds of Historic Brattonsville during “Liberty or Death.”  The two day event will focus on historically accurate battlefield activities including guard mounts, infantry and artillery drills, caring for the wounded, ration distributions, cooking demonstrations, and military field music. Sutlers will be set up between the two camps with period-style goods for sale. Saturday’s reenactments include the battles of Kings Mountain and Camden. Sunday opens with period-style worship services for both opposing camps and a reenactment of the battle of Eutaw Springs.

  • WHY: “Liberty or Death” is a one-time event at Historic Brattonsville that will portray how the turning point of the revolution was defined in South Carolina. The nationally designated event will present reenactments of the three largest land battles fought in South Carolina during the American Revolution.

  • WHEN: “Liberty or Death – The Revolutionary War in the Carolinas” on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on Sunday, May 21 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • WHERE: Historic Brattonsville is located at 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC 29726

Admission: Adult $10; Senior $8; Youth 4-17 $6; 3 and under & CHM members Free

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An 800-acre living history plantation in York County, SC, Historic Brattonsville is the actual site of one of the first Patriot militia victories, known as the battle of Huck’s Defeat. Every July, Historic Brattonsville’s annual event “Huck’s Defeat” presents reenactments of the 1780 skirmish (between the backcountry militia and the loathed Loyalist Capt. Huck) and tells the story of how Martha Bratton, wife of militia commander Col. William Bratton, and Watt, a plantation slave, helped saved the day. Unlike “Huck’s Defeat,” “Liberty or Death” is a one-time event that will focus on battles fought elsewhere in the Carolinas as an opportunity to examine the bigger picture of the southern campaign in the American Revolution.