Battle of Huck's Defeat 2019


Contact: Marie Cheek,  Community Relations Coordinator Culture & Heritage Museums of York County, S.C. 803.818.6767

Annual American Revolutionary War reenactment - the Battle of Huck’s Defeat tells the story of the Brattonsville community and their fight for freedom in the Carolina Backcountry

The Battle of Huck's Defeat set the stage for significant patriot victories during the American Revolution

McCONNELLS, S.C. - Reenactments of two pivotal American Revolution battles take place during the annual “Battle of Huck’s Defeat” event on Sat. July 13 and on Sun. July 14. Throughout the weekend, Historic Brattonsville will come alive through live action cavalry and camp life with reenactor regiments from all over the Southeast. There’ll be 18th-century artillery firing demonstrations along with pistols and sabers wielded by soldiers on horseback.

An 800-acre living history plantation in York County, Historic Brattonsville is the actual site of the important Patriot militia victory known as the Battle of Huck’s Defeat. The annual event includes a reenactment of the 1780 battle between the local Patriot militia and Loyalist troops commanded by the loathed British commander Capt. Christian Huck.

Saturday, July 13 itinerary: The Battle of Huck’s Defeat reenactment is scheduled for Saturday, June 13 at 2 p.m. A wreath laying ceremony will be 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, the wreath laying ceremony is a traditional, reflective moment for the annual Battle of Huck’s Defeat event. The ceremony will be followed with a special tribute to the late Michael Scoggins.

Sunday, July 14 itinerary: A reenactment of the Battle of Flat Rock is scheduled for Sunday, June 14 at 2 p.m. Sunday features a church service in the Oak Grove at 10:30 a.m. followed by an 18th-century style wedding.

Ongoing activities: Throughout the weekend at Historic Brattonsville, period-dressed interpreters demonstrate 18th-century foodways, medicine and traditional arts such as weaving and blacksmithing. Children’s militia drills, games, and make-and-take activities will be ongoing.

About the battlefield site: Visitors can walk the grounds of the actual American Revolution battlefield site at Historic Brattonsville. An interpretive trail tells the story of how Captain Christian Huck, a Loyalist officer noted for his “particular dislike for the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians in the South Carolina backcountry,” was shot and fell from his horse to his death in his furious pursuit to impede the liberty and freedom of the early colonists.

Huck’s Defeat is also known as the Battle of Williamson’s Plantation. James Williamson’s 18th-century plantation is part of the 800-acres that comprises today’s Historic Brattonsville. For over one hundred years, the exact location of the revolutionary war site had remained a mystery. Michael Scoggins initiated the archeological research in 2006 that lead to the precise mapping of the battlefield. The battlefield site of Huck’s Defeat and interpretive trail at Historic Brattonsville first opened to the public in 2014 after years of archeological research facilitated by Culture & Heritage Museums’ historian Michael Scoggins. “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. Artifacts collected during the battlefield’s archeological surveys are displayed 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.

About Michael Scoggins: A tribute to historian Michael Scoggins, who lost his fight with cancer earlier this year, is planned for July 13 at noon. In 2016, 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 had been historian for Culture and Heritage Museums of York County since 1999 and was research director for the Southern Revolutionary War Institute.

Images: Dragoons charging in during the 2017 Battle of Huck’s Defeat reenactment. Photo courtesy of Mike Watts. For high resolution images, contact Marie Cheek.

Battle of Huck’s Defeat is Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, July 14 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Historic Brattonsville is located at 1444 Brattonsville Rd. McConnells, S.C. 29726 Note: Brattonsville Road closed from 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Look for detour. General Admission: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Youth 4-7 $5; free for CHM members and ages 3 and under. For more information, go to or call 803.684.2327

Historic Brattonsville is a Blue Star Museum and offers free admission throughout the summer to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.

About Historic Brattonsville: Historic Brattonsville features over 30 colonial and antebellum structures, including two house museums. The plantation spreads over 800-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.

Historic Brattonsville is included in “The Green Book of South Carolina” – a travel guide to African American cultural sites.

Culture & Heritage Museums is a family of museums in York County and includes Historic Brattonsville, Main Street Children’s Museum, McCelvey Center and Museum of York County. The mission of CHM is to communicate and preserve the natural and cultural histories of the Carolina Piedmont, inspiring a lifetime of learning.