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Musgrove Mill State Historic, Clinton

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Musgrove Mill State Historic Site was the site of the Battle of Musgrove Mill, an action in the American Revolutionary War, which occurred on August 19, 1780, near the Enoree River, on what (in the 21st century) is the border between Spartanburg, Laurens, and Union Counties in South Carolina, approximately seven miles from Interstate 26.In the August 1780, a group of 200 Patriot militiamen attempted to strike what they thought was an equal number of Loyalists camped near a ford on the Enoree River. The Loyalists, however, had recently been joined by 300 more, two hundred of them provincial regulars from the British post at Ninety Six, South Carolina. Once discovered, the Patriots were unable to either retreat or make a frontal assault. Instead they took up a position behind logs and brush on a nearby ridge and lured the Loyalists into attacking them. A fierce fight ensued and turned into a near rout for the Loyalists. Nevertheless, when the Patriot militia learned that American forces had been defeated three days before at the Battle of Camden, they also retreated.North Carolina Patriot militia leader Col. Isaac Shelby, campaigning to Musgrove Mill from the area of present-day northeast Tennessee, fought at the Battle of Musgrove Mill with a small force of Overmountain Men. After the battle, Shelby and his Overmountain Men returned over the Appalachia Mountains to the Sycamore Shoals (located at present-day Elizabethton, Tennessee). Shelby was one of the Patriot officers mustering weeks later at Sycamore Shoals on September 25, 1780, in advance of the early October 7, 1780 Battle of Kings Mountain.
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  • It is good to see that the State of South Carolina has preserved this site. The grounds are well-kept, and the location is just a short drive east of I-26. If you are an "Ultimate Explorer" looking fo...  more »
  • Beautiful area. Good area to drive and enjoy the country side. If you want to hike around the site the trails are short and easy. Would recommend for casual outing.  more »
  • Small but informative interpretive center, knowledgeable staff, nice hiking trail and picnic areas, and it's FREE. Great place for small kids or a school group.  more »
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  • So peaceful and serene. Sat on the back porch in a rocker and took in the solitude. Beautiful park, perfectly maintained. Dawn, the park ranger, is just the very best!!
  • Nice scenery, helpful Park Rangers, lots of history and walking trails. Really enjoyed wading in the water around the small waterfalls.
  • Guided tour was one of the best parts of the park. The rangers was very personable and great with the kids.
  • Historic.nature at it's finest.staff there very friendly..great for strolling.kid friendly
  • Very nice visitor center and well done displays. Great place for a walk also.