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 of 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.

The Musgrove Mill battle site was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1975. The park includes a visitor center with interpretive exhibits, a memorial to the legendary Mary Musgrove (featured in a popular early 19th-century novel), two marked trails, a picnic area, a fishing pond, a canoe launch, and a small waterfall.
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  • The spirit of nature and total quietness. Historical revolutionary area, with picnic spots, fishing, short but fun hiking trails. Very relaxing and nice place for families and hiking. 
    The spirit of nature and total quietness. Historical revolutionary area, with picnic spots, fishing, short but fun hiking trails. Very relaxing and nice place for families and hiking.  more »
  • This was another side trip on our way back to St Augustine. It’s a Revolutionary War battle site. Although the Redcoats outnumbered the Patriots, The Patriots won the battle. However, both sides... 
    This was another side trip on our way back to St Augustine. It’s a Revolutionary War battle site. Although the Redcoats outnumbered the Patriots, The Patriots won the battle. However, both sides...  more »
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  • Came here for First Hike and even with the rainy weather, it did not disappoint! The rangers and staff were very nice. The program was informative and fun. Definitely planning to come back in the spring!
  • Very cool historical site. We stopped by to get our ultimate outsider stamp and ended up learning so much. The gist shop has a lot of revolutionary war gift

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