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Battle of Blackstock's Historic Site, Union County (off S.C. Hwy. 49, Cross Anchor vicinity)
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View of Patriot
View of British
Daughters of
the American
Monument Detail
Tyger River
below Battle Site

(Blackstock’s Plantation) At Blackstock’s tobacco barn on the Tyger River, British troops under Colonel Banastre Tarleton battled with American militiamen under General Thomas Sumter on November 20, 1780. The Americans drove off the attacking British infantry and cavalry. Although the Americans dispersed and were unable to attack the British post at Ninety-Six as originally planned, they did serious damage to the morale of Tarleton’s Legion, as well as inflicting heavy casualties, demonstrating that the British did not have as firm a hold in South Carolina as believed. The Blackstock’s battlefield is located south of the Tyger River, immediately east of the Spartanburg County line, in a hilly, wooded region. In the eighteenth century much of the land of the battlefield was cleared, but has since overgrown with small pines and brush. No above-the-surface evidence remains of Blackstock’s barn or house, which were located in the area of the historical marker that designates the battle site, and there are no modern buildings in the area of the battlefield. Listed in the National Register December 16, 1974.

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