Battle of Huck's Defeat

1444 Brattonsville RD

McConnells, SC 29726

Phone: (803) 684-2327

City: McConnells

Region: Midlands

Battle of Huck's Defeat

This year’s Huck’s Defeat event brings new discoveries, new interpretive programming, and will embody Historic Brattonsville in its heyday. The American Revolutionary skirmish of July 12, 1780 will unfold to the public like never before. The living history museum will bring the Carolina backwoods battlefield site to life on Saturday and continue through Sunday.

Huck’s Defeat, also known as the Battle of Williamson’s Plantation, was an important battle that set the stage for larger and more significant patriot victories. Captain Christian Huck was a Loyalist officer noted for his “particular dislike for the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians in the South Carolina backcountry or ‘rebels’ as the British called them.” James Williamson’s 18th-century plantation is part of the 775-acres that comprises Historic Brattonsville. For over 100 years, the exact location of the Revolutionary War skirmish had remained a mystery. Culture & Heritage Museums conducted archeological research beginning in 2006 that now precisely maps the site of the battle on Williamson’s Plantation.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new battlefield site will be on Saturday. Visitors will be invited for self-guided tours along the new interpretive trail. The quarter-mile gravel trail features interpretive kiosks that illustrate the details of the Battle of Huck’s Defeat and tell the story of the Williamson and Bratton families. Culture & Heritage Museums’ historian Michael Scoggins will lead a guided tour of the new site at 3 p.m.

Taking the field for the first time will be Historic Brattonsville’s first loyalist garrison and the New York Volunteers, who were actual participants in the historic event. The reenactment will commence as units form for Huck’s Raid on the Bratton’s House. In addition to the Battle of Huck’s Defeat, the Battle of Musgrove Mill will be reenacted on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, there is the reenactment of the Battle of Hanging Rock.

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