Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Battle Of Fishing Creek

Marker ID: SCHM 12-3
Location: US 21, about 2 miles N of Great Falls
County: Chester
Coordinates: N 34° 38.172    W 080° 54.27
  34.6362    -80.9045
Style: Free Standing **


At this site on August 18, 1780 General Thomas Sumter camped with captured booty and 800 men. He was surprised and defeated by Lt. Co!. Tarleton and 160 soldiers. The disaster followed by only two days General Gates´s defeat by Lord Cornwallis at Camden. The patriots lost 150 men killed and many captured, but Sumter escaped and soon rallied another large force.

Erected by Chester County Historical Society - 1974