Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Battle of Long Cane

Marker ID: SCHM 33-7
Location: Intersection of SC 28 and Road 38
County: McCormick
Coordinates: N 34° 01.927    W 082° 23.647
  34.032117    -82.394117
Style: Free Standing **


About four miles southeast is the site of the American Revolutionary Battle of Long Cane. On December 12, 1780, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Allen and a British force of four to five hundred men defeated Colonel Elijah Clarke and 100 Americans, an advance detachment of a Patriot force commanded by Colonel Benjamin Few.

Erected by McCormick County Historical Commission - 1977


Threatened by the English expansion, on February 1, 1760, Cherokee Indians attacked a group of settlers fleeing the area to Fort Moore in Augusta, GA. The attack was so swift that "the men were not able to reach the guns they had packed in the wagons" (sited below). Reports tell of up to 50 dead, but only 23 were killed. The settlers returned to bury the 23 in a mass grave at this site marked by a stone marker dedicated by Patrick Calhoun to honor his mother, Catherine, who had died in the attack. Source: TheConaways Long Cane Massacre

For more information The American Revolution - South Carolina History