Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Potter's Raid

Marker ID: SCHM 43-25
Location: North side o/West Calhoun Street between Church and Salem streets, Sumter
County: Sumter
Coordinates: N 33° 55.476    W 080° 20.798
  33.9246    -80.34663333
Style: Free Standing **


On April 9, 1865, the day that Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Federal troops under Gen.
Edward E. Potter occupied Sumter. They destroyed railroad property (locomotives, cars, shops, store houses, the freight depot), burned cotton and the jail, ransacked businesses and looted homes. Potter, whose headquarters was at the present courthouse site on Main Street, left Sumter on April 11 th.

Erected by Sumter County Historical Commission - 1993


Two sided - Military Post

At about time of Potter's Raid, General Robert E. Lee was meeting with General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse.

Explore more:
Wikipedia - Battle of Appomattox Court House

Wikipedia - South Carolina in the American Civil War
Wikipedia - Charleston, South Carolina in the American Civil War