Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Battle of Beech Creek / The Civil War Ends in S.C.

Marker ID: SCHM 43-30
Location: North of Beech Creek on (N. King’s Hwy.) S.C. Hwy. 261, Stateburg, SC
County: Sumter
Coordinates: N 33° 58.328    W 080° 32.4
  33.97213333    -80.54
Style: Free Standing **



In April 1865 Confederates formed a defensive line along the high ground above Beech Creek to oppose Brig. Gen. Edward Potter´s Federals advancing through Stateburg toward Camden. S.C. militia, the 9th Ky. Mounted Infantry, and the 1st Ky. "Orphan" Brigade fought off repeated Federal attacks in almost daily fighting between April 11th and 15th.


A full Federal assault on April 15th pushed the Confederates back but the line held, forcing Potter to bypass the position. He briefly occupied Camden, but returned on April 19th. The 25th Ohio Infantry, 157th N.Y. Infantry, and 4th Mass. Cavalry charged across Beech Creek and drove the 53rd Ala. Partisan Rangers and 11th Ga. Cavalry from the line in the last action of the war in S.C.

Erected by the Beech Creek Historical Association and Sumter County Historical Commission, 1997


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