Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Battle of Stateburg

Marker ID: SCHM 43-36
Location: N. King’s Hwy. (S.C. Hwy. 261), Stateburg, SC
County: Sumter
Coordinates: N 33° 56.911    W 080° 31.6
  33.94851666    -80.52666666
Style: Free Standing **


In April 1865 2,700 Federal troops commanded by Brig. Gen. Edward E. Potter left Georgetown in a raid against the railroad lines between Sumter and Camden. After briefly occupying Sumter Potter advanced to Manchester and remained there for a few days. On April 14 he ordered the 25th Ohio Infantry and 107th Ohio Infantry to advance toward Stateburg in a reconnaissance in force.

The Confederate force here was the 9th Kentucky Mounted Infantry, a section of an artillery battery, and a few S.C. militia. After it drove back the first Federal attack Potter brought up the rest of his division on April 15 and fought “quite a Sharp skirmish” which forced some Confederates back but did not break their lines. On April 16 he bypassed Stateburg and proceeded to Camden.

Erected by the Sumter County Historical Commission, 2006


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