The American Revolution in South Carolina

March 1, 1775

June 21, 1775

November 21, 1775

February 29, 1776

April 15, 1776

June 4, 1776

October 31, 1776

February 15, 1777

March 28, 1778

January 10, 1779

October 10, 1779

January 20, 1780

May 12, 1780

June 1, 1780

August 16, 1780

January 20, 1781

May 15, 1781

September 30, 1781

November 15, 1781

January 31, 1782

December 14, 1782


On October 20, 1777, Robert Howe was promoted to major general as the commanding officer of the Continental Army's Southern Department, a position he had already held as a brigadier general. There were no other military changes in South Carolina since February of 1777.

The year of 1777 was a slow year for South Carolina militarily. The Loyalists had been significantly silenced the year before, as had the Cherokees. Even the British Navy had decided, for the most part, to leave South Carolina alone. So, the State's Navy took the fight to the British - in the Caribbean and along the Florida coast.

With little else going on, all facets of the ground troops were having problems with desertions, poor attendance, and lower recruiting numbers. There simply was no motivation for men to leave hearth and home.

Interestingly, what is not offered in most histories of the times is - there were plenty of folks moving into South Carolina (and North Carolina) all during the Revolutionary War, but especially during the "lull of 1777." With the Northern Campaign not going so well, those living along the frontiers of Pennsylvania, New York, western Virginia, and even parts of Maryland and Delaware, saw plenty of opportunity for "safety" in the two Carolinas. So, they up and moved their families down the Great Wagon Road.

If only they could have foreseen what the next three years would bring, perhaps they would have remained up north.

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