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Lowcountry Proud: Berkeley County - Revolutionary War History

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Berkeley County has a rich history, from the colonial times all the way through today. When you drive down NAD road and across the Goose Creek Bridge, you may not realize you are driving through a pivotal point during the American Revolution.

Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler wrote a book on the Goose Creek Bridge, "The Goose Creek Bridge was the most efficient conveyance that tied the city of Charleston to South Carolina, to the wilderness."

Near the bridge, large plantations such as The Oaks, Otranto and The Elms flourished. The British came to the bridge, and took control, setting up shop in nearby, including using the Saint James Goose Creek Church, "less than a year later, Wade Hampton, the famous American patriot, came galloping in here, with his American patriots. And this wall wasn't here at the time, and he came galloping right up to the doors of the church."

With the church sealed off, they went inside and arrested several British soldiers.

On the other side of Moncks Corner, General Francis Marion fought a Battle at the Wadboo Creek Bridge near Cordesville. That bridge was being defended by Marion for similar reasons, to disrupt British supply lines.

Some relics of those Revolutionary war battles are still being found to this day. Eddie McKnight lives just a couple miles from the Wadboo creek bridge. He found part of a sword after digging a pond in his backyard years ago.

Experts from the state museum tell him it is a British hanger sword used during the revolution. They said it may have been a sword used to fight General Marion and his men, "well, it's exciting, especially after we found out what it really is. Because at first, I thought it was just something that farmers might have used to cut down corn stalks or something like that. When I found out it was really a British hanger sword forged here in the states, it was real special."

General Marion and his men went on to win that battle, and the day after the British abandoned Charleston, he returned home.

Today, you can visit General Francis Marion's tomb near Pineville. He is buried next to his wife at his brother's plantation, Belle Isle.

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