Lowcountry Proud: Berkeley County - Revolutionary War History - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

Lowcountry Proud: Berkeley County - Revolutionary War History

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • SC same-sex couples denied marriage licenses, despite court ruling

    SC same-sex couples denied marriage licenses, despite court ruling

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:45:17 GMT
    Today, five same-sex couples in Greenville went to try to get their marriage licenses. As soon as they applied, all five were denied.
    Today, five same-sex couples in Greenville went to try to get their marriage licenses. As soon as they applied, all five were denied.
  • House approves VA health care overhaul; SC congressman votes against

    House approves VA health care overhaul; SC congressman votes against

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:32:27 GMT
    The House has approved a compromise bill to refurbish the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' health care.The 420-5 vote Wednesday sends the bill to the Senate, where approval is expected by the end of the week.South Carolinacongressman MarkSanford was one of the five who voted against the bill. Sanford released a statementto News 2Wednesday night about his vote:"I applaud what the bill did to deliver on the sacred but tainted promise the federal government has with veterans acr...
    The House has approved a compromise bill to refurbish the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' health care.The 420-5 vote Wednesday sends the bill to the Senate, where approval is expected by the end of the week.South Carolinacongressman MarkSanford was one of the five who voted against the bill. Sanford released a statementto News 2Wednesday night about his vote:"I applaud what the bill did to deliver on the sacred but tainted promise the federal government has with veterans acr...
  • Advocates against domestic violence push for tougher federal gun law

    Advocates against domestic violence push for tougher federal gun law

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:00:17 GMT
    On Wednesday the U.S. Judiciary Committee listened to renewed legislation that aims at keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and expanding the law to include dating-partners and people with restraining orders or stalkers. In South Carolina the number of women murdered by men more than doubles the national average. "When an abuser has a gun, victims will tell me, 'Sheriff its not if he will use that weapon against me it's a matter of when," said a Sheriff from Racine County, WI. Cu...
    On Wednesday the U.S. Judiciary Committee listened to renewed legislation that aims at keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and expanding the law to include dating-partners and people with restraining orders or stalkers. In South Carolina the number of women murdered by men more than doubles the national average. "When an abuser has a gun, victims will tell me, 'Sheriff its not if he will use that weapon against me it's a matter of when," said a Sheriff from Racine County, WI. Cu...
Powered by WorldNow

210 W. Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Telephone: 843.216.4875
Fax: 843.881.3410
Email: news@wcbd.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.