These photographs of the Eutaw Springs battlefield were kindly submitted for our use by Ron Stevenson.
On the South side of the Santee River, near the former location of the Old Lenud's Ferry, is the town of Eutawville, SC. Near the Eastern edge of town lies Eutaw Springs. Here, on a hot steamy September 8, 1781, the American Forces under General Nathanael Greene met the British Forces under Col. Stewart. In Greene's ranks was also another noted Patriot, Francis Marion, better known as "The Swamp Fox". This battle was the last major encounter fought in the south and would prove to be one of the bloodiest, with both sides suffering many casualties.
The Continental's charge routed the British troops, and they began a hasty retreat, but the half starved and poorly clothed Patriots stopped to plunder the evacuated camp of the British soldiers. This broke the charge and gave the British time to regroup, which they did, and this grave mistake lost the day for the Patriots. The battle was called a draw, with neither side being victorious, but it proved to be an important cause of the British leaving the south.
Many fine old plantation homes now lie beneath the waters of Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie, which were created from the Santee River in the early 1940's. Among those underwater is "Pond Bluff", the home of Francis Marion. His tomb is located a few miles East of Eutaw Springs, on Highway 45, near the community of Pineville, SC, at the former home of his brother, Gabriel Marion, which was known as "Belle Isle".
To reach this site from I-95, heading south, just after you cross the Santee River Bridge, take Highway 6 East (exit 98), to Eutawville. At the stop sign where Highway 6 junctions with Highway 45, turn left and stay on 6-45 for approximately one mile. Battlefield is on left.
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Battlefield Facing North.
Battlefield Facing Southeast.
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