Orangeburg in Orangeburg County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Two Old Guns Of Captain Henry Felder
The two old cannons before you played a vital part in making the Orangeburgh District free of British tyranny and alive with the American freedom we enjoy today.
Under command of General Sumter, Capt. Henry Felder's Militia Company (including seven of Capt. Felder's sons) guided Sumter's troops by way of the Belleview Road, down Russell Street and into Orangeburgh village. Firing cannons along the way, Capt. Felder's troops defeated the British Militia and gained control of the Orangeburgh post.
These cannons were Capt. Henry Felder's pride and joy. For may years there could be seen, plainly cut, on these old guns "HP" on one and "H. Felder 1781" on the other.
Felder was a staunch, patriotic man who brought love of liberty from his native Swiss land. He spoke of his fatherland with pride and was willing to risk all, rather then submit to the tyrannies of the British. Nearing the end of the Revolution Capt. Felder was killed by British tories while defending his home. He is gone, but to this day, the freedom he fought and died for in the village of Orangeburgh lives within us all.
May 11, 1989
Location. 33° 29.414′ N, 80° 51.825′ W. Marker is in Orangeburg, South Carolina, in Orangeburg County. Marker can be reached from Russell Street (State Highway 33), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located between Church Street and Middleton Street (State Road 38-211), along west side of Courthouse Square. Marker is in this post office area: Orangeburg SC 29115, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Orangeburg Confederate Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Court House Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Graveyard (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Dixie Club Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); Williams Chapel A.M.E. Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Church of the Redeemer (approx. 0.4 miles away); Judge Glover's Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial Fountain (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Orangeburg.
Also see . . . "Captain Felder's Cannon". By Boo Sheppard, Special to The Times&Democrat Thursday, September 06, 2007 (Submitted on February 5, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
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