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Gaffney in Cherokee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

“...A Most Dreary Appearance”

 
 
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By Brian Scott, May 12, 2010
1. "...A Most Dreary Appearance" Marker
Inscription.
In 1849, journalist-historian Benson Lossing traveled to the Scruggs farm seeking information about the Cowpens battle. Using the house as a point of reference, he located fields "within a quarter mile of the Scruggs" where the battle raged more than half a century before.

Journalist Lossing noted that the battlefield presented "a most dreary appearance." Ax and plow had turned an open hardwood forest into stumps, pine thickets and cornfields.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 35° 7.887′ N, 81° 48.25′ W. Marker is in Gaffney, South Carolina, in Cherokee County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Chesnee Highway (South Carolina Route 11) and Battlefield Road (South Carolina Route 110). Click for map. Marker is located north of the Robert Scruggs House. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4001 Chesnee Highway, Gaffney SC 29341, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robert Scruggs House (a few steps from this marker); The British Army (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sword Clash on Green River Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); January 17, 1781 (approx. 0.4 miles
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By Brian Scott, May 12, 2010
2. "...A Most Dreary Appearance" Marker
away); Landscape Restoration Project (approx. 0.4 miles away); Form the Line of Battle (approx. 0.4 miles away); Skirmishers Retreat, British Advance (approx. half a mile away); Washington Light Infantry Monument (approx. half a mile away); Sharpshooters at the Skirmish Line (approx. half a mile away); Let 'em Get Within Killin' Distance (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Gaffney.
 
Also see . . .
1. Benson John Lossing. Benson John Lossing (February 12, 1813 – June 3, 1891) was a prolific and popular American historian, known best for his illustrated books on the American Revolution and American Civil War and features in Harper's Magazine. (Submitted on June 25, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Cowpens National Battlefield. During the American Revolution, the Battle of Cowpens, January 17, 1781, played an important part in the chain of events that led to the climax of the war at Yorktown. (Submitted on June 25, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
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"...A Most Dreary Appearance" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 12, 2010
3. "...A Most Dreary Appearance" Marker
Benson John Lossing<br>February 12, 1813 – June 3, 1891 image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 12, 2010
4. Benson John Lossing
February 12, 1813 – June 3, 1891
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 541 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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