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Near Enoree in Spartanburg County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Bloody Chaos

 
 
Bloody Chaos Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, May 24, 2016
1. Bloody Chaos Marker
Inscription. As the British began to retreat from the field, the Patriots, not content with having repulsed the attack, left their positions on the ridge to chase the fleeing enemy. Soon, the battle disintegrated into a fierce hand-to-hand fight for survival. Sabers, knives, tomahawks and fists became the weapons of choice, and guns were used as clubs since there was no longer time to reload. This brutal fighting continued until the remaining Loyalists and Provincials could escape to their camp on the other side of the Enoree River.
 
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
 
Location. 34° 36.084′ N, 81° 51.068′ W. Marker is near Enoree, South Carolina, in Spartanburg County. Marker can be reached from Horseshoe Falls Road (State Highway S-42-10) 1.4 miles south of State Highway 56, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. This marker is one of a series along the Musgrove Mill Battlefield Trail. The trail starts at a parking area and leads to a loop where the main battle action occurred. This marker is in the loop section approximately 5400 feet from the start of the trail. Marker is in this post office area: Enoree SC 29335, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Main Event (within shouting distance of this marker); The Enemy Within (within shouting distance of this marker); Ready for the Enemy (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Shadrach Inman Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Trap Is Sprung (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Winning the Battle & the War (about 500 feet away); In Hot Pursuit (about 700 feet away); A Bad Situation Gets Worse (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Enoree.
 
More about this marker. This part of the trail is in forest having re-entered from a clearing where the main battle action occurred.
 
Regarding Bloody Chaos. Illustration at right: "During the desperate chase to the Enoree River, the fighting became one-on-one violence."
Illustration at bottom: "Soon after the retreat began, savage up-close combat was common all over the battlefield." – Illustration courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration
 
Additional keywords. Musgrove's Mill
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 155 times since then and 9 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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