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Cash Homesite / Capt. Thomas Ellerbe

 
 
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Photographed By Michael Sean Nix, March 6, 2010
1. Cash Homesite / Capt. Thomas Ellerbe Marker
Inscription.  
Cash Homesite
About 100 yards east of here was the home of General Ellerbe Boggan Crawford Cash, widely known for his 1880 duel with challenger Colonel William M. Shannon, whom he killed. Subsequently, all officers of the state and members of the bar were required to take oath that they had not participated in a duel since January 1, 1881. This proviso was placed in the 1895 SC Constitution.

Capt. Thomas Ellerbe
About three miles northeast of here is the Ellerbe Burial Ground (Red Hill Cemetery) where Captain Thomas Ellerbe (1743-1802) is buried. In 1768 he was appointed commissioner to build a church and parsonage for the Parish of St. David. Ellerbe later served in the Revolution as captain under General Francis Marion.
 
Erected 1988 by Historical Society of Chesterfield County and Chesterfield County Historic Preservation Commission. (Marker Number 13-4.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsWar, US Revolutionary
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. In addition, it is included in the South Carolina, Chesterfield County Historical and Preservation Societies series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 1, 1914.
 
Location. 34° 36.489′ N, 79° 52.518′ W. Marker is in Cheraw, South Carolina, in Chesterfield County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 52 and Howard Lane, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 52. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cheraw SC 29520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cheraw Confederate Memorial (approx. 6 miles away); Captain Mose Rogers (approx. 6.1 miles away); Grave Of General Tristram Thomas / Saw Mill Baptist Church (approx. 6.1 miles away); Francis Asbury's First Visit to S.C. (approx. 6.1 miles away); The 71st Regiment of Foot (approx. 6.1 miles away); Old St. David's (approx. 6.1 miles away); Pee Dee Union Baptist Church (approx. 6.1 miles away); Abel Kolb's Murder / Welsh Neck Cemetery (approx. 6.2 miles away); Welsh Neck Settlement (approx. 6.2 miles away); Dizzy Gillespie Birthplace (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cheraw.
 
Also see . . .  General Ellerbe Boggan Crawford Cash. Ellerbe Boggan Crawford Cash was born near Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina, on July
Cash Homesite / Capt. Thomas Ellerbe Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Sean Nix, March 6, 2010
2. Cash Homesite / Capt. Thomas Ellerbe Marker
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1st, 1823. (Submitted on February 12, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. Col. Cash Died: The Man Who Fought the Last South Carolina Duel
The New York Times
February 28, 1888

Columbia, S.C., Feb. 27. — Col E.B.C. Cash, the famous duelist and "fire eater," who killed Col. William M. Shannon, a prominent lawyer, in a duel in August 1880, and who subsequently for 10 days denied the entire power of the State to arrest him, died at his home in Chesterfield County on Saturday of paralysis, aged 66 years. He was buried yesterday in the grounds adjoining the Cash mansion, beside his son, Boggan Cash, a young desperado, who was shot and killed by a Sheriff's posse five years ago while resisting arrest for the murder of the Town Marshal of Cheran.

Before the abolition of slavery Col. Cash owned large plantations and several hundred slaves. At the outbreak of the war he was one of the first in the field, and commanded the Eighth South Carolina Regiment at the first Manassas battle. He was a bold and desperate fighter. After the war he settled upon his lands and planted. He was a great sporting man and owned fine horses. He had a very quick temper, and since the war had killed four
Cash Homesite / Capt. Thomas Ellerbe Marker image. Click for full size.
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3. Cash Homesite / Capt. Thomas Ellerbe Marker
men. Two of these were negroes, whom he killed for some slight provocation. In 1880 Cash fought the famous duel with Col. Shannon. The difficulty grew out of a quarrel between the ladies of the two families regarding the division of some property. Col. Shannon, although an old man, accepted Cash's challenge and was shot through the heart. The people of the State condemned this duel so severely that shortly afterward the Legislature passed the anti-dueling law, putting the duelist on the same footing with an ordinary murderer. The Cash-Shannon duel was therefore probably the last which will ever be fought in this State.
    — Submitted February 12, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 6, 2010, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,442 times since then and 193 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 6, 2010, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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