Gaffney in Cherokee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
"...A Most Dreary Appearance"
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
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 (State Highway 11) and Battlefield Road (State Highway 110). Marker is located north of the Robert Scruggs House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4001 Chesnee Highway, Gaffney SC 29341, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Robert Scruggs House (a few steps from this marker); Road to the RevolutionFrom Pasture to Park (approx. ¼ mile away); 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 away); The Battle of Cowpens (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Landscape Restoration Project (approx. 0.4 miles away); Form the Line of Battle (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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.)
3. Cowpens National Battlefield, National Park Service. (Submitted on August 30, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 763 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 25, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.