“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Enoree in Spartanburg County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Inman's Men Bait the Trap

Inman's Men Bait the Trap Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Graff, May 24, 2016
1. Inman's Men Bait the Trap Marker
Inscription.  Early on August 19, 1780, a small detachment of mounted Patriot militiamen fled up this hillside with Loyalist and Provincial forces hot on their heels. Minutes earlier, those same Patriots, commanded by Captain Shadrack Inman, had charged down the hill to attack the British forces camped at the Musgrove home on the far side of the Enoree River.

As the British returned fire, the outnumbered Patriots retreated, appearing to wither under intense opposition. Instead , the British were being lured into a deadly trap.
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is August 19, 1780.
Location. 34° 35.933′ N, 81° 50.996′ 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. 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
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where the main battle action occurred. This marker is in the loop section approximately 3700 feet from the start of the trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Enoree SC 29335, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Rare Glimpse of a Crucial Road (within shouting distance of this marker); In Hot Pursuit (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Winning the Battle & the War (about 700 feet away); The Trap Is Sprung (about 800 feet away); A Bad Situation Gets Worse (about 800 feet away); The Enemy Within (approx. 0.2 miles away); True to Their King (approx. 0.2 miles away); Americans in British Uniform (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Enoree.
More about this marker. This part of the trail roughly parallels Route 56 and vehicle traffic there is occasionally visible.
Regarding Inman's Men Bait the Trap. At left, a photograph of a gravestone: Shadrack Inman, S.C. Mil., Rev. War — "Captain "Shadrack Inman is considered the author of the Musgrove's Mill battle plan. He was killed in the battle and is believed to have been buried where he fell."

Map at right: "What seemed like a suicide attack against larger and better-equipped British forces proved to be a brilliant strategy that led to American victory at Musgrove's Mill."
Inman's Men Bait the Trap Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Graff, May 24, 2016
2. Inman's Men Bait the Trap Marker

Additional keywords. Musgrove's Mill, battle
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2016, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 385 times since then and 102 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 2, 2016, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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