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

The Trap Is Sprung

The Trap Is Sprung Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Graff, May 24, 2016
1. The Trap Is Sprung Marker
Inscription.  Continuing their pursuit, the Loyalists and Provincials reached a clearing in the forest. At the far end of this field, their American foes waited in a line stretching some 300 yards along a timbered ridge.

Realizing what was happening, the British halted their advance. They formed into three columns to march toward the Patriots, firing their first volley when they were roughly 150 yards away, too far for their smooth-bore muskets to be effective. The Patriots offered no response, anxiously awaiting the designated signal from their commanders.
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° 36.061′ N, 81° 51.003′ 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
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parking area and leads to a loop where the main battle action occurred. This marker is in the loop section approximately 4500 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. Ready for the Enemy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Main Event (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Captain Shadrach Inman Memorial (about 300 feet away); Bloody Chaos (about 400 feet away); The Enemy Within (about 400 feet away); In Hot Pursuit (about 400 feet away); Winning the Battle & the War (about 500 feet away); Inman's Men Bait the Trap (about 800 feet 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. At this location, the trail leaves the forest and enters a clearing on a hillside.
Regarding The Trap Is Sprung. On the right side, a map shows the opposing battle lines straddling the wagon road: "The Patriot plan called for the militia to take up defensible positions from which to battle the oncoming British."
Additional keywords. Musgrove's Mill, battle
The Trap Is Sprung Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Graff, May 24, 2016
2. The Trap Is Sprung Marker
Drawing at Center: "As the British entered the clearing, they spotted the waiting Patriots across the field and knew they had been led into a trap." Illustration by Darby Erd
The British Approach to the Battlefield image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Graff
3. The British Approach to the Battlefield
View of the hillside clearing from the marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2016, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 3, 2016, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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