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

Ready for the Enemy

Ready for the Enemy Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Graff, May 24, 2016
1. Ready for the Enemy Marker
Just above the top left corner, the distant marker "The Trap is Spring" indicates from where the British advanced.
Inscription.  With no choice but to make a stand, the Patriots decided to set up a defensive formation along this ridge overlooking an old field. In their favor was the leadership of the three veteran commanders positioning their militias along the line.

To the left was Colonel Elijah Clarke and his men; Colonel Isaac Shelby and his men stationed themselves near here. Then, they all waited for Captain Inman to lead the British to them.
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° 36.099′ N, 81° 51.023′ W. Marker is near Enoree, South Carolina, in Spartanburg County. Marker is on 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 where the main battle action occurred. This marker is in the loop section approximately 4800 feet from the
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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. Captain Shadrach Inman Memorial (here, next to this marker); The Main Event (a few steps from this marker); Bloody Chaos (within shouting distance of this marker); The Trap Is Sprung (within shouting distance of this marker); The Enemy Within (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Winning the Battle & the War (about 600 feet away); In Hot Pursuit (about 700 feet away); Inman's Men Bait the Trap (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 is at the north edge of a clearing at the top of a ridge where American militiamen formed their battle line.
Regarding Ready for the Enemy. The marker has two portraits. At center: "Colonel Elijah Clarke of Georgia was involved in many southern battles, but it was his action in the Carolina Backcountry that earned him a reputation as one of the fiercest fighters in the entire war." – Courtesy of Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library/University of Georgia Libraries

At right: "Colonel Isaac Shelby was a militia officer from the Watauga Settlement area of northeastern Tennessee. Known as the "Overmountain Men," Shelby and other settlers were key to the war in the Carolina Backcountry. – Courtesy of Kentucky Historical Society
Additional keywords.
American View toward the British Advance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Graff, May 24, 2016
2. American View toward the British Advance
Taken from beside the marker.
Musgrove's Mill, battle
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 336 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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Sep. 27, 2023