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Near Gaffney in Cherokee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Sword Clash on Green River Road

 
 
Sword Clash on Green River Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
1. Sword Clash on Green River Road Marker
Inscription.
Nearby, retreating British officers of the 17th Light Dragoons, clashed with pursuing American horsemen led by Lt. Col. William Washington. He quickly outpaced his troops, broke his weapon at the hilt when he got into a sword fight with a British officer. According to legend, Washington's young servant rode up just in time, saving his life by shooting the attacking British officer.

It is this account that probably inspired the artist William Ranney in 1845 to paint this vigorous battle scene. Washington and Tarleton raise their swords in the center while Washington's servant boy levels his pistol at a dragoon officer.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 35° 7.976′ N, 81° 48.6′ W. Marker is near Gaffney, South Carolina, in Cherokee County. Marker can be reached from Chesnee Highway (Route 11), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located on Cowpens National Battlefield Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gaffney SC 29341, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The British Army (here, next to this marker); Landscape Restoration Project (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Form the Line of Battle
Soword Clash on Green River Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 25, 2008
2. Soword Clash on Green River Road Marker
(about 600 feet away); January 17, 1781 (about 600 feet away); Skirmishers Retreat, British Advance (about 700 feet away); Sharpshooters at the Skirmish Line (about 700 feet away); Washington Light Infantry Monument (about 700 feet away); Let 'em Get Within Killin' Distance (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Race for the Grasshopper (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonel Howard's Misunderstood Order (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gaffney.
 
More about this marker. On the left side of the marker is a painting depicting the personal battle between Washington and Tarleton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Cowpens. National Park Service page. (Submitted on October 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. William Washington. William Washington (February 28, 1752 to March 6, 1810), was an officer of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, who held a final rank of Brigadier General in the newly created United States after the war. (Submitted on June 26, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Green River Road (Looking East) and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 12, 2010
3. Green River Road (Looking East) and Marker
 

3. Banastre Tarleton. General Sir Banastre Tarleton, 1st Baronet, GCB (21 August 1754 – 16 January 1833) was a British soldier and politician. (Submitted on June 26, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. The 17th Light Dragoons in North America. The 17th Light Dragoons is a non-profit educational group devoted to the accurate portrayal of the British Horse Soldier throughout the American War of Independence. (Submitted on June 26, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

5. William Ranney. William Tylee Ranney (1813 – 1857) was a 19th century American painter. (Submitted on June 26, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

6. The Green River Road (Mills Gap Road). Besides using roads for travel, armies in the Revolutionary War often fought on them. (Submitted on June 26, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PersonsNotable PlacesPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Sword Clash on Green River Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 5, 2010
4. Sword Clash on Green River Road Marker
Green River Road (Looking West) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 12, 2010
5. Green River Road (Looking West)
Washington-Tarleton Clash image. Click for full size.
By William Ranney, 1845
6. Washington-Tarleton Clash
British 17th Dragoon Soldier image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
7. British 17th Dragoon Soldier
Banastre Tarleton, 1st Baronet, GCB<br>(1754–1833) image. Click for full size.
By Sir Joshua Reynolds
8. Banastre Tarleton, 1st Baronet, GCB
(1754–1833)
Washington's Dragoons at the Battle of Cowpens image. Click for full size.
By S.H. Gimber for Graham's Magazine
9. Washington's Dragoons at the Battle of Cowpens
William Washington<br>(1752-1810), image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
10. William Washington
(1752-1810),
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,141 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 26, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   2. submitted on October 26, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   3. submitted on June 26, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   4. submitted on August 22, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on June 26, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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