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“Patriot in Petticoats”

Mary Musgrove Monument

 
 
"Patriot in Petticoats" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, November 22, 2008
1. "Patriot in Petticoats" Marker
Inscription.
This monument, erected in the early 20th century, stands as a reminder of the legendary Mary Musgrove. She is remembered as a character in the 19th century novel Horseshoe Robinson who took great personal risks spying for the Patriots.

While we do know that an actual Mary Musgrove (1755-1795) lived on this site, we do not know what specific role she played in the American Revolution. Her legend does, however, stand as a tribute to the countless women who served as spies, messengers and even combatants during America's fight for independence.
 
Erected by South Carolina Park Service.
 
Location. 34° 35.6′ N, 81° 51.067′ W. Marker is in Clinton, South Carolina, in Laurens County. Marker is on Musgrove Mill Road (State Park Road), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located about 1/2 way down the walking trail which starts in the south end of the parking lot. It stands in front of the stone monument referenced in the marker, on the edge of the clearing and the woods. Marker is in this post office area: Clinton SC 29325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Musgrove Mill (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ford Country
"Patriot in Petticoats" Marker (Far Right)<br>with Mary Musgrave Monument (Center) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, November 22, 2008
2. "Patriot in Petticoats" Marker (Far Right)
with Mary Musgrave Monument (Center)
(about 500 feet away); Musgrove Mill State Historic Site (about 500 feet away); Summer Camp (about 600 feet away); No Rest for the Weary (about 600 feet away); Where There's a Mill... (about 700 feet away); Into the Backcountry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Americans in British Uniform (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Band of Brothers (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Rare Glimpse of a Crucial Road (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clinton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Horse-Shoe Robinson: A Tale of the Tory Ascendency by John Pendleton Kennedy (1852). John Pendleton Kennedy's second and most successful novel, Horse-Shoe Robinson: A Tale of the Tory Ascendancy (1835), is an historical romance set during the American Revolution. (Submitted on November 25, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Revolutionary War scout hid in falls that bear his name. Horseshoe Falls is a place of beauty overflowing with romance and history of the American Revolution. (Submitted on August 16, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Musgrove Mill State Historic Site. Musgrove
Mary Musgrove Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, November 22, 2008
3. Mary Musgrove Monument
Mill State Historic Site’s peaceful setting in the Piedmont woods stands in sharp contrast to the bloody struggle waged there on Aug. 19, 1780. (Submitted on November 25, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Battle of Musgrove Mill. The Battle of Musgrove Mill, which took place on August 18, 1780, was one of the early turning points in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution, and stands as an excellent example of the guerilla conflict and civil war that raged near the Musgrove Mill on the Enoree River at the present day Clinton, South Carolina. (Submitted on November 25, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

5. Contributions of Women during the American Revolution by Gillian Courtney. During the American Revolution thousands of women took an active role in both the American and British armies. (Submitted on November 25, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

6. Revolutionary Heroines at Musgrove Mill. Over the years, Mary Musgrove has become a legend. (Submitted on August 16, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Mary Musgrove Monument with Visitor Center in Background image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, November 22, 2008
4. Mary Musgrove Monument with Visitor Center in Background
Portion of Interpretative Trail Leading to the "Patriot in Petticoats" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, November 22, 2008
5. Portion of Interpretative Trail Leading to the "Patriot in Petticoats" Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,562 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 25, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   2. submitted on December 11, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3, 4, 5. submitted on November 25, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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