Near Lancaster in Lancaster County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
(South Face of Monument)
Erected to the memory and in honor of the brave and patriotic American soldiers who fell in the battle which occurred at this place on the 29th May 1780 between Col. Abraham Buford who commanded a regiment of 350 Virginians and Col. Tarleton of the British Army with 350 Cavalry and a like number of Infantry.
(East Face of Monument)
Nearly the entire command of Col. Buford was either killed or wounded, 84 gallant soldiers are buried in this grave. They left their homes for the relief of Charleston, but hearing at Camden of the surrender of that city, were returning. Here their lives were ended in the service of their country.
(North Face of Monument)
The cruelty and barbarous massacre committed on this occasion by Tarleton and his command after the surrender of Col. Buford and his regiment, originated the American war cry, "Remember Tarleton's Quarter." A British historian confesses at this battle "The virtue of humanity was totally forgot."
Location. 34° 44.501′ N, 80° 37.575′ W. Marker is near Lancaster, South Carolina, in Lancaster County. Marker can be reached from Rocky River Road (State Highway Touch for map. Marker is located at Buford Battleground County Park. Marker is in this post office area: Lancaster SC 29720, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buford's Massacre (a few steps from this marker); Battle of the Waxhaws: Massacre or Myth? (a few steps from this marker); Buford's Defeat (within shouting distance of this marker); Buford Battleground (within shouting distance of this marker); Disaster in South Carolina (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorials and Archaeology (within shouting distance of this marker); Buford's Bloody Battleground (approx. 0.2 miles away); Craig House (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
Also see . . .
1. Buford's Massacre Site. The National Register of Historic Places registration form for Buford's Massacre site. (Submitted on February 3, 2014.)
2. Battle of Waxhaws. (Submitted on February 6, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
1. William T. White
The marble obelisk monument was designed and created by William T. White, a prominent Charleston sculptor and stone-cutter.
2. 1955 DAR Memorial
Although the nearby 1955 DAR memorial states the inscription on that memorial is the same as that on this monument, there are some slight differences. In addition to some grammatical and word differences, the 1860 monument indicates there are 84 soldiers buried at this site and states that "Remember Tarleton's Quarters" was an American war cry.
— Submitted February 3, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 401 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 3, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 6. submitted on October 6, 2017, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia.