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

A Rare Glimpse of a Crucial Road

 
 
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By David Graff, May 24, 2016
1. A Rare Glimpse of a Crucial Road Marker
Inscription. Nothing was more important for communication and transport than a good road. Here you can see the wagon track that connected the Enoree and Broad rivers and prompted the British to establish camp nearby. The road ran through the center of the American line and played a strategic role in the Battle of Musgrove's Mill.

When Patriot forces headed south from the Broad River toward Musgrove's Ford, they stayed off the main road to avoid detection in a region controlled by Loyalists. Finally, rejoining the road near here, the Americans tried to spy on the enemy encamped along the Enoree's south bank.
 
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
 
Location. 34° 35.898′ N, 81° 51′ W. Marker is near Enoree, South Carolina, in Spartanburg County. Marker can be reached from Horseshoe Falls Road (Route S-42-10) 1.4 miles south of South Carolina Highway 56, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. 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. It is approximately 3450 feet from the start of the trail. Marker is in this post office area: Enoree SC 29335, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
A Rare Glimpse of a Crucial Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, May 24, 2016
2. A Rare Glimpse of a Crucial Road Marker
Left Side Illustration: "Roads in the Carolina Backcountry were very primitive, consisting of a crude path winding through a rugged wilderness." – North Wind Picture Archives
within walking distance of this marker. Inman's Men Bait the Trap (within shouting distance of this marker); In Hot Pursuit (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Winning the Battle & the War (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Bad Situation Gets Worse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Americans in British Uniform (approx. 0.2 miles away); True to Their King (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Trap Is Sprung (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Enemy Within (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Enoree.
 
More about this marker. At this marker, the first in the loop section, the Battlefield Trail begins to run roughly parallel to State Route 56 from which traffic is occasionally visible.
 
Regarding A Rare Glimpse of a Crucial Road. On the right side, a faded map shows the river system in this area with a few structures beside them. "This circa 1780 hand-drawn map shows the wagon road running from the Enoree River to the Broad River. Notice the Musgrove House shown beside the Enoree." — Courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
A Rare Glimpse of a Crucial Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, May 24, 2016
3. A Rare Glimpse of a Crucial Road Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 2, 2016, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 158 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 2, 2016, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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