Battle of Eutaw Springs: A strategic victory in the war for America's independence

 By MARTHA ROSE BROWN, T&D Correspondent The Times and Democrat | Posted: Monday, July 4,…

Georgia (Jul 5, 2011) By MARTHA ROSE BROWN, T&D Correspondent The Times and Democrat |


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Posted: Monday, July 4, 2011 5:15 am 


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By all accounts, the stories of this nation's fight for independence from England, which is being celebrated this weekend, reached the colonists slowly and was ultimately documented through journals, pension rolls and letters.

So it went with the Battle of Eutaw Springs, an important battle that took place on Sept. 8, 1781, in what is now eastern Orangeburg County. …

Dr. Jim Piecuch, a researcher and professor of Southern history at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, said both commanders claimed victory at Eutaw Springs.

"In a tactical sense, the British won; but in the long-term, big strategic sense, the Americans won," Piecuch said.

He noted that the outcome of the Battle of Eutaw Springs played a pivotal role in the Revolutionary War because "it marked the end of the whole British strategy of gaining control of the South Carolina interior."

The British strategy "totally unraveled" at Eutaw Springs, Piecuch said.

"Their plan was to hold the South Carolina interior along the Santee River line, but after their losses, they realized they didn't have the strength to hold the interior line," he said.

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