FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 18, 2018-Savannah, GA.
Finding the Battle of Purysburg, April 29, 1779
Location: Fort Morris Historic Site, 2559 Fort Morris Road, Midway, Georgia 31320
Date and Time: Thursday, May 28, 2015, 6:30-7:30PM
Daniel Elliott, President and Researcher at the LAMAR Institute will make a presentation on their fieldwork and laboratory work on the Purysburg Revolutionary War Battlefield Project.The Public is invited to this archaeology presentation about ongoing search for sites of Revolutionary War battle sites of Purysburg and Black Swamp, South Carolina. While George Washington and the Patriots were busy in the northern colonies, the American Revolution made its way south. Archeologists with the LAMAR Institute discovered extensive evidence of the Battle of Purysburg, South Carolina. The April 29, 1779 battle occurred when British Light Infantry troops and two battalions of the 71st Scottish Highlander Regiment, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel John Maitland, crossed the Savannah River from Abercorn, Georgia and invaded the colonial town of Purysburg. Thousands of additional British troops under command of Major General Augustin Prevost followed the next day. About 220 South Carolina Continental soldiers camping inside and around town manned defensive works, but were no match for the greater number of British troops. The Patriots, under command of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander McIntosh, abandoned their posts at Purysburg and, after joining with Brigadier General William Moultrie’s 1,000 militia troops from nearby Black Swamp, retreated towards Charleston.
This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior. The Bluffton Branch Library is not a sponsor of this program.
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