A Glimpse of Historic Upstate SC

January 16, 2011 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Historical Upstate, SC

How much do you know of the History of Upstate SC? I have to admit, I am becoming aware of how little I knew.  Admittedly, I am not a serious history buff on any scale, but I have always been intrigued about ancient things, times long gone, and the people who stand stoically in those old sepia tone photographs.

The history of Upstate SC, I am finding, is as full and rich as that of any area.  The challenge is always to get beyond the stiff figures in the old portraits and realize that these were real people who laughed, cried, struggled, loved, lost, and survived. I had a history professor in college who did a good job of helping me understand that, and since then, history has always been much more interesting and compelling.

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Think of the Revolutionary war for a moment. What images come to mind? You know, that is the war that caused so much angst over in Britain.  Remember the Boston Tea Party? What else do you remember about that war? Every living American benefits from the freedoms won during that agonizing conflict, but we don’t take time to know about the people who won those freedoms for us.

I stumbled upon an article that illuminates the role people in upstate SC played in that drama that has had such a profound impact on our lives today. SC history is so intertwined with the history of the nation that they are almost synonymous.

This is not an exhaustive article on SC history, and hardly touches on the political issues of the revolutionary conflict, but it does a good job of giving us a glimpse into how some people in upstate SC lived their lives against that backdrop.

The history of upstate SC is rich, and deep, and some of the families who’s names were commonplace back in the 1700′s are still living and working in the area today. Upstate SC is a unique and special place. If you would like to see just a sliver of that history, I invite you to read the following article which I gleaned from the Blueridgenow.com newsletter.

They were here at the beginning


Published: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 4:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 8:46 p.m.

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To know the history of Henderson County, one must know its pioneer families.

On Aug. 8, 1999, members of the Joseph McDowell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution unveiled and dedicated a grave marker at Shaw’s Creek Campground Church and Cemetery in memory of James Johnson, an American patriot.

“In the congregation, in the classroom, by the fireside and in the silent grave, he is gone … but he died as he lived, giving praise to God!”

James Johnson: monologue

“I had come to this country from Limerick, Ireland, and served with Gen. Nathanael Greene’s command at Guilford, Camden and Eutaw Springs.

“I was wounded by a musket ball through my thigh at the Battle of Camden in South Carolina. In 1781, I was captured by the British at the Battle of Eutaw Springs and placed on a prisoner ship in Charleston Harbor, where I remained 13 months and two weeks.

“It was a difficult and life-threatening time. I was fed on half rations, forced to sleep without bed or covering, and lived almost entirely without clothes. The treatment was such that several soldiers tried to swim ashore, a distance of about three miles, rather than endure the punishment of prison life. Three made the attempt one night and in a few days, four more. I was one of them.

Read entire article on upstate SC history.


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