Clem's Branch

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35.029761 -80.86438 Sumter's Camp, Clem's Branch, June - July 1780
35.025832 -80.87057 Clem's Branch hist. mkr.

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  • William L. Anderson, "Historical Marker Commemorating Colonel Thomas Sumter’s Clems Branch Camp June–July 1780", 16 April 2007
    ... The marker is location at the Clems Branch bridge on Harrisburg Road, SR29-64, in upper Lancaster County. The historical campsite is one half-mile upstream on the South Carolina and North Carolina state line adjoining both Lancaster and Mecklenburg Counties. ...

  • William L. Anderson, email 11 Dec 2007:
    Sumter had 300 to 500 men and horses at Clems Branch in late June and early July 1780. So they were spread over several acres, up and down the branch. But the central landmark was the road crossing Clems Branch and the state line at the same point. [Sumter's Camp, Clem's Branch, above]

    The old road shown on this TZ map is not the original wagon road. Rather the original was the extension of Harrisburg Road travelling due north from SC to NC. Segments of that old road are still evident. About a half mile south is a stone milepost that reads "XV to C"”, meaning 15 miles to Charlotte.

    Even before the Revolutionary War, there was a one to two acre wagon campground on high ground about 200 yards to the southwest on the South Carolina side. It is ... : [here]

  • "An Application for a South Carolina Historical Marker Commemorating Colonel Thomas Sumter’s Clems Branch Camp June–July 1780". Includes "hand-drawn maps and eyewitness accounts described by veterans in their pension applications."

  • Lyman Copeland Draper, King's Mountain and Its Heroes: History of the Battle of King's Mountain ..., 1881, P.G. Thomson, p.477
    William Chronicle was born on the South Fork of Catawba, now Gaston County, North Carolina, about 1755. In December, 1775, he marched at the head of a company on the Snow campaign, and in 1779, to Georgia ; and afterwards to the relief of Charleston. He was with General Rutherford's rear at Ramsour's, then joining Sumter at Clem's Branch awhile, he was engaged in chasing Tories out of the country.

  • Edward McCrady, The History of South Carolina in the Revolution, 1775-1780, 1901, Macmillan & Co., Ltd., p.687
    Colonel Williams ... joined Sumter's camp at Clem's Branch in July ...
    The remainder of this quote is an example of the vilification of Col. Williams directly attributed to Draper's admiration for William Hill's memoir written for the purpose of vilifying James Williams. This is poor work on the part of two otherwise credible historians (Draper, McCrady).

  • American-Irish Historical Society, The Journal of the American-Irish Historical Society, 1922, The Society, p.96
    It is related that on the night of August 18, 1780, General Sumter's camp at Fishing Creek, N. C., was attacked by Tarle- ton, when the patriot forces were completely surprised, many of the men killed and wounded and about 300 taken prisoner. Moore says: "Sumter and Lacey made their escape with a few men into Mecklenburg County, N. C. Here Lacey was ordered by General Sumter to take what men he had who had escaped with them to go into York and Chester, collect his straggling soldiers, beat up for more men among the Irish and reorganize his regiment with mounted infantry, all of which he accomplished in a short time, and rejoined Sumter at Clem's Branch."

  • Pension Application of Samuel Houston W7810, Transcribed by Will Graves
    ... From the battleground Ramsour's Mill, he was again marched across the Catawba River into the Catawba Indian Land and encamped for some time at a place called Clem's Branch in Lancaster District South Carolina. ...

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