City Directories and History: Buford Battleground marker erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution, Waxhaw Chapter, May 1955. “Buford Battleground in order that all may
continually share the sentiments of the group of patriotic citizens of Lancaster County who erected a monument here on June 2, 1860. The inscription of this memorial are the same as those on the original monument. The other side says: Buford Battleground, erected to the memory & honor of the brave & patriotic American soldiers who fell in the battle which occurred at this place on the 29th of May, 1780 between Colonel Abraham Buford , who commanded a regiment of 350 Virginians and Colonel Tarleton, of the British army with 350 Calvary & a like number of infantry. Nearly the entire command of Colonel Buford was either killed or wounded. Gallant soldiers are buried in this grave that left their homes for the relief of Charleston. Hearing at Camden of the surrender of that city were returning. Here their lives were ended in the service of their country. ”
Buford surrounds the site of Buford’s battleground. It was here that the Americans commanded by Colonel Abraham Buford were massacred on May 29, 1780, by Tarleton’s British forces. Two markers stand on the site. One was erected by Lancaster county citizens on June 2,1860; the other was erected by the Waxhaws Chapter, Daughters of the Amercan Revolution on May 1, 1955. The inhuman treatment used in the slaying of the Americans in this battle gave rise to the American war cry of “Remember Tarleton’s Quarter” — a cry that aroused the local soldiers to a fury of resistance. The resistance led to the eventual victory for the Americans in their fight for liberty. The battleground is now maintained as a public park and picnic ground by the county and other agencies. It is located on the Rocky River road, Highway 522, about ten miles south of the North Carolina line.
(Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
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