City Directories and History: “Lightwood Knot Springs near Columbia is mentioned by Lockwood as “a place of summer resort.” It also served as a muster ground of the old time South Carolina militia and later in 1861 as the camp of instruction for Confederate States soldiers on their way to Virginia. The men of the States Guards of Laurens arrived in Columbia by train on Sunday, April 14, 1861. They marched up Main Street on their way to Lightwood Knot Springs about three miles from the town. The day following the States Guard departure members of the Upper Battalion of the Forty-first Regiment entrained. Nicknamed “the Briars” this company followed the first group to Lightwood Knot Springs. “It would seem that there was a hotel at one of the largest springs about one-half mile to the right of the railroad opposite the six-mile post (near the State Park Station on Southern Railway—. A portion of Sherman’s Army camped there for a day and night after leaving Columbia in 1865…..”
Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC
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