During a re-enactment of the Revolutionary War, Battle of Kingstree which was led by General Francis Marion, a member of the Britton’s Neck militia fires upon the British. His flintlock musket (common to the period) ignited the black powder cartridge causing a plum of smoke and sparks. Led by Major John James, local Patriot Militia had stopped to gather intelligence for General Francis Marion. As they hid in thickets next to the road dozens of British troops ride by. The militia attacks the British by conduct hit and run strikes. Of the prisoners captured during the skirmish, one prisoner was harboring documents revealing the British had 200 soldiers in Kingstree with hundreds on their way. Thought the battle was brief the information gathered would help the American cause and secures the fidelity of General Francis Marion’s men. The event, which took place at Kellahan Park in Kingstree, was followed by the dedication of the Francis Marion Commemorative Marker. The re-enactment and dedication were part of “Come See Me” weekend that included a lancing tournament by the Cedar Swamp Lancers that afternoon and an artist’s festival on Sunday. In conjunction with “Come See Me” the Williams Muscadine Vineyard and Farm was conducting a week-long Spring Planting event. The two-day event was sponsored by the Williamsburgh Historical Society, Williamsburg HomeTown Chamber, and the Williamsburg County Tourism Board.
Photo by Michaele Duke