Beaufort ~ Revolutionary War Events

Beaufort, SC: The Beaufort History Museum will host two Revolutionary War events March
11-12, 2022, as part of its anticipation of the 250th anniversary of the war in 2026.
On Friday, March 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m., at the St. Helena Island Public Library, 6355 Jonathan
Francis Sr. Rd., Rita Elliott will discuss the Battle of Purrysburg, S.C., and later
archaeological dig discoveries made at the battle site.
On Saturday, March 12, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at the Beaufort History Museum, 713 Craven
St., re-enactors from the 5th Company, 4th South Carolina Regiment will conduct a live-fire
demonstration with period artillery.
Both events are free and open to the public.
Ms. Elliott, an archaeologist with the Lamar Institute, Savannah, Ga., was part of a team that
explored the site in 2015. Purrysburg (or Purysburg, as it was spelled in the 18th century)
is located near today’s Hardeeville. The battle was part of a series of military movements in
early 1779 to prevent the British invasion of South Carolina from Georgia under the
leadership of Gen. Augustine Prevost. The target was Ft. Lyttleton near Beaufort with its 21
cannon and small garrison. Standing in opposition was Patriot Gen. Benjamin Lincoln with
about 6,000 Continental soldiers and South Carolina militia spread along the Savannah
Rivera from the Sea Islands to Augusta, Ga.
The 5th Company, 4th South Carolina Regiment was organized in Oct. 1776 when the
Georgetown (S.C.) Independent Artillery was adopted into the Continental Army assigned
to the Southern District. The unit took part in the April 29, 1779, engagement at
The museum is open Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00
p.m. Please call beforehand to confirm museum staff availability: (843) 525-8500.
The Beaufort History Museum, which was founded in 1939, has evolved to focus
specifically on the deep and rich history of the Beaufort District. It strives to manage and
display artifacts and documents held by the City of Beaufort, telling the compelling stories
of this area, from the early 16th century until modern times. For information on all the
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