238th ANNIVERSARY OF BUFORD’S MASSACRE COMMEMORATION TO BE HELD MAY 28th 10:30 A.M. AT THE BATTLESITE NEAR LANCASTER, S.C. – PUBLIC INVITED
On May 28, 2018, The South Carolina Society of the Sons of the American
Revolution will commemorate the 238th anniversary of the Battle of Waxhaws,
better known as Buford’s Massacre, at the Battle Site near Buford’s Crossroads
about nine miles east of Lancaster, South Carolina. The event will begin at 10:30
A.M. with a formal wreath-laying ceremony and guest speakers. Many guests will
don period dress, including Continental and Militia attire. The story of Buford’s
Massacre will be told as the bravery of the Patriots is commemorated and the
fallen are honored.
Colonel Abraham Buford was the commander of a Virginia Regiment of
infantry and a company of artillery comprised of approximately 300 men. Two
hundred thirty-seven years ago, on May 29, 1780, British Lieutenant Colonel
Banastre Tarleton pursued Colonel Buford from Nelson’s Ferry to Buford near the
Waxhaws District. Colonel Buford attempted to surrender, but a bloody battle
ensued with American casualties numbering 113. Even more were taken prisoner,
and 150 of the 187 prisoners were wounded. Tarleton became known as “Bloody
Ban,” and “Tarleton’s Quarter!” became a rallying battle cry for Southern Patriots
until the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown.
Questions may be directed to Greg Ohanesian, Past President of the South
Carolina Society, S.A.R. (843-479-7193).