SIMPSONVILLE — The Col. Robert Anderson Chapter of the South Carolina Society Sons of the American Revolution was the host chapter for the 237th anniversary of the Battle of the Great Canebrake, Dec. 1 at historic Hopkins Farm in Simpsonville.
J.D. Norris, chapter president, was master of ceremonies. Tom Weidner gave a history of the battle, and David Johnson, SCSSAR chaplain, delivered the invocation and benediction.
The battle took place Dec. 22, 1775 on the banks of a creek leading to the Reedy River near here.
The battle occurred when Patriot Col. Richard Richardson was on his way into the back country to arrest leaders of the Royal party involved in the Mine Creek ambush in the Old Ninety Six District, now Saluda County. The battle, 25 days after the Mine Creek Ambush, was called the Battle of the Great Canebrake because of the abundance of bamboo cane.
You can watch a video of the event online at www.SouthCarolinaConservative.com.