Today in Darlington County History – September 19

September 18-20, 1863 – The Battle of Chickamauga, marked the end of a Union offensive in southeastern Tennessee and northwestern Georgia called the Chickamauga Campaign. The battle was the most significant Union defeat in the Western Theater of the American Civil War and involved the second highest number of casualties in the war following the Battle of Gettysburg. It was the first major battle of the war…

Today in Darlington County History – September 3 (Hurricane San Felipe-Okeechobee)

On September 03, 1928  Hurricane San Felipe-Okeechobee wrecked havoc on the ACL Railroad trestle behind the cotton mill. Rails and cross ties were left dangling after the supports were washed away. Darlington County received the largest documented rainfall from the storm. A record 12.53 inches. The Okeechobee hurricane, also known as San Felipe Segundo hurricane,…

Today in Pee Dee History – The Swamp Fox took command in the Pee Dee

  Francis Marion (c. 1732 – February 27, 1795) was a military officer who served in the American Revolutionary War. Acting with the Continental Army and South Carolina militia commissions, he was a persistent adversary of the British in their occupation of South Carolina in 1780 and 1781, even after the Continental Army was driven…

Today in History – July 18

Today in Darlington County History – endorsing the War of 1812 & organization of the masonic order – the Knights of Jerico.

The Cash-Shannon Duel -Today in Darlington County History

2 PM will mark the 136th anniversary of the historic duel between E.C.B. Cash, a wealthy planter from Cash’s Depot, located between Cheraw and Society Hill, along the Great Pee Dee River, and Col. William Shannon, Silver-haired Camden lawyer and sire of 14 children. We know that the exact spot there Shannon fell mortally wounded, lies in the middle of highway 15, just 500 yards east of the Hartsville side of DuBose’s bridge, which spans Lynches River three miles east of Hartsville. We know that the spot from which Cash stood when he fired the fatal shot is now the location of what was a combination grocery store and service station. We know that the day was marked with over 100 spectators that had gathered to watch the show.

Today in History – July 2

General History: 437 – Emperor Valentinian III begins his reign over the Western Roman Empire. His mother Galla Placidia ends her regency, but continues to exercise political influence at the court in Rome. 1613 – The first English expedition (from Virginia) against Acadia led by Samuel Argall takes place. 1698 – Thomas Savery patents the…

Today in History – July 1

1941 – Darlington County, SC.  The Black Creek Protection Association is granted their State Charter. General History: 1643 – First meeting of the Westminster Assembly, a council of theologians (“divines”) and members of the Parliament of England appointed to restructure the Church of England, at Westminster Abbey in London. 1782 – Raid on Lunenburg: American…

Today in History – June 30

1502 – Christopher Columbus lands at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras during his fourth voyage. 1619 – In Jamestown, Virginia, the first representative assembly in the Americas, the House of Burgesses, convenes for the first time. 1676 – Nathaniel Bacon issues the “Declaration of the People of Virginia”, beginning Bacon’s…

James Elliott Williams

James Elliott Williams (November 13, 1930 – October 13, 1999) was a sailor of the United States Navy during the 1950s and 1960s. He was the most highly decorated enlisted man in the history of the United States Navy. Williams was born in Fort Mill, South Carolina and moved two months later with his parents…