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…