The closest location for an actual battle to Trough Shoals was
at Fort Thicketty. It was more of an armed conflict and not an actual
because not a single shot was fired. The ruins of the fort still exist
very far from the Goucher Baptist Church and the Goucher Elementary
The fort is about 5 miles from the bridge.
The fort was originally called Fort Anderson and it had been built
the War to help guard the Goucher community from Indian attack.
When the War started a group of Tories took over the fort and used it
a headquarters to raid the surrounding countryside. They were a threat
a wide area, particularly the folks that had settled up and down the
River and over on Fairforest Creek. We need to keep in mind that many,
not most, of these Tories or Loyalists, that held the fort were local
At the beginning of the War, it is estimated that about 50% of the
people supported the King and not the revolution.
Word of this fort and the Tory attacks on the local communities made
way to a group of Patriot soldiers camped on the Broad River. These men
under the command of Col. Isaac Shelby of North Carolina. On July 30,
and 600 of his men rode from their camp on Broad River and surrounded
Thicketty. After the Tories in the fort realized what they were up
they surrendered the fort without a shot being fired. Shelby and his
captured 93 Tories and one British soldier. They also captured 200
needed muskets. Col. Shelby went on to gain fame at the battle of Kings
three months later. See Fort
Thicketty for more
information and photos
about the fort.
This web site has
started as a public service to share the story of Pacolet. The web
master and person to contact about putting information on the web site
is me, Gerald Teaster. Contact me at:
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Summerville, SC 29485