The Revolutionary War and the Pacolet and Glendale Area
South Carolina had more Revolutionary War
fought within its borders than any other state. There was no community
Trough Shoals at the time of the Revolution but there were settlers in
area, particularly along the Pacolet River.
There was an important ironworks and settlement at what is now Glendale.
Revolutionary War events and battles swirled around the area that was
become Pacolet. This history was not stressed in times past and many
do not know how heavily this area was involved in the War. When I was
school in the 1940’s and 1950’s the local history was almost ignored.
through the efforts of Mayor Elaine Harris and others, local students
made much more aware of the Pacolet history and take field trips to
There was not a Revolutionary War battle fought in what is now the town
Pacolet. However, it was surrounded by important events and battles of
War. Some of these were close enough that you could probably hear the
of the muskets from the fighting at Glendale and maybe even cannon fire
In an effort to get an appreciation of how much happened close to
consider the following. Draw a circle , as shown below, with a radius
on where the bridge crosses the river and consider what happened within
during the War. Even during the Revolution, a place 25 miles away could
reached by a person on horseback in half a day. The distances given in
story are the straight line distances from the bridge to the locations.
Most of the Revolutionary War activity in all of Upstate South Carolina
place within the confines of this circle. Two of the most important
in the entire War, Cowpens and Kings Mountain took place within our
Both of these were critical American victories that helped lead
to the British surrender at Yorktown, Virginia in October, 1781.
Let’s visit all of the War events inside this circle and start our
from the present bridge at Pacolet or Trough Shoals. The Shoals
was well known
during the War.
was located not far upstream from where the bridge on Hwy 150 is today.
Click on the following links to read what happened in that location.
Morgan and Grindal Shoals
The Ironworks at Glendale
Just Plain Murder
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:
or by telephone at (843) 873-8117. My regular
1311 Jahnz Ave.
Summerville, SC 29485