Marietta Chapter SAR Participates in Commemoration of Buford’s Massacre
On Saturday May 27, 2017, the Ohio Society SAR Marietta Chapter was invited by the South Carolina Society General Francis Marion Chapter to participate in the Commemoration of the 237th Anniversary of Buford’s Massacre, Battle of the Waxhaws, Buford’s Crossroads, South Carolina.
Marietta Chapter President Steve Frash placed a wreath along with other SAR, DAR, SCSSAR Auxiliary, and C.A.R. Societies and Chapter’s from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.
American Colonel Abraham Buford was the commander of 300 to 350 men, comprised of a Virginia regiment of infantry and a company of artillery. Two hundred thirty-seven years ago, on May 29, 1780, British Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton pursued Colonel Buford from Nelson’s Ferry to Buford near the Waxhaws District. Colonel Buford attempted to surrender, but a bloody battle ensued, with American casualties numbering 113. Even more were taken prisoner, and 150 of the 253 prisoners were wounded. Tarleton became known as “Bloody Ban,” and “Tarleton’s Quarter” became the rallying battle cry for Southern Patriots until the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown in 1781.