The Southern Campaign of the American Revolution

Waxhaws: Blood in the Backcountry

Special | 7m 41s

On May 29, 1780, Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton and the British Legion caught up with Colonel Abraham Buford’s army at a place called “The Waxhaws” in the Catawba River valley, located four miles south of the North Carolina border. Over in fifteen minutes and with 113 Americans dead on the field, this massacre became the first major battle of the Southern Campaign.

Aired: 05/18/17

Rating: NR

Video has closed captioning.

Funding and support for this production is provided by The National Park Service, The Self Foundation, The George Washington Endowment Fund of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, The South Carolina State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, and a contribution from Dr. Charles B. Hanna.