British Come to the Piedmont

British Come to the Piedmont

Soon after Charleston fell in May 1780 bodies of British troops were despatched into different portions of the state to enforce the proclamations of Sir Henry Clinton and Lord Cornwallis. Among others, Col. Ferguson was sent on this enterprise. The special object of his mission was to compel the Whigs to take protection and to embody the Tories and to train them to war with a view to further conquests. In the prosecution of these designs he came in the month of June into that portion of Union District then called the Quaker Meadow, now the Meadow Woods. In this section were a number of determined Whigs residing on Sugar Creek by the name of Blassingame. One of these was arrested.