Palmetto Conservation is engaged in preservation and restoration work at two SC military heritage sites. In addition, mobile tours along the Palmetto Trail highlight Revolutionary, Civil, and World War features from the past.

Cowpens National Battlefield

Palmetto Conservation has worked with the National Park Service at Cowpens National Battlefield near Gaffney, SC, since 2001 to restore the landscape to conditions at the time of the Revolutionary War battle on January 17, 1781. The project has included planning, budgeting, and managing the work of contractors, volunteers, and students to map the geology, soils, plants, and various treatments that will restore the viewshed and site lines. A major part of the project is eradicating invasive exotic plant species which have changed the landscape.  Restoration includes re-establishing native canebrakes that protected Patriot troops during battle.

Each year, 260,000 visitors tour the battlefield where Brig. Gen. Daniel Morgan staged a double-envelopment battle strategy and soundly defeated the British under Lt. Col. Banastre “Bloody Ban” Tarleton. The battle lasted less than an hour. Morgan’s tactics, however, are still studied today.

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Battle of Camden Battlefield


On Monday, April 17, Palmetto Conservation Foundation transferred ownership of the 476-acre core battlefield to Historic Camden Foundation. This exchange will ensure that work continues to protect the site, research its archaeology, and improve public understanding of its historical significance. The battlefield is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To learn more, please click the logo below.


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