SOUTH CAROLINA: Governor, Local Leaders Celebrate Revolutionary War History

CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and Charleston Mayor William Cogswell came together to celebrate a new addition to a downtown greenspace.

Thirty-two bronze plates were unveiled Thursday in Marion Square to mark the path of the Revolutionary War Horn Work. Each plate laid along the historical area tells a piece of the Horn Work’s history since its build in 1758.

The Horn Work was a massive wall that spanned almost three city blocks in what is now downtown Charleston, according to a spokesperson for the Liberty Trail.

The trail is a driving route and tourism initiative that connects battlefields across the state. The trail includes the Horn Work in Marion Square, 30 national parks, South Carolina parks and local sites.

McMaster honored the newest addition and hopes the plates will help educate visitors on the true impact of the Horn Work for South Carolina.

“When anyone who sees them, particularly young people they want to ask, ‘What’s this doing here? How did this get here? What is that wall?’ and then once they hear the explanation, that conjures up images of what happened. As I mentioned, our freedom was paid for in blood,” McMaster said at Thursday’s ceremony.

The Horn Work is a physical gem of the Revolutionary War history that Charleston can never forget. Cogswell believes that learning our history is the greatest form of honor for those who have died in the past to create our present.

“It is important to honor history. To learn from history. So that we can continue to prosper in ways that the brave soldiers who died here could have never dreamed. That, ladies and gentlemen, is their legacy,” Cogswell said.

The American Battlefield Trust says this is only the beginning for a better visitor experience on the Liberty Trail. History lovers can expect the use of augmented reality at Marion Square later this year. Augmented reality will give visitors a chance to see a digitally recreated version of the Horn Work and events from nearly 250 years ago.

For more information on The Liberty Trail, click here.