In a Massacre, the Seeds of a Civil War

Americans slaughtered their countrymen in the bloody Battle of Waxhaws in the woods of South Carolina

Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton.

Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton.

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During a 65-minute battle at Kings Mountain in South Carolina four months after Waxhaws, patriot militia annihilated a force of about 1,000 loyalists, killing or wounding over 300, many after they had surrendered. Only one British soldier, the commander, was killed; the rest of the dead, on both sides, were Americans.