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Patriot Milita General Andrew Pickens
Andrew Pickens Born: September 19, 1739; Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Died: August 11, 1817;

Battles: Cowpens

Revolutionary War: 1781
Andrew Pickens participated in the Battle of Eutaw Springs, South Carolina on September 8, 1781. Maj. General Nathanael Greene put his militia on the front line and Pickens commanded the left wing. Pickens was wounded at the battle. In November 1781, he led a three week campaign against the Cherokee Indians. In September 1782, he and Elijah Clarke suceeded in forces the Indians to surrender claim to all lands south of the Savannah River and east of the Chattahoochie River.

After the Revolutionary War: 1782-1817
In 1782, Pickens was elected to represent the Ninety-Six District in the assembly, serving there until 1793, when he went to Congress for one term. Pickens aquired frontier lands along the Keowee River and built his home named Hopewell in Oconee, Georgia. After living there a number of years, he moved to the Pendleton District of South Carolina. He served as a political middleman between the Indians and the new American nation. He died suddenly on August 11, 1817. His son, Andrew Pickens (1779-1838) served as Governor of South Carolina from 1816-1818. In 1826, the county of Pickens was created and named in his honor.

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3. Buchanan, John; The Road to Guilford Courthouse

Topic Last Updated: 12/26/2002

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