Andrew Pickens

Andrew Pickens (HM78P)

Location: Greenville, SC 29601 Greenville County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 50.842', W 82° 24.018'

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"The Wizard Owl"

— 1739 - 1817 —

As a tribute to his skills exploiting enemy weaknesses, Pickens became known as the "Wizard Owl" or "Skyagunsta" - a bird known for seeing clearly, acting wisely and striking quickly.

Pickens was a tall, religious Presbyterian from Pennsylvania and one of General Greene's most trusted detachment field commanders. His home and church were burned by the British during the Revolution as the Royal government sought to install state sponsored religion and hang all "rebels."

Pickens was a masterful battlefield commander, achieving several critical victories against numerically superior British and Cherokee allied forces to regain control of the upstate. His battlefield withdrawal & flanking maneuver at the important battle of Cowpens against an overconfident, charging British army resulted in complete victory for Greene's army - a scene depicted in the film "The Patriot." Pickens County is named in his honor.
HM NumberHM78P
Series This marker is part of the More Than Words series
Year Placed2006
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 1:43am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 371979 N 3857010
Decimal Degrees34.84736667, -82.40030000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 50.842', W 82° 24.018'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 50' 50.52" N, 82° 24' 1.08" W
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Area Code(s)803, 864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301-323 S Main St, Greenville SC 29601, US
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