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Ambush at Half-Way Swamp

 
 
Ambush at Half-Way Swamp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
1. Ambush at Half-Way Swamp Marker
Inscription. During the American Revolution, December 1780, over 750 recently arrived British fusiliers were marching from Nelsonís Ferry on the Santee River. Major McLerothís British troops from Moncks Corner joined them as an escort to Camden. General Marionís Brigade was hiding in the swamp in ambush positions near Fluddís Mill (now Elliottís Mill Pond) on River Road. Marionís Brigade began picking off the British. This harassment led to the Majorís flag of truce and another bit of history and another mural.
 
Erected 2004 by The Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society.
 
Location. 33° 41.822′ N, 80° 12.643′ W. Marker is in Manning, South Carolina, in Clarendon County. Marker is on North Brooks Street (US 301 / 521) near West Rigby Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located on the East wall of B Mart, Brooks Street. Marker is in this post office area: Manning SC 29102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fuel 24 (within shouting distance of this marker); Pond Bluff to St Stephens (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Swamp Fox (about 300 feet away); Francis Marion Reflections
Ambush at Half-Way Swamp Marker image. Click for full size.
By C Summers, June 10, 2011
2. Ambush at Half-Way Swamp Marker
(about 400 feet away); Murray's Ferry - Santee River (about 400 feet away); Trinity A.M.E. Church (about 500 feet away); Ebenezer Baptist Church (about 700 feet away); Clarendon County Veterans Memorial (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Manning.
 
Regarding Ambush at Half-Way Swamp. Major McLeroth and his British Regular troops met at Nelsonís Ferry , recruits for the Royal Fusiliers, who departed Charleston for Camden. McLeroth was to escort them to the High Hills. General Marion with 700 troops intercepted McLerothís group and began driving in the pickets. Under a flag of truce McLeroth complained and after they talked, it was decided each side would field twenty men to face off and fight. Major Vanderhorst and the picked twenty decided to wait until they were fifty yards away to fire their buckshot. As they closed to less than 100 yards, the Redcoats broke and ran.
During the night the British stole away, leaving their equipment and supplies behind. Marion sent James and his cavalry after them. James fired on the British at Singletonís Mill but quickly departed the mill area when he learned the Singletons
Ambush at Half-Way Swamp Marker and Mural image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 23, 2009
3. Ambush at Half-Way Swamp Marker and Mural
A Part of The Swamp Fox Murals Trail
had smallpox. Dec. 26, 1780, Lt. Col. John Watson Tadwell Watson and the British 64th Regiment of Foot troops started building Fort Watson on the Santee Indian Mound.
 
Also see . . .  The American Revolutionary War. The Battle of Halfway Swamp ... (British Maj.)McLeroth sent out a flag of truce challenging Marion to a gentlemanly shooting duel between 20 men of each side. Marion responded to McLeRoth's dare by saying that as long as the British forces continue to burn down civilian houses and send out raids, he would continue to shoot the British pickets. Responding to the request to meet McLeRoth out in the open, Marion said "...if Major McLeRoth wishes to see mortal combat between teams of twenty men picked by each side, I will gratify him." Surprisingly, McLeRoth accepted Marion's reply. (Submitted on November 11, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. New Clarendon County Tour app
Find all the Clarendon County history markers the easy way, hear the text & see the maps, just download the Clarendon County tour app onto your phone, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.brinkman.ClarendonTour
    — Submitted August 8, 2013, by C Summers of Manning, South Carolina.
Ambush at Half-Way Swamp Mural image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 23, 2009
4. Ambush at Half-Way Swamp Mural
Artists: Master Peace Originals: Liz & Adam Williams, Sumter, SC.

 
Categories. Notable PersonsWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,231 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on , by C Summers of Manning, South Carolina.   3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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