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Sampit in Georgetown County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Skirmish at Sampit Bridge

 
 
Skirmish at Sampit Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 21, 2009
1. Skirmish at Sampit Bridge Marker
Inscription. In the early evening about March 20, 1781, the last skirmish between General Marion and Colonel Watson was fought at Sampit Bridge, one-half mile west of this spot. Col. Watson’s loss was twenty men killed and a large number wounded; General Marion’s reputed loss was one man killed.
 
Erected 1940 by Georgetown County. (Marker Number 22-7.)
 
Location. 33° 21.866′ N, 79° 27.474′ W. Marker is in Sampit, South Carolina, in Georgetown County. Marker is on Saints Delight Road (Alternate U.S. 17) south of Highmarket Street / Georgetown Highway (U.S. 521), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at Sampit Methodist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1125 Saints Delight Rd, Georgetown SC 29440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sampit Methodist Church (a few steps from this marker); Dissenter Meeting House and Cemetery (approx. 8.1 miles away); General Arthur M. Manigault (approx. 8.3 miles away); Sergeant McDonald (approx. 8.5 miles away); 1st Battalion 178th Field Artillery
Two Markers at Sampit Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 21, 2009
2. Two Markers at Sampit Methodist Church
This marker is on the left.
(approx. 8.5 miles away); Gabriel Marion (approx. 8.6 miles away); Georgetown County National Guard Memorial (approx. 8.8 miles away); Kaminski House Museum (approx. 9.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Revolutionary War Raids & Skirmishes in 1781. “On March 28, Col. John Watson and his British force was still following Maj. Gen. Francis Marion’s Patriot force. Marion sent Peter Horry’s horsemen ahead of Watson, and they destroyed the Sampit Bridge in Watson’s path as he continued down the road toward Georgetown. Horry’s were then set to receive Watson, but he drove forward on them with the bayonet. At the same time, however, Marion attacked and badly cut up his rear guard as it forded the Sampit River, since the bridge had already been partially destroyed by the partisans to impede the British as they retired. His own horse shot out from under him, Watson then opened up his cannon on Marion and drove him back. Leaving twenty dead behind him, Watson then proceeded to Trapier’s Plantation where he camped. The next day, with a reported two wagon loads of wounded Watson made it to Georgetown. Although there is apparently no accurate count of Watson’s losses during his expedition against Marion during this month, the total
Skirmish at Sampit Bridge Marker seen along Saints Delight Road (Alternate U.S. 17) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 25, 2013
3. Skirmish at Sampit Bridge Marker seen along Saints Delight Road (Alternate U.S. 17)
was reportedly not inconsiderable, 40 being both a reasonable and conservative estimate. Marion casualties, on the other hand, appear to have been negligible.” (Submitted on March 14, 2009.) 
 
Additional keywords. Gen. Francis Marion, The Swamp Fox; Tory leader Col. John Watson
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 949 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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