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Revolutionary Skirmish Near Wyboo Swamp

 
 
Revolutionary Skirmish Near Wyboo Swamp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 11, 2009
1. Revolutionary Skirmish Near Wyboo Swamp Marker
Inscription. During Francis Marion's 1781 campaign to drive the British from the Pee Dee, he and his men clashed near here in March with British and Tory forces numbering more than 500 men. During the Wyboo skirmish a Marion private, Gavin James, single-handedly held back an emeny advance. Marion's men finally dispersed the British and Tories.
 
Erected 1980 by Clarendon County Historical Society. (Marker Number 14-7.)
 
Location. 33° 32.368′ N, 80° 13′ W. Marker is in Jordon, South Carolina, in Clarendon County. Marker is on Patriots Road (State Highway 14-410) near Lesesne Drive (State Highway 14-480), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Note the new street names, which do not agree on some maps. The State Road numbers are still correct. Marker is in this post office area: Manning SC 29102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wyboo Swamp: (here, next to this marker); Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); Cantey Family Cemetery (approx. 7.4 miles away); Taw Caw Church (approx. 8.3 miles away); The Patriot and the Redcoat
Revolutionary Skirmish Near Wyboo Swamp Marker, looking west along State Road 14-410 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 11, 2009
2. Revolutionary Skirmish Near Wyboo Swamp Marker, looking west along State Road 14-410
(approx. 9 miles away); Summerton Presbyterian Church (approx. 9 miles away); Siege of Fort Watson (approx. 9 miles away); Wagon Travel (approx. 9 miles away).
 
Regarding Revolutionary Skirmish Near Wyboo Swamp. Battle of Wyboo Swamp (Tuesday, March 6, 1781): Lt. Col. John Watson Tadwell Watson and Colonel Welbore Ellis Doyle were sent to encircle and crush General Marion. Early on March 5, Watson and his Buffs marched from Fort Watson down the Santee Path and bivouacked near Nelsonís Ferry. Marion heard their location from his spy, Capt. Zach Cantey. His men knew they must fight to prevent the enemy from continuing to overrun their homes and farms. Marion ordered his troops to advance and set up an ambush, at Wyboo Swamp, a difficult pass on the Santee Road. The British marched into view and out rode Watson to survey the scene. Out rode Marion to face his opponent. The quarter mile causeway spanned the muck and morass of Wyboo swamp. Watson, towering and majestically uniformed, sitting a splendid charger and backed by Britain's finest soldiers, opposite the small Huguenot, sitting a sorrel gelding and backed by farmers in homespun. Watson opened the battle. He sent Col. H Richborg and his Loyalist horsemen thundering over the
Revolutionary Skirmish Near Wyboo Swamp Mural at the IGA in Manning image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 23, 2009
3. Revolutionary Skirmish Near Wyboo Swamp Mural at the IGA in Manning
Part of the Swamp Fox Murals Trail- Artist: Terry Smith
causeway. Anticipating this, Marion sent Peter Horry and his horsemen to meet them. After a brief skirmish on the narrow roadway,
both sides recoiled. Marion again ordered Horry to charge. Watsonís regulars held. A fusillade of grapeshot sent Horryís cavalry reeling backward.
Watson threw in the Troy dragoons. Gavin James, powerful of frame and fierce of courage, turned back to dispute Harrisonís passage. Mounted on a gray horse and armed only with musket and bayonet, he threw himself directly in the path of the dragoons. Their foremost man he dropped with buckshot. Before he could reload, a dragoon rushed him with his saber. James slew him with his bayonet, and a second with the same bayonet. In falling he seized the barrel of Jamesí gun and for 50 yards in his retreat Gavin James dragged the dying Tory. As the dragoons crossed the causeway, Marionís militia charged, driving the Tories back across Wyboo. Watson ordered his Guards to clear the passage. Marion knew his men could not stop the veterans and called them to mount and retreat. Marion withdrew to a position near the Cantey Plantation.
( Revolutionary History in Clarendon County, SC )
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Touring South Carolina's Revolutionary War Sites By Daniel W. Barefoot, page 11-12
Revolutionary Skirmish Near Wyboo Swamp Marker as seen looking east image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 11, 2009
4. Revolutionary Skirmish Near Wyboo Swamp Marker as seen looking east
. Marion and Watson would meet 3 more times in the next 3 weeks. (Submitted on November 15, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,182 times since then and 109 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 15, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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