Near Leeds in Chester County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle of Fishdam Ford
On the east side of Broad River by an old Indian fish dam, General Thomas Sumter's camp was attacked before dawn on November 9, 1780 by the British 63rd Regiment and a detachment of the Legion, led by Major James Wemyss. The American campfires made excellent targets of the mounted British, who were severely defeated. Wemyss was taken prisoner by General Sumter.
Erected 1974 by Chester County Historical Society. (Marker Number 12-2.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is November 9, 1780.
Location. 34° 35.691′ N, 81° 25.083′ W. Marker is near Leeds, South Carolina, in Chester County. Marker is on West End Road (State Highway 215) half a mile west of Store Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle SC 29031, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fish Dam Battle Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel William Farr (approx. 0.3 miles away); Feasterville Female and Male Academy Poplar Grove School (approx. 7.4 miles away); Otterson's Fort (approx. 9.7 miles away); Fort Wagner (approx. 9.8 miles away); Battle of Mobley's Meeting House (approx. 10.2 miles away); Ebenezer Methodist Church (approx. 10.9 miles away); John Hugh Means/William Harper (approx. 11.3 miles away); Chester State Park (approx. 11.6 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is located on the east bank of the Broad River on SC HIghway 215 just in Chester County.
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Fish Dam Ford. (Submitted on November 21, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Battle of Fishdam Ford. The Battle of Fishdam Ford was an attempted surprise attack by British forces under the command of Major James Wemyss against an encampment of Patriot militia under the command of local Brigadier General Thomas Sumter around 1 am on the morning of November 9, 1780, late in the American Revolutionary War. (Submitted on May 22, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 20, 2008, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,548 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 20, 2008, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. 3. submitted on August 19, 2012, by Charles R. Robbins, Jr. of Rock Hill, South Carolina. 4, 5. submitted on May 22, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 6. submitted on November 20, 2008, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.