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Near Rimini in Clarendon County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Encounter At Halfway Swamp / Site Of Original St. Mark's Church

 
 
Encounter At Halfway Swamp / Site Of Original St. Mark's Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By C Summers, June 11, 2011
1. Encounter At Halfway Swamp / Site Of Original St. Mark's Church Marker
Marker that was stolen, was replaced in 2011.
Inscription.  (front)
Encounter at Halfway Swamp
On December 12, 1780, according to tradition, British Maj. Robert McLeroth was surprised near here by Gen. Francis Marion. The British first agreed to a staged combat with twenty men on each side, but slipped away during the night, escaping an all-out battle. Credence is given to the event by the skirmish on December 13th at Singleton's Mill, 10 miles north.
(Continued on other side)
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Site of Original St. Mark's Church
(Continued from other side)
The first church of St. Mark's Parish, established in 1757 by commissioners Isaac Brunson, John, Joseph, and William Cantey, James McGirt, Mathew Nelson, and Richard Richardson, stood nearby at Halfway Swamp. Burned by the British during the Revolution, it was rebuilt four times and now stands near Pinewood.
 
Erected 1980 by Clarendon County Historical Society. (Marker Number 14-6.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion
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War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is December 12, 1780.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 33° 39.301′ N, 80° 29.724′ W. Marker was near Rimini, South Carolina, in Clarendon County. Marker was on Old River Road (State Highway 14-76) one mile south of Governor Richardson Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Pinewood SC 29125, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Encounter at Halfway Swamp / Site of Original St. Mark's Church (here, next to this marker); Halfway Swamp: (approx. ¼ mile away); Richardson Graves (approx. 1.2 miles away); Col. David Dubose Gaillard (approx. 5.1 miles away); Good Hope Picnic (approx. 5.9 miles away); Pine Grove Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. 6.2 miles away); Andrews Chapel Church (approx. 6.4 miles away); St. Mark's Episcopal Church (approx. 6½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rimini.
 
More about this marker. This marker was stolen & replaced by a new one also named Encounter at Halfway Swamp / Site of Original St. Mark's Church (see nearby markers).
 
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Encounter At Halfway Swamp / Site Of Original St. Mark's Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By C Summers
2. Encounter At Halfway Swamp / Site Of Original St. Mark's Church Marker
Same marker, opposite side is between Summerton and Remini
 Battle of Halfway Swamp. Contains account of the battle from Myrevolutionarywar.com (Submitted on February 25, 2010, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional commentary.
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    — Submitted August 8, 2013, by C Summers of Manning, South Carolina.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2010, by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,474 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on June 12, 2011, by C Summers of Manning, South Carolina. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 12, 2011, by C Summers of Manning, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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