Kingstree in Williamsburg County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Kingstree: Gathering Vital Intelligence
While Patriot lore has called this incident the “Battle of Kingstree,” the reality was probably much more modest. Hiding behind a thicket on the side of a road (probably near here on what would become Academy Street), Maj. James and his men watched as dozens of troops rode into town. They conducted a brief hit-and-run strike, capturing at least one prisoner and an orderly book. From these, Marion learned that two hundred soldiers of the 63rd Regiment under Maj. James Wemyss had already reached Kingstree, and that hundreds more British and Loyalist troops were on their way. Other scouts confirmed that Marion’s force would soon be surrounded.
Marion knew that leading some 150 militiamen against a force as much as ten times larger would be a suicide
Erected 2012 by Francis Marion Trail Commission of Francis Marion University.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Francis Marion Trail, and the Francis Marion Trail series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1780.
Location. 33° 40.263′ N, 79° 49.893′ W. Marker is in Kingstree, South Carolina, in Williamsburg County. Marker is on Academy Street near Kelly Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is in Kellahan Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kingstree SC 29556, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Williamsburg Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Alban’s Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of Kingstree (approx. half a mile away); Willamsburg County Veterans Monument (approx. half a mile away); Williamsburgh (approx. half a mile away); Williamsburg County Confederate Monument (approx. half a mile away); Old Muster Ground and CourthouseThurgood Marshall, J.D. (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingstree.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2012, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 796 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 25, 2012, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.