Barnwell in Barnwell County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Morris Ford Earthworks
1780 & 1865
Nearby earthworks at Morris Ford, on the Salkehatchie River, built in the spring 1780 by Loyalists under Ben John. In May, soon after Charleston fell to the British, Capt. John Mumford of the South Carolina militia was killed in action in a clash with John’s Loyalists; he is buried at the site. In early 1865 Confederate cavalry under Maj. Joseph Wheeler rebuilt the old earthworks.
Wheeler delayed the advancing Federal cavalry under Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick. On February 6th a sharp skirmish occurred at the works. Elements of Kilpatrick’s crossed downstream, outflanked the Confederate cavalry and forced it to withdraw, then advanced to Barnwell while Wheeler’s cavalry withdrew toward Aiken. Kilpatrick’s Federals burned most of Barnwell later that night.
Erected 1997 by Barnwell County Museum and Historical Board. (Marker Number 06-05.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Civil • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1780.
Location. 33° 12.568′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Barnwell SC 29812, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Gilmore Simms (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Barnwell Ring Monument (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Police Station (approx. 2.4 miles away); Barnwell (approx. 2½ miles away); Collins Park (approx. 2½ miles away); Bank Of Barnwell / Edgar A. Brown Law Office (approx. 2½ miles away); “The Sundial” (approx. 2½ miles away); Barnwell County Courthouse (approx. 2½ miles away); Solomon Blatt, Sr. (approx. 2½ miles away); Edgar A. Brown (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barnwell.
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