Coosawhatchie in Jasper County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle of Coosawhatchie
Jasper County, South Carolina
Commanders: Colonels William Moultrie, John Laurens; Gen. Augustine Prevost
Casualties: 3 Americans killed, 8 wounded
"Despite the defeat at Port Royal Island, General Prevost was determined to make a second attempt to capture Charleston. Instead of a small detachment of 150 men, this time he crossed the Savannah River with 2,400 British regulars, and once again, William Moultrie was outnumbered 2 to 1. He determined to make a stand on a slight ridge at the Tullifinny River, about 2 miles east of the Coosawhatchie River, where he left about 200 men to guard the crossing and warn him of the Redcoats arrival. As the enemy drew near, Moultrie was about to send an aide to pull these troops back to the main force when Col. John Laurens offered to lead them back. Moultrie had so much confidence in the officer that he sent along 250 men to help cover the flanks, In direct disobedience of orders Laurens crossed the river and formed the men in line for battle. He failed to take the high ground and his men suffered greatly from well-placed enemy fire. Laurens himself was wounded, and his second in command fell back to the main force at the Tullifinny, where Moultrie was compelled to retreat towards Charleston." Excerpt from South Carolina's Revolutionary
Erected by The South Carolina Historical Society.
Location. 32° 35.303′ N, 80° 55.612′ W. Marker is in Coosawhatchie, South Carolina, in Jasper County. Marker is at the intersection of W Frontage Rd ( SC 462 ), on the right on W Frontage Rd ( SC 462 ). Touch for map. Driveway for 2nd African Baptist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6904 W Frontage Rd, Coosawhatchie SC 29912, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coosawhatchie (within shouting distance of this marker); General Robert E. Lee (approx. 4.1 miles away); The Battle of Pocotaligo (approx. 4.2 miles away); " The Frampton Line " (approx. 4.4 miles away); Southern Live Oak Tree (approx. 4.4 miles away); Gillisonville Baptist Church (approx. 4.4 miles away); Gillisonville (approx. 4½ miles away); The Frampton Lines (approx. 5 miles away).
Regarding Battle of Coosawhatchie. A part of: American Revolutionary War Trail, South Carolina, Lowcountry
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