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Near Moncks Corner in Berkeley County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Wassamassaw

 
 
Wassamassaw Marker (front) image. Click for full size.
By Cindy Bullard, March 24, 2010
1. Wassamassaw Marker (front)
Inscription. [Front]
Wassamassaw, with several variant spellings during the colonial era, is a Native American word thought to mean “connecting water.” It first referred to the large cypress swamp here, but eventually referred to the community that grew up nearby in the Anglican parish of St. James, Goose Creek. Plantations laid out by the English and later by the Huguenots flourished before the Revolution.

[Reverse]
The swamp was almost impassible for most of the colonial period, but the Wassamassaw Road ran just below the swamp between here and Goose Creek. A Chapel of Ease was built nearby shortly after the Yamasee War of 1715, and a free school was founded in 1728. The “Wassamassaw Cavalry,” a militia company founded in 1857, later saw Confederate service as Company D, 2nd S.C. Cavalry.
 
Erected 2009 by Berkeley County. (Marker Number 8-62.)
 
Location. 33° 9.288′ N, 80° 10.188′ W. Marker is near Moncks Corner, South Carolina, in Berkeley County. Marker is on Wassamassaw Lane 0.3 miles north of U.S. 176, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at the end of Wassamassaw Lane near the intersection of U.S. Highway 176 and Jedburg
Wassamassaw Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Cindy Bullard, March 24, 2010
2. Wassamassaw Marker (reverse)
Road. Marker is in this post office area: Moncks Corner SC 29461, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cypress Methodist Camp Ground (approx. 7 miles away); Varner Town Indian Community (approx. 7.5 miles away); St. John's Church (approx. 8.3 miles away); Berkeley County (approx. 8.3 miles away); a different marker also named Berkeley County (approx. 8.5 miles away); Mulberry Plantation (approx. 8.8 miles away); Lewisfield Plantation (approx. 9 miles away); Alston Graded School / Alston High School (approx. 9.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Moncks Corner.
 
Categories. Colonial EraWar, US Civil
 
Wassamassaw Cypress Swamp image. Click for full size.
By Cindy Bullard, March 24, 2010
3. Wassamassaw Cypress Swamp
Wassamassaw Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Cindy Bullard, March 24, 2010
4. Wassamassaw Baptist Church
During the Civil War, General Sherman's army supposedly camped here during their march from Savannah to Columbia, and build a hospital to treat their wounded. When Sherman resumed his march, he burned the hospital, the orginal church and everything else. The church was rebuilt in 1882.
Wassamassaw Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Cindy Bullard, March 24, 2010
5. Wassamassaw Cemetery
This cemetery is the burial place of 21 Confederate solders, possibly the largest number in any cemetery in South Carolina.
Grave of One Confederate Solder image. Click for full size.
By Cindy Bullard, March 24, 2010
6. Grave of One Confederate Solder
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2010, by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,658 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 26, 2010, by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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