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Wyboo Swamp:

The Beginning of the Bridges Campaign

 
 
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By C Summers, January 26, 2012
1. Wyboo Swamp: The Beginning of the Bridges Campaign Marker
Inscription. In March 1781, Lord Francis Hastings Rawdon, the British commanding officer in Charleston, designed a two-pronged assault against the forces of General Francis Marion. From Camden, Col. Welbore Ellis Doyle and the Volunteers of Ireland moved east and south to destroy Marionís camp at Snowís Island, while from Fort Watson, Col. John Watson and a combined British and Loyalist force moved along the Santee River towards Marionís main force near Nelsonís Ferry. The series of engagements that followed between Watson and Marion is known as Watsonís Chase or the Bridges Campaign.

Marion and Watson first clashed on March 6 on the quarter-mile-long causeway over Wyboo Swamp (today submerged under the waters of Lake Marion), where Marion had set up an ambush. The opposing cavalry fought several times on the causeway, and Marionís men were initially able to hold back Watsonís advance.

When two British cannons arrived, however, Marion ordered a retreat down River Road (now Patriot Road, behind you) to John Canteyís plantation.

After the battle at Wyboo Swamp, Patriot sympathizers in the area told and retold the story of Gavin James.

A private in Marionís Bridage, James faced down enemy soldiers advancing across the causeway with only his musket, felling one with a shot and two more with his bayonet.
 
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Wyboo Swamp: The Beginning of the Bridges Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By C Summers, January 26, 2012
2. Wyboo Swamp: The Beginning of the Bridges Campaign Marker
2012 by Francis Marion Trail Commission.
 
Location. 33° 32.368′ N, 80° 13′ W. Marker is near Manning, South Carolina, in Clarendon County. Marker is at the intersection of Patriot Road (State Highway 14-410) and Wyboo Road on Patriot Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Manning SC 29102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Revolutionary Skirmish Near Wyboo Swamp (here, next to this marker); Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); Cantey Family Cemetery (approx. 7.4 miles away); Taw Caw Church (approx. 8.3 miles away); The Patriot and the Redcoat (approx. 9 miles away); Summerton Presbyterian Church (approx. 9 miles away); Siege of Fort Watson (approx. 9 miles away); Wagon Travel (approx. 9 miles away).
 
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Additional comments.
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    — Submitted August 8, 2013, by C Summers of Manning, South Carolina.

 
Categories. EducationPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2012, by C Summers of Manning, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 919 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 26, 2012, by C Summers of Manning, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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