Near Rhems in Georgetown County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Black Mingo Creek:
Fighting Among Neighbors
In September 1780, Francis Marion returned to South Carolina after a short tactical retreat into the swamps of eastern North Carolina. Hearing that British and Loyalist forces were burning the homes of Whig militiamen in Williamsburg District, Col. Marion aimed to challenge their control of the area.
Marion marched his men across the Great Pee Dee and Lynches Rivers to strike at a Tory detachment at Sheppard’s Ferry on Black Mingo Creek. Stationed at Patrick Dollard’s tavern less than a mile downstream from the trading village of Willtown, some fifty Tory militiamen under the command of Capt. John Coming Ball guarded the ferry crossing.
Arriving at night, Marion crossed the Black Mingo on a bridge at Willtown. The sound of the horses' hooves on the wooden planks roused the Tories, who formed a line in a clearing opposite Dollard’s tavern (located across the creek from you on the other side of the bridge). Marion divided his force into three detachments, attempting to surround them. The brief but bloody fight sent most of the Tories fleeing into the nearby swamps (behind you on this side of the creek), leaving the Whigs with a considerable store of much-needed weapons, ammunition, and horses. After the destruction of so many homes in Williamsburg, the victory at Black Mingo provided an important boost ~ practical and
Erected 2012 by Francis Marion Trail Commission of Francis Marion University.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Francis Marion trail marker series.
Location. 33° 37.288′ N, 79° 25.947′ W. Marker is near Rhems, South Carolina, in Georgetown County. Marker can be reached from Mingo Landing Trail (State Highway 41). Touch for map. At the boat landing near the bridge over Black Mingo Creek. There is a state marker for the Battle of Black Mingo across from the boat ramp access. Marker is in this post office area: Georgetown SC 29440, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Skirmish At Black Mingo Creek (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Black Mingo – Willtown / Black Mingo Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Black Mingo Presbyterian Meeting House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Birthplace of Jeremiah John Snow / China Grove Plantation (approx. 1˝ miles away); Benjamin Britton Chandler (1854–1925) (approx. 4.8 miles away); Pleasant Hill School Pleasant Hill Baptist Church (approx. 5.6 miles away); Prince George Winyah Parish / Prince Frederick’s Parish (approx. 6˝ miles away); Dissenter Meeting House and Cemetery (approx. 9.7 miles away); Indiantown Presbyterian Church (approx. 10.3 miles away).
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
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