Kingstree in Williamsburg County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Kingstree: Gathering Vital Intelligence
While Patriot lore has called this incident the “Battle of Kingstree,” the reality was probably much more modest. Hiding behind a thicket on the side of a road (probably near here on what would become Academy Street), Maj. James and his men watched as dozens of troops rode into town. They conducted a brief hit-and-run strike, capturing at least one prisoner and an orderly book. From these, Marion learned that two hundred soldiers of the 63rd Regiment under Maj. James Wemyss had already reached Kingstree, and that hundreds more British and Loyalist troops were on their way. Other scouts confirmed that Marionís force would soon be surrounded.
Marion knew that leading some 150 militiamen against a force as much as ten times larger would be a suicide mission, and a disastrous defeat would break the morale of the rebellion in South Carolina. Faced with a simple strategic choice, Marion retreated into the Great White Marsh of eastern North Carolina
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° 40.263′ N, 79° 49.893′ W. Marker is in Kingstree, South Carolina, in Williamsburg County. Marker is on Academy Street near Kelly Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in Kellahan Park. Marker is in this post office area: Kingstree SC 29556, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Williamsburg Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Albanís Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of Kingstree (approx. half a mile away); Willamsburg County Veterans Monument (approx. half a mile away); Williamsburgh (approx. half a mile away); Williamsburg County Confederate Monument (approx. half a mile away); Old Muster Ground and Courthouse (approx. half a mile away); Thurgood Marshall, J.D. (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingstree.
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2012, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 582 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 25, 2012, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.