Johnsonville in Florence County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Witherspoon’s Ferry: Francis Marion Takes Command
On August 17, 1780, leading a ragtag band of fewer than twenty men, “some white, some black, and all mounted, but most of them miserably equipped,” Col. Marion entered the camp of the Williamsburg Militia here at Witherspoon’s Ferry (probably at a site a few yards downstream, just ahead of you) and took command. William Dobein James, then a fifteen-year-old militiaman, recalled his first sight of Marion:
He was below the middle stature of men. His body was well set, but his knees and ankles were badly formed; and he still limped upon one leg. He had a countenance remarkably steady; his nose was aquiline, his chin projecting; his forehead was large and high. And his eyes black and piercing…. He was dressed in a close round-bodied crimson jacket, of a coarse texture, and wore a leather cap, part of the uniform of the second regiment, with a silver crescent in front, inscribed with the words,
Erected 2012 by Francis Marion Trail Commission of Francis Marion University.
Location. 33° 50.32′ N, 79° 26.897′ W. Marker is in Johnsonville, South Carolina, in Florence County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 41/51, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at a boat landing. Marker is in this post office area: Johnsonville SC 29555, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Witherspoon’s Ferry / Johnsonville (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marion at Port’s Ferry / Asbury at Port’s Ferry (approx. 1.5 miles away); Ebenezer United Methodist Church (approx. 4.8 miles away); Dunham’s Bluff: Control of the Rivers (approx. 6.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Snow’s Island: Den of the Swamp Fox (approx. 6.2 miles away); Britton's Neck/Britton's Ferry (approx. 6.8 miles away); Marion's Camp at Snow's Island (approx. 6.8 miles away); Hannah (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Johnsonville.
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
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