Britton's Neck in Marion County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Dunhamís Bluﬀ: Control of the Rivers
Sometime in early 1781, Marion ordered Col. John Ervin, a leader of the Whig militia on Brittonís Neck, to construct a redoubt, or earthen fortification, here at Dunhamís Bluff. The redoubt served as a lookout post to monitor traffic on the Great Pee Dee and as a defensive position against light opposition. A large campsite located a short distance from here housed a garrison of militiamen.
A generation after the Revolutionary War, South Carolinaís official geographer wrote that “by having control of the rivers, [Marion] could be abundantly supplied with provisions, and his post completely inaccessible except by water.” While probably exaggerating the extent of Marionís strength, the statement does reflect the way he attempted to use the natural environment to his advantage ~ and the strategic importance of the areaís river “highways” to all sides
Erected 2012 by Francis Marion Trail Commission of Francis Marion University.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 33° 50.543′ N, 79° 20.444′ W. Marker was in Britton's Neck, South Carolina, in Marion County. Marker was on Dunham's Bluff Road. Touch for map. Marker is at the end of the road at the river. Marker was in this post office area: Gresham SC 29546, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Snowís Island: Den of the Swamp Fox (here, next to this marker); Marion's Camp at Snow's Island (approx. 1.7 miles away); Britton's Neck/Britton's Ferry (approx. 1.7 miles away); Ebenezer United Methodist Church (approx. 6 miles away); Witherspoonís Ferry: Francis Marion Takes Command (approx. 6.2 miles away); Witherspoonís Ferry / Johnsonville (approx. 6.2 miles away); Marion at Portís Ferry / Asbury at Portís Ferry (approx. 6.2 miles away); Pleasant Hill School (approx. 11.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Britton's Neck.
As of Feb 19, 2014, this and the Snow Island marker were both gone. A local gentleman at the site said
— Submitted February 24, 2014, by Bill Welsch of Glen Allen, Virginia.
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 954 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 25, 2012, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.