Rimini in Clarendon County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Encounter at Halfway Swamp / Site of Original St. Mark's Church
Encounter at Halfway Swamp
On December 12, 1780, according to tradition, British Maj. Robert McLeroth was surprised near here by Gen. Francis Marion. The British first agreed to a staged combat with twenty men on each side, but slipped away during the night, escaping an all-out battle. Credence is given to the event by the skirmish on December 13th at Singleton's Mill, 10 miles north.
The first church of St. Mark's Parish, established in 1757 by commissioners Isaac Brunson, John, Joseph, and William Cantey, James McGirt, Mathew Nelson, and Richard Richardson, stood nearby at Halfway Swamp. Burned by the British during the Revolution, it was rebuilt four times and now stands near Pinewood.
Erected 2010 by The Clarendon County Historical Society, replacing a marker erected by the society in 1980. (Marker Number 14-6.)
Location. 33° 39.301′ N, 80° 29.724′ W. Marker is in Rimini, South Carolina, in Clarendon County. Marker is on Old River Road (State Highway 14-76) one mile south of Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pinewood SC 29125, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Halfway Swamp: (approx. ¼ mile away); Richardson Graves (approx. 1.2 miles away); Col. David Dubose Gaillard (approx. 5.1 miles away); Good Hope Picnic (approx. 5.9 miles away); Andrews Chapel Church (approx. 6.4 miles away); St. Mark's Episcopal Church (approx. 6½ miles away); Richard Richardson (approx. 6½ miles away); Millford Plantation (approx. 6½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rimini.
Regarding Encounter at Halfway Swamp / Site of Original St. Mark's Church. Major McLeroth agreed to the challenge and a field was chosen. Marion selected Major John Vanderhorst as team captain and carefully chose twenty men. They were ordered to not fire until they were fifty yards away. However, the deadly contest did not play out, because the British team marched off the field. McLeroth had merely been stalling while waiting for reinforcements. Captain James Coffin was leading 140 men to join McLeroth, but when he learned of Marion's presence, he declined to reinforce McLeroth for attack.
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1. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced a stolen marker at this location also titled “Encounter at Halfway Swamp / Site of Original St. Mark's Church Marker” (Submitted on April 13, 2016.)
2. The American Revolution in South Carolina. ... Maj. McLeroth negotiated with Col. Marion to settle the matter with a mass duel. While each side drew up teams for the duel Maj. McLeroth sent for reinforcements. When the reinforcements appeared Col. Marion and his men fell back. ... (Submitted on June 4, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
3. American Revolutionary War - Battle of Halfway Swamp. The Americans drove in the British pickets and attacked their rear guard. His (Major McLeRoth) men took cover from Marion's mounted men behind a rail fence, which apparently forestalled Marion's advance. With his path blocked, McLeRoth sent a flag to protest the shooting of his pickets and dared Marion to meet him in the open. During this pause, McLeroth sent out a flag of truce challenging Marion to a gentlemanly shooting duel between 20 men of each side. Marion responded to McLeRoths dare by saying that as long as the British forces continue to burn down civilian houses and send out raids, he would continue to shot the British pickets. Responding to the request to meet McLeRoth out in the open, Marion said "...if Major McLeRoth wishes to see mortal combat between (Submitted on June 4, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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