Wyboo Swamp:

Wyboo Swamp: (HMZ33)

Location: Manning, SC 29102 Clarendon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 32.368', W 80° 13'

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The Beginning of the Bridges Campaign

In March 1781, Lord Francis Hastings Rawdon, the British commanding officer in Charleston, designed a two-pronged assault against the forces of General Francis Marion. From Camden, Col. Welbore Ellis Doyle and the Volunteers of Ireland moved east and south to destroy Marion's camp at Snow's Island, while from Fort Watson, Col. John Watson and a combined British and Loyalist force moved along the Santee River towards Marion's main force near Nelson's Ferry. The series of engagements that followed between Watson and Marion is known as Watson's Chase or the Bridges Campaign.

Marion and Watson first clashed on March 6 on thequarter-mile-long causeway over Wyboo Swamp (todaysubmerged under the waters of Lake Marion), whereMarion had set up an ambush. The opposing cavalryfought several times on the causeway, and Marion's menwere initially able to hold back Watson's advance.

Whentwo British cannons arrived, however, Marion ordered aretreat down River Road (now Patriot Road, behind you)to John Cantey's plantation.

After the battle at Wyboo Swamp, Patriot sympathizersin the area told and retold the story of Gavin James.

Aprivate in Marion's Bridage, James faced down enemysoldiers advancing across the causeway with only hismusket, felling one with a shot and two more with hisbayonet.

HM NumberHMZ33
Year Placed2012
Placed ByFrancis Marion Trail Commission
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 8:13am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 572728 N 3711369
Decimal Degrees33.53946667, -80.21666667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 32.368', W 80° 13'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 32' 22.08" N, 80° 13' 0.00" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301 Patriot Rd, Manning SC 29102, US
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