Historic Markers Across South Carolina



Skirmish at Wambaw Bridge / Skirmish at Wambaw Creek



Marker ID: SCHM 8-32
Location: French Santee Rd. (S.C. Hwy. 45) near Wambaw Creek Bridge at the Berkeley County-Charleston County line, Honey Hill, SC
County: Berkeley
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Style: Free Standing **
 



Text:

SKIRMISH AT WAMBAW BRIDGE


On February 24, 1782, at Wambaw Bridge 6 mi. N, a force of British cavalry, regular infantry, and Loyalist militia under Col. Benjamin Thompson surprised, defeated, and scattered part of Gen. Francis Marion´s brigade of S.C. militia and Continental dragoons, under Col. Archibald McDonald and Maj. William Benison. The Americans lost 44 killed and captured; the British, none.

SKIRMISH AT WAMBAW CREEK

When Marion, who had just left the S.C. Assembly to return to the army, learned of the disaster, he took a regiment of Continental dragoons and marched toward the Santee River. On February 25th Thompson surprised Marion´s force and drove it from Tidyman´s plantation near Wambaw Creek. The Americans lost 32 killed and captured; the British lost 1 man captured in two days´ fighting.

Erected by the Berkeley County Historical Society and the U.S. Forest Service, 1997