Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Battle of Pocotaligo

Marker ID: SCHM 27-22
Location: on the Frontage Rd. in front of the Best Western Motel were Kings Highway (US 17) intersects with I-95, Pocataligo, SC
County: Jasper
Coordinates: N 32° 37.919    W 080° 52.553
  32.631983    -80.875883
Style: Free Standing **


The Battle of Pocotaligo, the largest action of a three-day expedition intended to disrupt the Charleston & Savannah Railroad, took place nearby on October 22, 1862. With 2000 Confederates under Col. W.S. Walker defending the area between Charleston and Savannah, 4500 Federals under Brig. Gens. J.M. Brannon and A.M. Terry landed at Mackays Point, seven miles south.

The Confederates with only 475 men in the immediate vicinity when the day began, delayed the Federals in engagements at Caston´s Plantation until 200 reinforcements arrived by train. Most of the fighting centered around Pocataligo Bridge, and by dusk the Federals withdrew toward Port Royal having done only minimal damage to the Charleston & Savannah Railroad.


More information:
sciway - The Whippy Swamp Guards
47th Pennsylvania - Pocotaligo
Eleventh South Carolina Infantry Regiment
HMDB - Whippy Swamp Muster Ground

Wikipedia - South Carolina in the American Civil War
Wikipedia - Charleston, South Carolina in the American Civil War