Ashley River Church
Other names: Ashley River Baptist Church
Skirmish, *Capt. Cooper vs. unknown Loyalist commander, 8/31/1781
Where: 32.873851 -80.05798 SC-642, 3 mi. S. of Dorchester County line
Maps: [map notes]
Terry Lipscomb, Names in South Carolina, XXVI, "South Carolina Revolutionary Battles, Part Seven", Winter 1979, p.33.
The brick church was Ashley River Church, a Baptist meeting house that was the seat of an active congregation in colonial South Carolina. By the time of the Revolution, however, the church had become extinct and the building was being used by the Tories as a military station. By 1821, when James was writing his Life of Marion, even the building was no longer standing. Ashley River Church was on the road that is now S. C. 642, and its location was in modern Charleston County within three miles of the Dorchester County line.15
Footnote 15: Leah Townsend, South Carolina Baptists 1670-1805, pp. 32-36; Mouzon's map of North and South Carolina (1775).
32.873851 -80.05798 SC-642, 3 mi. S. of Dorchester County line
Mouzon's 1775 map shows church on NE side of Dorchester Road.
William Dobein James, Sketch of the life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion and a history of his brigade
...in the thanks of congress to Gen. Marion, which fix
it on the 31st of August.
In the mean time, Capt. Cooper passed on to the Cypress, and there routed
a party of tories, and then proceeding down the road, he drove off the
cattle from before the enemy's fort at Dorchester. He next moved on down
the Charleston road; a body of tories lay in a brick church, which stood
then twelve miles from town; he charged and drove them before him.
Next, passing into Goose creek road, he proceeded to the ten mile house,
returned and passed over Goose creek bridge, took a circuitous route
around the British at Monk's corner and arrived in camp at Peyre's
plantation near the canal, where Gen. Marion now lay, with many
prisoners, and without the loss of a man.
Revlist post: "Cypress Swamp, Dorchester and
Ashley River Church, South Carolina, 31 August 1781"
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Aug 1781 listing 8/31/1781 Ashley River Church. American victory.
Cypress Swamp, Dorchester
Confidence level:: See above