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Godfrey's Savannah.

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What:
Campsite, Maj. Patrick Ferguson, 20 Mar 1780
Failed ambush, BG Marion vs. Lt.Col. Borck, 27 Aug 1781

Where: 32.7701760, -80.6992719 (WGS84/NAD83) Bluehouse Corners.

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  • Lt. Anthony Allaire's Diary, March 1780:
    Sunday, 19th. Passed Saltketcher river - where the bridge formerly stood, but has been destroyed since the rebellion - in boats, and swam the horses. The causeway on both sides of the river is overflowed with water from two to three feet deep, at the ferry house, about a quarter of a mile from the river. Dr. Johnson dressed the wounds of Maj. Wright and the four Rebels that were bayoneted yesterday. Marched one mile and a half to a tavern kept by Mr. Gibson, who is at present prisoner in Charleston, for not taking up arms when his country so loudly calls for assistance.

    Monday, 20th. The army got in motion, marching about two miles. Received orders to halt, the rear guard being fired on ; it proved to be the [New] York Volunteers, getting the boats on the carriages at the river, were fired on by a skulking party of rascals on the other side of the stream. Three poor lads of the York Volunteers were killed. What damage was done to the Rebels we are not certain. Detained by this and repairing of bridges on the road, we only marched seven miles this day. Took up our ground at a place called Godfrey's savannah.

    Tuesday, 21st. The army got in motion. Marched to Fish Pond river. Here we were detained to repair the bridge till evening. Before we crossed we moved on about three miles, through a swamp, over an exceeding bad causeway. This day Col. Tarleton, with his dragoons, joined us from Beaufort, where he had been to get horses - his being all lost on the passage from New York. We took up our ground about ten o'clock at night, and remained till ten o'clock next morning.

  • Names in Colleton County:
    In 1826 there was in this county a post office named Godfrey's Savannah with a tavern nearby named Blue House, where it is said that General George Washington dined as he traveled from Duharra, the plantation home of O'Brien Smith, where he spent the night before continuing his trip to Savannnah, Georgia. No doubt Blue House Tavern was painted blue from the blue indigo that was cultivated in this section. Even today many of the Gullah Negroes have their homes either painted blue or the windows and doors are trimmed in blue "cause haant cant go obuh blue".

  • The distance from Saltketcher Bridge to Fishpond Bridge is 12.1 miles. Distance from selected location to Fishpond Bridge is 3.6 miles.

  • Bluehouse Corners is a probable location for the old Godfrey's Post Office. Such higher ground would have been suitable for a campsite. It is possible the campsite could have been on the west side of the swamp, but that would have placed them almost a mile further away from the bridge they intended to cross the next day as soon as repairs were finished.

  • William Dobien James, Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion. Not mentioned in description of Parker's Ferry.

  • NBBAS:Two p. 124-5
  • NBBAS:Three p. 324
    Marion wanted to attack a British force under Lieutenant Colonel Ernst Leopold von Borck as they returned to the Edisto. He made preparations to ambush them at Godfrey’s Savannah on the night of August 27th. Some of his troops failed to follow orders and the ambush had to be aborted.

  • Sherman's Calendar.... Search for godfrey. 2 returns, both relevant. To avoid future long downloads, use option to "Save and view this PDF in Reader".

  • RevWar75. Not found.

    Related sites: Saltketcher Bridge, Fishpond Bridge

    Submitted by: John Robertson.

    Confidence level: 1

    12-26-16