Morris Ford Earthworks.
What: Skirmish, ?? May 1780, Capt. Mumford vs. *Capt. John
Where: 33.20912, -81.35297, Morris Ford Earthworks
Maps: [map notes]
- CBB: "Morris Ford Earthworks, 1780 & 1865, SC Secondary Rd. 70 (Old Allendale Hwy.) just north of the Salkehatchie River Bridge.
Roadside marker, RW data from Memoirs of Tarleton Brown.
- South Carolina Highway Historical Marker Guide, p.20. Marker 6-5.
"Nearby earthworks at Morris Ford, on the Salkehatchie River, built in the spring 1780 by Loyalists under Ben John. In May, soon after Charleston fell to the British, Capt. John Mumford of the South Carolina militia was killed in action in a clash with Johnís Loyalists; he is buried at the site. In early 1865 Confederate cavalry under Maj. Joseph Wheeler rebuilt the old earthworks."
- Barnwell County Highway map:
- Memoirs of Tarleton Brown, A Captain in the Revolutionary Army :
When Charleston fell into the hands of the British, under the command of sir Henry Clinton and Admiral Arbuthnot, Captain Munford, in attempting to make his way to the American Army, was attacked at Morrisí Ford, Salkahatchie, by old Ben John and his gang of Tories. In this encounter the poor fellow lost his life, and a truer patriot and braver soldier never fell. He now sleeps at the foot of a large pine, on the left hand side of the main road to Barnwell Court House, a few rods south of the bridge, just at turn of the road from which you can see the bridge.
- NBBAS:Two, p.153.
- Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution n/l. Not found.
- Sherman's Calendar.... Not found.
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listing 5/1780 Morris' Ford. British victory.
Confidence level: 4