What: Francis Marion campsite, 28 February and 1 March 1781

Where: 33.9326587, -80.1606312 Salem Black River Church

Maps: [map notes]


  • Francis Marion Orderly Book, 28 February and 1 March 1781

  • Salem is not shown on Cook's 1773 map nor on the Mills Williamsurg District 1820 maps. However, the modern community is in the vicinity of Snow's Island and Port's Ferry, known Marion campsites.

  • NBBAS:Three Not found.

  • Sherman, "Calendar...". Search for salem. The Salem, SC mentioned in statements including Black River and High Hills, which appear to be relevant to the Salem Black River Church location. To avoid long downloads, use option to "Save and view this PDF in Reader".

  • William Dobien James, Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion. Search for salem. Four returns, all possibly relevant. Describes Salem as on Black River and 30 miles from Kingstree. Consistent with location of Salem Black River Church, existing at the time and ever since.

  • SC Highway Historical Marker Guide, p.221, describes Salem Black River Presbyterian Church as founded in 1759 and has been in continuous operation since. Its location is consistent with the Salem described by W.D. James.

  • Map snippet from Mills Sumter 1821 map, showing Brick Church, another name for Salem Black River Church. Magenta line is end of 30 mile track up Black River from Kingstree as described by W.D. James.


Related sites: Lake Swamp 27 Feb 1781, Wiboo Swamp 6 Mar 1781.

Submitted by: Patrick O'Kelley

Confidence level: 2