Other names: Wambaw Creek Bridge, Strawberry Ferry
What: 25 February 1782, BG Marion vs. *Lt.Col. Thompson, skirmish
Where: 33.22529 -79.472410 Tydiman's Plantation
Maps: [map notes]
- Tydiman does not appear on Cook's 1773 map. From the 1820 Mills Charleston District map:
- Sherman's Calendar.... Search for strawberry ferry. To avoid long downloads, use option to "Save and view this PDF in Reader".
- William Dobien James, Life of Francis Marion. Project Gutenburg. Search for durant. Biblio.
- Terry Lipscomb, Names in South Carolina, XXVII, Winter 1980, p.16, "South Carolina Revolutionary War Battles, Part Eight", English Dept., Univ. of South Carolina
Marion received the news that his brigade had been defeated,
while he was still thirty miles away at Mepkin plantation. He
immediately set out for the Santee with Maham's cavalry regiment.
These dragoons were under the command of Captain John Carraway
Smith, Maham himself being absent when the news arrived. On
February 25, Marion halted at Tidyman's plantation, not far from where
the fighting had taken place on the previous day. Only half an hour later,
the British under Thompson unexpectedly made their appearance again.
Although each army was somewhat startled at encountering the other,
both sides rapidly formed for battle and charged. By some mishap, the
troops of Maham's Legion failed to understand their orders, and instead
of executing a proper charge, they moved off into the woods on their
right. The result was another American defeat, in which twenty of
Marion's soldiers were killed and twelve made prisoners. The British
also captured the officers' baggage, a number of fine horses, Marion's
tent, and some canteens filled with rum. Many of the Patriots were forced
to escape by swimming the river, and some of them drowned in the
attempt, including Lieutenant John Smiser. In the subsequent
controversy over the conduct of Maham's corps, John Carraway Smith
resigned his commission,17
17Life of Greene vol. 2. p. 306-9; James. p'. 160-63: The Royal
Gazette Fehruary 27, March 2. 1782: British Headquarters Papers.
documents 9952,.9953; Gibbes. vol. 3 (1781-1782), p. 210-41. 260-61. For
identification of Captain Bennett. see Audited Account of Robert Quash
(AA6183). South Carolina Archives. For identification of Major Benison.
see Audited Account of William Benison (AA440). Lieutenant Smiser is
tentatively identified on the basis of the Audited Account of Alexander
Coldough (AA1350). The spelling "Smiser" has heen preferred to "Smizer"
or "Smyser" because it is written this way in signatures on record at the
Archives. The Loyalist Major Young was probably Major William Young
of the Ninety Six militia. a prominent Tory from the area that is now
- NBBAS:Four, p.35 ff.
- Feb 1782 listing. Tydiman's Plantation. 25 Feb 1782.
Related sites: Durant Plantation
Wambaw Plantation (Elias Ball) & Wambaw Bridge
Confidence level: 3