The American Revolution in South Carolina

Cashua Ferry Church

April 17, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Malachi Murphy, Jr.
British Cdr:

Major Micajah Gainey
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Cheraws District
Present County:

Marlboro County

aka Cashway Ferry, Brownsville Church, Muddy Creek Church.


A general place of rendezvous for Patriot forces in this area was Cashua Ferry or Cashway Ferry on the Great Pee Dee River. A short distance from the ferry landing on the present-day Marlboro County side of the river, there stood a Baptist church that was used as a Patriot Militia headquarters on weekdays; the Reverend Evan Pugh preached there on Sundays even at the height of the American Revolution. The church building became the object of a furious skirmish between the Patriots and Loyalists at some point during the war.

The details of the action were forgotten by later generations, but the Loyalists are supposed to have been chased into the swamp at its conclusion. When a new meeting house was built at Cashway after the war, portions of the old building were incorporated into an edifice for its daughter congregation at Muddy Creek Church, later Brownsville Church. For many years thereafter, the Baptists at Brownsville worshipped in a building with bullet holes of 1780-81 vintage in its doors and shutters.

Cashua Ferry was located about where SC Hwy. 34 today crosses the Pee Dee River. Brownsville Church is located on SC Hwy. 38 in Marlboro County about three miles north of the present community of Brownsville; Brown's Mill was probably in the general vicinity of the church.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Upper Craven County Regiment of Militia detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. Malachi Murphy, Jr.
Major Micajah Gainey, Capt. David Fanning (NC), with unknown number of Loyalists
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