The American Revolution in South Carolina

Wappetaw Church

November 19, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Lt. Col. Hezekiah Maham
British Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Killed:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Wounded:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Captured:

Unknown
Old District: 

Charles Town District
Present County:

Charleston County

Skirmish, Lt. Col. Hezekiah Maham vs. Unknown.


Needless to say, the British enjoyed no long-range success in keeping Brigadier General Francis Marion's patrols out of the vicinity, and sometime during the fall of 1781, the British post at Wappetaw Meeting House came under attack by a corps of State Troops commanded by Lt. Col. Hezekiah Maham.

Although this battle was probably of some significance, it represents yet another gap in the published historical record. Apparently, the British must have taken a beating, since a number of royal troops are said to have been killed or captured.

This outpost was located about thirteen miles north of the modern community of Mount Pleasant, in a church building that the British had converted into a fortified stronghold.

The Wappetaw Independent or Congregational Church seems to have experienced a series of misfortunes during the American Revolution. Not only was the house of worship appropriated for military use, but the pastor is said to have been murdered in the parsonage house by his slaves during these unsettled times.

The British added the crowning piece of mischief by burning the meeting house together with the church records when they abandoned the post at the close of the war. The site is on U.S. Hwy. 17 in Charleston County.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
SC 3rd Regiment of State Dragoons (State Troops) led by Lt. Col. Hezekiah Maham, with unknown number of men

Unknown

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