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Battle of Pocotaligo

Posted 1/19/2014 3:21:00 PM

Most people know the name Pocotaligo when they drive across the river of that name in the South Carolina Lowcountry

But it also was the site of a battle in the early days of the Civil War. In October 1862, Union forces came up the Broad River to try to destroy the railroad and bridges on the Charleston and Savannah line. A contingent of more than 4,000 U.S. soldiers sailed up to Mackay Point between the Coosawhatchie and Pocotaligo rivers.

A smaller group of soldiers branched off to make their way to Pocotaligo and the railroad bridge. As the soldiers traveled, they destroyed the rail line, but a small Confederate force managed to keep the advancing forces from the bridge. By saving the rail line, the Confederates were able to keep the supply line open between Charleston and Savannah, Ga.

Later this month, the Palmetto Battalion of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will re-enact the Battle of Pocotaligo.

If you are going:
The re-enactment is held on the actual battle site at Frampton Plantation in Yemassee. The two-day event starts at 9 a.m. Jan. 25 and ends at 5 p.m. Jan. 26. Daily battles are held at 2 p.m. The event also includes a Civil War encampment and a life-size replica of the Confederate submarine the H.L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy warship in battle. The plantation is located at Exit 33 on Interstate 95. For more information, call (843) 271-0568.