The Lowcountry
Revolutionary Trail


Follow the Revolutionary War path of Dr. Uzal Johnson as he traveled the Lowcountry.

The Lowcountry Revolutionary Trail winds through Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. It follows the path of Dr. Uzal Johnson of the New Jersey Volunteers during the Revolutionary War.

Dr. Johnson, a loyal American volunteer spent time in the Lowcountry during the spring of 1780. He witnessed skirmishes at Ft. Balfour, Saltketcher’s Bridge, McPherson’s Plantation, and the Battle of Coosawhatchie. You can retrace his footsteps and see what remains of the sites.

Battle of Coosawhatchie

The first stop is the location of the Battle of Coosawhatchie (Hwy 17 at the Coosawhatchie River bridge). On May 3, 1774 Lt. Col. John Laurens and 250 men were in position on a slight rise near the bridge at Coosawhatchie. They were guarding the road against the expected assault by about 2,400 British soldiers from Savannah. Against orders, Laurens and his men crossed the river and formed a line for battle. With many of the soldiers and Laurens himself wounded, they fell back to the Tullifinny River, about two miles east.

Salkehatchie River

The British left McPherson’s Plantation on March 18, 1780 and marched to the crossing of the Saltketcher (now the Salkehatchie) River, where a bridge had stood before the beginning of the war. They were met by 80 American militiamen who tried to prevent their crossing. The British Light Infantry crossed the river below this spot and came up behind the Americans. A captain and 16 privates were bayoneted to death by the British, who then spent the night at nearby Ogilvy’s Plantation. The historic sign is located at the boat ramp on Hwy 17-A on the Salkehatchie River, just outside Yemassee.

Frampton Plantation House

Start your Lowcountry Revolutionary War journey at Frampton Plantation House gazebo. Located behind the house, the gazebo contains a map of the sites and information about the trail. Come inside the visitors center if you have any questions, or need directions. We will be happy to help you with this journey. Frampton Plantation House is located behind the Marathon Gas Station in Point South 698 Kings Highway (Hwy. 17), 843-717-3090.

McPherson Plantation

From here, Dr. Johnson headed to the home of Isaac McPherson, who was described by the doctor as “a great (Revolutionary) Rebel, a man of property. British soldiers occupied the McPherson Plantation March 14-17 while trying to track down 50 Americans on horseback. During the occupation, the British engaged in what they thought was a skirmish with the Americans. They were mistaken and attacked their own troops instead.

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The historical marker is located beside the Sheldon Chapel, 25481 Pocotaligo Rd. in McPhersonville. It reads, “Tuesday 14th March 1780 – At four o’clock in the afternoon, Col. Ferguson and part of the American Volunteers and twenty men in the British Legion proceeded nine miles to McPherson’s Plantation. We got to Isaac McPherson’s at nine o’clock. Fifty Rebels on horseback had just left this and gone to John McPherson’s. A party of ours pursued them but could not overtake them.

Wednesday 15th March 1780 – Still at McPherson’s Plantation foraging parties get everything that is needed for the Army.

Fort Balfour

In the fall of 1780, the British built an earth and palisade fort to maintain control of Beaufort and protect the King’s Highway (Hwy 17) between Savannah and Charleston. Ft. Balfour was built at the key crossroad at Pocotaligo and named for the British commander of occupied Charleston. In April of 1781 Col. William Harden was detached from Gen. Francis Marion’s Brigade with 100 men. On April 14 Harden convinced old friends from Beaufort who were in command of Ft. Balfour that he had more troops than he did and that they should surrender. They believed him and did. Learning that British soldiers were on the way from Charleston, Harden and his men burned the garrison.

No one is quite sure of the fort’s exact location today, but the marker is places alongside the marsh of the Pocotaligo River at 2 Trask Parkway (Hwy. 17), beside the Family Worship Center Church. It reads, “In order to maintain control of the Beaufort District and protect communications on the King’s Highway, an earth and palisade fort was built on the high ground between Coosawhatchie and Pocotaligo bridges: the strategic crossroads of the Southern Parishes. This fort was named for the commander of the British garrison at Charleston during the fall of 1780, Lt. Col. Nisbet Balfour, one of the most disliked officers in South Carolina.”

Frampton Plantation House

Start your Lowcountry Revolutionary War journey at Frampton Plantation House gazebo. Located behind the house, the gazebo contains a map of the sites and information about the trail. Come inside the visitors center if you have any questions, or need directions. We will be happy to help you with this journey. Frampton Plantation House is located behind the Marathon Gas Station in Point South 698 Kings Highway (Hwy. 17), 843-717-3090.

Battle of Coosawhatchie

The first stop is the location of the Battle of Coosawhatchie (Hwy 17 at the Coosawhatchie River bridge). On May 3, 1774 Lt. Col. John Laurens and 250 men were in position on a slight rise near the bridge at Coosawhatchie. They were guarding the road against the expected assault by about 2,400 British soldiers from Savannah. Against orders, Laurens and his men crossed the river and formed a line for battle. With many of the soldiers and Laurens himself wounded, they fell back to the Tullifinny River, about two miles east.

McPherson Plantation

From here, Dr. Johnson headed to the home of Isaac McPherson, who was described by the doctor as “a great (Revolutionary) Rebel, a man of property. British soldiers occupied the McPherson Plantation March 14-17 while trying to track down 50 Americans on horseback. During the occupation, the British engaged in what they thought was a skirmish with the Americans. They were mistaken and attacked their own troops instead.

lowcountry revolutionary war trail, sc
The historical marker is located beside the Sheldon Chapel, 25481 Pocotaligo Rd. in McPhersonville. It reads, “Tuesday 14th March 1780 – At four o’clock in the afternoon, Col. Ferguson and part of the American Volunteers and twenty men in the British Legion proceeded nine miles to McPherson’s Plantation. We got to Isaac McPherson’s at nine o’clock. Fifty Rebels on horseback had just left this and gone to John McPherson’s. A party of ours pursued them but could not overtake them.

Wednesday 15th March 1780 – Still at McPherson’s Plantation foraging parties get everything that is needed for the Army.

Salkehatchie River

The British left McPherson’s Plantation on March 18, 1780 and marched to the crossing of the Saltketcher (now the Salkehatchie) River, where a bridge had stood before the beginning of the war. They were met by 80 American militiamen who tried to prevent their crossing. The British Light Infantry crossed the river below this spot and came up behind the Americans. A captain and 16 privates were bayoneted to death by the British, who then spent the night at nearby Ogilvy’s Plantation. The historic sign is located at the boat ramp on Hwy 17-A on the Salkehatchie River, just outside Yemassee.

Fort Balfour

In the fall of 1780, the British built an earth and palisade fort to maintain control of Beaufort and protect the King’s Highway (Hwy 17) between Savannah and Charleston. Ft. Balfour was built at the key crossroad at Pocotaligo and named for the British commander of occupied Charleston. In April of 1781 Col. William Harden was detached from Gen. Francis Marion’s Brigade with 100 men. On April 14 Harden convinced old friends from Beaufort who were in command of Ft. Balfour that he had more troops than he did and that they should surrender. They believed him and did. Learning that British soldiers were on the way from Charleston, Harden and his men burned the garrison.

No one is quite sure of the fort’s exact location today, but the marker is places alongside the marsh of the Pocotaligo River at 2 Trask Parkway (Hwy. 17), beside the Family Worship Center Church. It reads, “In order to maintain control of the Beaufort District and protect communications on the King’s Highway, an earth and palisade fort was built on the high ground between Coosawhatchie and Pocotaligo bridges: the strategic crossroads of the Southern Parishes. This fort was named for the commander of the British garrison at Charleston during the fall of 1780, Lt. Col. Nisbet Balfour, one of the most disliked officers in South Carolina.”

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