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Pocotaligo River

The Pocotaligo River is a tidal creek separating Beaufort and Jasper counties. The surrounding area served as the site of the Yamasee War of 1715 when members of the Yamasee tribe (now spelled Yemassee and pronounced YAM • uh • see) attacked colonial settlers. However, the English eventually dominated the Pocotaligo settlement and built a bridge over the creek, creating access between Charleston and nearby Savannah, Georgia.

Pocotaligo River

Lamar Nix of Seabrook © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Pocotaligo remained an important stop along this route through the decades, and a depot was built to provide railway access between these two major cities. In 1862 this railway became the site of a Civil War battle between the Federal troops who wanted to destroy it and the Confederate troops who succeeded in protecting it. Today the Pocotaligo River is a popular recreational site and frequented by kayakers.

Pocotaligo Jasper County

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5 Comments about Pocotaligo River

Douglas Meadows says:
February 13th, 2019 at 9:26 pm

Does anyone know where the old train station used to be in Pocotaligo? Any info would be greatly appreciated!

Patti Simmons says:
October 6th, 2018 at 4:47 pm

Looking for the land Dona Hutson bought from Micajah Hutson in 1903. 148 acres in Pocotaligo Township. Waiting on time to search old deeds or plats. These two pics really are beautiful.

Thomas Fetters says:
July 26th, 2018 at 5:14 pm

I have an 1845 map of Colleton District as well as Prince William District. The railroad at that time was the Charleston & Hamburg running from Charleston to Hamburg. Stations at St George, Reevesville, Branchville and Midway are shown. A major road ran south from St. George to the Edisto River crossing to Red Bank and continuing to Walterborough, then heading onward to Blue House and Collins Crossroads. Moving on southwest, A dot represents Pocataligo in Prince William District. Another road runs from Jacksonoboro west to Ashepoo, Blue House and on to Pocataligo to reach Savannah.

Pocatalico is one of the biggest settlements on the road system in 1845.

Colleton District was settled by folks from Barbados after King Charles II offered 100 acres and cash to all white men who would settle there and raise cash crops for England. While few recall this, the folks in Barbados are VERY aware of their migration north.

Ray DeMasters says:
February 3rd, 2017 at 5:45 pm

Again, thank you! My ancestor James DeMasters may have been a participant in the Battle of Pocotaligo. The Nelson Artillery Lamkin and Rives Artillery, Virginia Artillery – Virginia Volunteers spent time here at “Camp Old Dominion” in the winter of 1862.

Wm Olendorf says:
June 12th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Point South KOA at head of the Pocotaligo River is a great place to stay and explore the river’s history & beauty.


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