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Ninety Six in Greenwood County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The British Fortifications

 
 
The British Fortifications Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 5, 2008
1. The British Fortifications Marker
Inscription. Cruger assumed command at Ninety Six in August, 1780, and quickly strengthened the defenses. By October he had built a stockade and ditch around "ye Court house and the principle houses" and added blockhouses, probably on the Island Ford and Charleston roads.

Cruger hinted to Lord Charles Cornwallis that 'the Ideas of an Engineer would not injure us..." Lieutenant Henry Haidans, a military engineer, reached the post in early December and reported "the works in a much better state than expected..." Haldane recommended adding an abatis (fallen trees arranged with sharpened branches facing an enemy) on a line 30 yards from the ditch and construction of the Star Fort to protect the eastern flank of the town.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 34° 8.863′ N, 82° 1.118′ W. Marker is in Ninety Six, South Carolina, in Greenwood County. Marker is on South Cambridge Street. Click for map. Marker is located in the observation tower on the north end o the battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Ninety Six SC 29666, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Siege Trenches (here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); The Patriots Lay Siege to the Star Fort
View of the Battlefield from the Observation Tower image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 5, 2008
2. View of the Battlefield from the Observation Tower
The paved trail follow along the various stages of the siege trenches, leading to the rear entrance of Star Fort.
(here, next to this marker); Patriot Soldier (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Patriots Lay Siege to the Star Fort (a few steps from this marker); The Patriot Force Arrives (within shouting distance of this marker); The Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Trader with Pack Horse (within shouting distance of this marker); Island Ford Road (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Ninety Six.
 
More about this marker. This is the fourth marker on the Ninety Six Historical Park Walking Tour.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ninety Six National Historic Site. (Submitted on September 7, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Ninety Six National Historic Site Walking Trail (pdf). (Submitted on September 7, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Loyalist Institute: Memorial of John Harris Cruger of New York. (Submitted on September 7, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 725 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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