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

Covered Way

1761

 
 
Covered Way Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 13, 2010
1. Covered Way Marker
Inscription.
The trench that ran here, from the fort to the stockaded town, was not actually covered, but was used for cover. It was the route for official couriers, Loyalist relief troops, and slaves who risked Patriot fire to bring water from Spring branch to the Star Fort. With walls only three feet high, they had to crouch low to get through the passage unharmed.
 
Erected 2009 by National Park Service.
 
Location. 34° 8.738′ N, 82° 1.129′ W. Marker is in Ninety Six, South Carolina, in Greenwood County. Marker can be reached from South Cambridge Street (State Highway 248). Click for map. Marker is located about 1/2 way between the Star Fort and the Town of Ninety Six Markers, southwest of the Star Fort. Marker is in this post office area: Ninety Six SC 29666, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Star Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); The Forlorn Hope (within shouting distance of this marker); The Attack (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mine (within shouting distance of this marker); The Well (about 300 feet away, measured
Covered Way Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 13, 2010
2. Covered Way Marker
in a direct line); The Rifle Tower (about 300 feet away); Ninety Six (about 300 feet away); Woman and Child (about 400 feet away); Second Approach Trench (about 400 feet away); Second Parallel (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Ninety Six.
 
More about this marker. The current version of the marker is shown in Photo 1.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ninety Six National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service). Here settlers struggled against the harsh backcountry to survive, Cherokee Indians hunted and fought to keep their land, two towns and a trading post were formed and abandoned to the elements, and two Revolutionary War battles that claimed over 100 lives took place here. (Submitted on September 9, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Ninety Six National Historic Site. Ninety Six National Historic Site, also known as Old Ninety Six and Star Fort, is a United States National Historic Site located about 60 miles (96 kilometers) south of Greenville, South Carolina. (Submitted on July 19, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Original Covered Way Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 5, 2008
3. Original Covered Way Marker
When Greene first saw the British fortifications at Ninety Six, he observed that "all the works communicated with each other by covered way."

A covered way was a trench 4-5 feet deep and 2-3 feet wide which allowed troops to move from one defensive position to another. Other covered ways connected the Star Fort, the town of Ninety Six, the jail and the Stockade Fort.
 

3. Ninety Six National Historic Site. The historic district of Ninety Six National Historic Site contains numerous historical features associated with the economic and social development of the colonial South Carolina back country. (Submitted on July 19, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansColonial EraForts, CastlesMan-Made FeaturesMilitaryNotable EventsNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Path of the Covered Way Leading to the Town image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 13, 2010
4. Path of the Covered Way Leading to the Town
Posts Showing the Path of the Covered Way Between Star Fort and Ninety Six image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 5, 2008
5. Posts Showing the Path of the Covered Way Between Star Fort and Ninety Six
Path of the Covered Way Leading to the Fort image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 13, 2010
6. Path of the Covered Way Leading to the Fort
 
 
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