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Summerton in Clarendon County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Siege of Fort Watson

 
 
Siege of Fort Watson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
1. Siege of Fort Watson Marker
Inscription. During the American Revolution, Colonel Lee and his Legion joined General Marion's Brigade along the Santee River. They laid seige to British held Fort Watson on top of Santee Indian Mound. Major Maham's idea was to build a tower for sharpshooters to fire inside the fort. After days of chopping saplings, they erected the tower overnight. April 23,1781 at dawn, firing from the tower led to rapid surrender of Fort Watson.
 
Erected 2009 by Citizens of Clarendin County, SC Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper), Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce.
 
Location. 33° 36.476′ N, 80° 20.986′ W. Marker is in Summerton, South Carolina, in Clarendon County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 301) and South Dukes Street, on the right when traveling south on West Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Summerton SC 29148, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wagon Travel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Patriot and the Redcoat (within shouting distance of this marker); Patriot Departs to Ride with Marion (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Senn's Mill
Siege of Fort Watson Marker image. Click for full size.
By C Summers, April 10, 2016
2. Siege of Fort Watson Marker
Siege of Fort Watson was updated & revised April, 2016
(about 600 feet away); Elusive Francis Marion, 1780-1781 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Summerton Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Anne Custis Burgess (approx. 0.4 miles away); "Together Let Us Sweetly Live" (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Summerton.
 
Regarding Siege of Fort Watson. Terry Smith constructs a new interpretation of Fort Watson, March 2009.
Siege of Fort Watson Murals, Newest 4 murals in Summerton, completed April 2009.
Colonel Lee and Lee's Legion joined General Marion and Marion's Brigade on the Santee River. They elected to capture British-held Fort Watson to get supplies. General Thomas Sumter had attacked Fort Watson unsuccessfully on February 28, 1781. Marion's men laid siege to Fort Watson for many days starting April 16, 1781. While waiting for a cannon to arrive,
Major Maham suggested building a tower to have sharpshooters pick off the Redcoats inside the fort. The Patriots gathered saplings for several days and constructed the tower overnight. The use of the tower led to the capture of Fort Watson on April 23rd, 1781, and was the final Battle of Fort Watson.
Siege of Fort Watson Marker image. Click for full size.
By C Summers, April 10, 2016
3. Siege of Fort Watson Marker
New revised Siege of Fort Watson Marker



These murals are donated by the Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society, 2009, to bring alive Revolutionary War history on Summerton's Main Street on Baucom's building. Artist: Terry Smith, Land O Lakes, Florida
(Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society)
 
Also see . . .
1. The American Revolutionary War. The Siege of Fort Watson (Submitted on October 27, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Swamp Fox Murals Trail. (Submitted on May 23, 2013, by C Summers of Manning, South Carolina.)
 
Additional comments.
1. New Clarendon County Tour app
Find all the Clarendon County history markers the easy way, hear the text & see the maps, just download the Clarendon County tour app onto your phone, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.brinkman.ClarendonTour
    — Submitted August 8, 2013, by C Summers of Manning, South Carolina.

 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Siege of Fort Watson Marker at corner of Main Street and South Dukes Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 11, 2009
4. Siege of Fort Watson Marker at corner of Main Street and South Dukes Street
Siege of Fort Watson mural, 3 of 4 panels image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 11, 2009
5. Siege of Fort Watson mural, 3 of 4 panels
Swamp Fox Trails Mural , Siege of Fort Watson and Marker, at right image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud
6. Swamp Fox Trails Mural , Siege of Fort Watson and Marker, at right
Artist: Terry Smith, Land O Lakes, Florida
Fort Watson , Mural concept image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 11, 2009
7. Fort Watson , Mural concept
Fort Watson / Indian Mound as seen today image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2010
8. Fort Watson / Indian Mound as seen today
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,475 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on , by C Summers of Manning, South Carolina.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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