Near Tamassee in Oconee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Erected 2006 by the Oconee Arts and Historical Commission and the Walhalla Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list.
Location. 34° 52.98′ N, 83° 2.91′ W. Marker is near Tamassee, South Carolina, in Oconee County. Marker is at the intersection of Tamassee Knob Road (State Highway S-37-95) and Cheohee Valley Road (State Highway S37-375), on the right when traveling east on Tamassee Knob Road. Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tamassee DAR School (approx. 1.8 miles away); Oconee Station / Oconee County (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Cherokee Path (approx. 3.1 miles away); Oconee Town (approx. 3.1 miles away); Cherokee Boundary (1777) (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Oconee Waterwheel (approx. 3.4 miles away); Oconee State Park (approx. 3.4 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps Monument (approx. 3˝ miles away).
More about this marker. The "Ring Fight" marker was moved to the left side of Cheohee Valley Road if you are driving from Highway 11. It is just past the "Tamassee Town" marker...maybe a half a mile in a shaded area facing and visible from Cheohee Valley Road.
Regarding Tamassee Town. After the Cherokees attacked several settlements along the frontier and killed many settlers in July 1776, the S.C. militia, under the command Major Andrew Williamson, was sent to destroy the Lower Cherokee towns in northwestern South Carolina.
While leading a small force of about 25 men to burn the Lower Town of Tamassee, Captain Andrew Pickens' detachment was surrounded in an open field by a large Cherokee force, estimated at over 150 warriors. The militiamen formed a small circle and fired out in relays at the surrounding Indians in what came to be called the "Ring Fight." Pickens won the fight after being reinforced.
This marker was erected by local organizations using text other than originally coordinated
Also see . . . Article in Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution, Jan-Mar 2007. On page 18 of this issue is historical information about Gen. Andrew Pickens – The Fighting Frontiersman – The Fighting Elder Skyagusta - The Wizard Owl [1739 – 1812]. Included is a picture, regrettably unreadable, of the marker in picture 2. (Submitted on February 17, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 9, 2010, by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,531 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on July 1, 2020, by Jonathan Christopher Monroe of Tamassee, South Carolina. Photos: 1. submitted on February 13, 2010, by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina. 2, 3. submitted on February 17, 2010, by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina. 4. submitted on July 1, 2020, by Jonathan Christopher Monroe of Tamassee, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.