"Light Horse Harry" Lee Takes the Stockade Fort

"Light Horse Harry" Lee Takes the Stockade Fort (HM7AU)

Location: Ninety Six, SC 29666 Greenwood County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 8.682', W 82° 1.379'

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June 12, 1781

You are standing in a partial reconstruction of the Stockade Fort as it appeared in 1781. Archaeologists have identified remnants — see the outlines — of log buildings that existed here. An elevated firing step, called a banquette, was located at the base of the palisade wall. Step up to the banquette before you and peer through the vertical wooden posts. This is the view Loyalist soldiers had as they stood guard over the town of Ninety Six.

In June 1781, while General Greene's tired troops laid siege to the Star Fort on the north side of town, Patriot Lieutenant Colonel Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee and his Continental troops arrived here on the west side of Ninety Six to lend support.

Accompanying Lee was Brigadier General Andrew Pickens, commanding 400 South Carolina militiamen. Lieutenant Colonel Lee's mission was to capture this Loyalists stronghold for the Patriots. His initial attempt did not succeed.

At noon on June 18, as part of Greene's final assault on the Star Fort, Lee's men attacked here again. This time they easily breached the stockade walls, but their success was short-lived. Greene's failure to take the Star Fort forced all Patriot troops to make a swift exit from Ninety Six before British reinforcements arrived.
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HM NumberHM7AU
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Year Placed2009
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 11:33am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 405688 N 3778672
Decimal Degrees34.14470000, -82.02298333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 8.682', W 82° 1.379'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 8' 40.92" N, 82° 1' 22.74" W
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Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 204 Star Fort, Ninety Six SC 29666, US
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