The Mine

The Mine (HM78H)

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

N 34° 8.778', W 82° 1.143'

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Begun June 9, 1781

"We shall be in the ditch of the enemies works by tomorrow night or early morning; and the powder is wanting to blow up the works. I beg you will send the powder the moment this reaches you."
General Nathanael Greene to General Andrew Pickens, June 11, 1781

Now that the Patriots were in striking distance of the fort walls, Kosciuszko decided to use another classic siege tactic — a mine. The plan was simple. Gunpowder packed in the mine's primary tunnel would be detonated, causing a breach, which would allow Greene's men to rush into the fort from nearby approach trenches.

Using picks and shovels to carve out the hard earth, laborers began to dig the main shaft on June 9. Progress in the late spring heat and under constant Loyalist fire was painfully slow.

The Star Fort siege ended before Kosciuszko's mine could prove its worth. Learning that the Loyalists were getting reinforcements, Greene called off the effort, and digging stopped short of the fort's ditch.

The cone-shaped earthen passage with no beams ot supports, ran 125 feet from end to end, and is a unique example of Revolutionary War-era mine construction. The mine is one of the few remaining earthworks of the Revolutionary War. It is not accessible to visitors.
HM NumberHM78H
Year Placed2009
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 6:12pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 406052 N 3778846
Decimal Degrees34.14630000, -82.01905000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 8.778', W 82° 1.143'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 8' 46.68" N, 82° 1' 8.58" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20202 Star Fort, Ninety Six SC 29666, US
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