Disrupting British Supply LinesAssigned to hold all of eastern South Carolina but with only a small force at his disposal, Col. John Watson needed to build a fort to protect the vital transportation corridor between Charleston and Camden, the British inland headquarters. The spot he chose was a forty-foot-high, flat-topped pyramid ~ a religious and political center abandoned a few decades earlier by the Santee Indians ~ that overlooked both the Santee River and the main Charleston-Camden road. With a wooden palisade on top of the earthen pyramid and three rows of abatis ~ sharp stakes pointed outward to defend against an attack ~ on its slopes, Fort Watson commanded the surrounding lowlands.
|Placed By||Francis Marion Trail Commission of Francis Marion University|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 1:51pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 553249 N 3710227|
|Decimal Degrees||33.53031667, -80.42651667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 33° 31.819', W 80° 25.591'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||33° 31' 49.14" N, 80° 25' 35.46" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 3101-3299 Fort Watson Rd, Summerton SC 29148, US|
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