Ninety Six in the American Revolution Historical

Ninety Six in the American Revolution Historical (HM1T02)

Location: Ninety Six, SC 29666 Greenwood County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 8.81', W 82° 1.397'

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The War in the Southern Colonies

Ninety Six played a significant role in the struggle for American independence from British rule. It was the site of the first southern land battle of the Revolutionary War, in 1775, and the scene of its longest field siege, in 1781. Early in the war the British focused on conquering the North. However, they turned their gaze to the South after suffering setbacks in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia.The colonies of Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina provided cash crops, including rice, indigo and tobacco, to markets in England. Because of this critical economic tie, many southern colonists remained loyal to British rule. They were called "Loyalists." The British Army recruited these Loyalists to help them fight the American revolutionaries called "Patriots," who wanted independence. The battles fought at Ninety Six were between Loyalists and Patriots, all of whom were born on American soil.The British found that the South was not so easily won. Here in the backcountry of South Carolina residents changed alliances frequently — siding with the Loyalists when it seemed to their advantage but supporting the Patriots when they felt oppressed by British rule. At Ninety Six the town was firmly in the hands of the Patriots in 1775, but became Loyalist territory by 1780, just before the siege of Ninety
This marker is at center with the Logan log house to its rear. As of 2016, the markers at this location have been repositioned.Six took place on these grounds.Emerging victorious in the southern battles of Kings Mountain and Cowpens, the Patriots held their ground and pushed the British northward, forcing their surrender at Yorktown in October, 1781. But the war did not end immediately. Bloody battles of revenge between Patriots and Loyalists consumed areas of South Carolina, until a final peace treaty was signed between the United States and Britain in 1783.
HM NumberHM1T02
Placed ByNational Park Service: Ninety Six National Historical Site
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Date Added Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 405663 N 3778909
Decimal Degrees34.14683333, -82.02328333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 8.81', W 82° 1.397'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 8' 48.6" N, 82° 1' 23.82" W
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Area Code(s)864
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Star Fort, Ninety Six SC 29666, US
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