I. Ninety Six

End Game

Ninety Six was a small frontier town near Greenwood, South Carolina—an essential part of the geography of British strongholds designed to seal off Charleston and the low country from French, Spanish, and Indian attack. At the “Star Fort”  in Ninety Six, a band of loyalists held their ground, waiting to see what would happen.  

On May 21, 1781, General Greene and approximately a thousand troops, marched south towards Ninety-Six, to lay “siege” to the Star Fort.  It is was the longest field siege of The American Revolution.  It lasted 28 days.

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About The Southern Campaign
About The Southern Campaign

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The Southern Campaign of the American Revolution, picks up the story after the fall of Charleston in 1780. After catastrophes at The Waxhaws and Camden, victories in battles and skirmishes such as...
The Southern Campaign - Ninety Six: The End Game
The Southern Campaign - Ninety Six: The End Game

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The Revolutionary War in the South laid the groundwork for the eventual Patriot victory at Yorktown. There were many battles with both successes and defeats. Students will be asked to explore each...

Ninety Six: End Game | The Southern Campaign
Ninety Six: End Game | The Southern Campaign

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Ninety Six was a small frontier town near Greenwood, South Carolina—an essential part of the geography of British strongholds designed to seal off Charleston and the low country from French, Spanish...
General Nathanael Greene | Ninety Six
General Nathanael Greene | Ninety Six

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Even though General Nathaniel Greene's army suffered a defeat at the hands of General Cornwallis at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, Greene's army was largely still intact. Cornwallis moved his army...
The British "Star Fort" | Ninety Six
The British "Star Fort" | Ninety Six

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The British fort, or "redoubt" at Ninety Six was nick-named "The Star Fort," due to the shape of the stronghold. The "star fort" provided an effective defensive position, built adjacent to the town of...
Colonel Thaddeus Kosciuszko | Ninety Six
Colonel Thaddeus Kosciuszko | Ninety Six

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Colonel Thaddeus Kosciuszko was a Polish–Lithuanian military engineer and a military leader who became a national hero in Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, and the United States. During the Siege of Ninety...

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Teaching with Historic Places through the National Parks Service offers a series of more than 160 classroom-ready lesson plans (7 specifically for SC) that use historic sites as a means for exploring...