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"THE NINETY-SIX DISTRICT AND ITS ROLE IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR"


TUESDAY - MAY 14, 2024

7:00 P.M.


LAURENS COUNTY MUSEUM

116 SOUTH PUBLIC SQUARE

LAURENS, SC 29360


MAGNOLIA ROOM


SUGGESTED DONATIONS - FREE TO MUSEUM MEMBERS


Historian and Battlefield Preservationist Durant Ashmore will speak on “The Ninety-Six District and Its Role In The Revolutionary War”.  From May 22, 1781 to June 18, 1781, Continental Army Major General Nathanael Greene led thousands of troops in a siege against five hundred fifty Loyalists led by British Lieutenant Colonel John Harris Cruger in Ninety Six, South Carolina. 

 

Ninety-Six was crucial for the defense of the Northwest portion of the State and the most strategically positioned in South Carolina after Camden. The Loyalists withdrew and burned the Town as they left.  Through Greene’s continued operations in the Carolinas proved essential to the overall American victory in the War.


Ninety-Six District was a former Judicial District South Carolina from July 29, 1769 to December 31, 1799. The boundaries during this era included Abbeville McCormick, Edgefield, Saluda, Greenwood, Laurens, Union and Spartanburg Counties.  The 1785 Act caused division of those counties into individual Counties and in January of 1800, the Ninety-Six District was abolished and further divided into Counties.




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