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The Siege of Savage’s Old Fields – November 19-21, 1775
November 19 @ 8:00 am - November 21 @ 5:00 pm
An event every year that begins at 8:00 am on day 19 of November, repeating indefinitely
The first major conflict in South Carolina in the war, having been preceded by bloodless seizures of several military fortifications in the province, the siege of Savage’s Old Fields (also known as the first siege of Ninety Six) was an encounter between Patriot and Loyalist forces in the back country town of Ninety Six, South Carolina, early in the American Revolutionary War. Patriot forces under the command of Major Andrew Williamson had been dispatched to the area to recover a shipment of gunpowder and ammunition intended for the Cherokees that had been seized by Loyalists. Williamson’s force, numbering over 500, established a stockaded fort near Ninety Six, where it was surrounded by some 1,900 Loyalists.
Because the war was in its early days and the partisan war in the southern back country had not become as brutal as it would be later in the war, the siege was conducted desultorily, and was effectively a stalemate. After two days the Loyalists withdrew, having lost four killed and 20 wounded to one Patriot killed and 12 wounded. The Patriots also withdrew toward the coast, but a major Patriot expedition not long after resulted in the arrest or flight of most of the Loyalist leadership.