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Star Fort

1103 Highway 248 S
Ninety Six, SC 29666
United States

Built by Loyalist soldiers and slaves from nearby plantations, the Star Fort was constructed between December 1780 and early 1781 outside of Ninety Six, South Carolina. Because of the terrain outside the town, Loyalist engineer Lt. Henry Haldane thought the eight-point star would be better suited to defend the area instead of a more traditional square fort. From May to June of 1781, Patriot General Nathanael Greene besieged the vital South Carolina post of Ninety Six; however, he was unable to capture the fort or the garrison.