This Little-Known Lone Grave In South Carolina Has A Remarkable Backstory

The first Southern land battle of the Revolutionary War was fought in the back country of South Carolina when a three-day battle broke out on November 19, 1775. Nearly 200 years later, as archaeologists and historians excavated the area within the outlines of the Williamson Fort at Ninety Six, they made a grim discovery: a lone skeleton found in one corner of where the structure would have stood two centuries earlier.

(Editor note: we have significantly blurred an original photo below which depicts the actual remains found during the excavation. If you’d like to see the original photo posted on the National Park Service website, you may do so here.)

Ninety Six National Historic Site is located at 1103 SC-248, Ninety Six, SC 29666. Learn more, including the hours of operation for the visitors center, the park, and the Star Fort Pond, at this link on the official website of the National Park Service. To learn about the many upcoming events at this historic site, follow their Facebook page.