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Civil War Trust

Fort Fair Lawn Revolutionary War Tour


Walking Level: Moderate

Tour Description: The most significant British outpost between Charles Town and Camden, Fort Fair Lawn protected the British troop maneuvers, deployment, and communication lines through South Carolina. It was involved in the British attack led by Lt. Colonel Banastre Tarleton against South Carolina General Isaac Huger in the April 14, 1780, Battle for Moncks Corner as part of the British capture of Charles Town. In late-August through mid-September 1781, Fair Lawn was a key post for assembling and recovery from the Battle of Eutaw Springs. Brigadier General Francis Marion, Lt. Colonel Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee, and Captain Wade Hampton harassed the British post in the week following the British retreat from the Eutaws. On November 17, 1781, Marion’s men attacked Fort Fair Lawn and the nearby Colleton Castle, the fortified home of the Loyalist family, resulting in the capture of three hundred stands of arms, other stores, and 150 prisoners. Today, this earthworks redoubt is in remarkable condition with the parapet walls extending to two meters tall, and surrounding moat, two meters across and one meter deep, still present. Sunday’s tour will visit this authentic redoubt which survives on private property and is not open to the public.

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