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Fort Rutledge

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109 Daniel Drive
Clemson, SC 29634


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A monument to the American Revolution fort that was on this site

"Seneca Town" was one of several Cherokee communities. In 1776 Major Andrew Williamson's South Carolina militia, on a raid against these communities, was ambushed by Loyalists and Cherokees nearby. The eventual Patriot victory was also notable for the death of Francis Salvador, the first Jewish Patriot killed during the Revolution. Soon after, Williamson returned to build Fort Rutledge in honor of then President John Rutledge. The fort and its 300 man garrison surrendered to the Loyalists in 1780. The Daughters of the American Revolution erected a concrete monument in 1908.