James Birmingham


Patriot James Birmingham?

Ninety Six National Historic Site

James Birmingham, of the Long Cane Militia, is considered to have been the 1st Patriot killed in the South during the American Revolution. Not much is known about him other than he might have lived on Penny's Creek off of Long Cane Creek in present AbbevilleCounty. He was killed during the 1st Battle of Ninety Six at the Stockade Fort, November 19-21, 1775.

In 1972, human remains were found at the Stockade Fort by Stanley South of the University of South Carolina's Institute of Archeology and Anthropology. Further investigation still needs to be done to determine if the picture above really is of Patriot James Birmingham. The skeleton is currently stored at the Institute of Archeology and Anthropology in Columbia, South Carolina.

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