The Spring Branch, running north - south, was the main water supply for the inhabitants of Ninety Six. It was especially important during the Siege of Ninety Six. Without it, life would struggle to exist. After years of erosion the branch has sunken far below ground level and is rarely full. However, during the American Revolution, the water probably flowed more freely and clearer.
The water flowing in the Spring Branch during 1781 was coveted by the loyalists and refugees during the hot summer months of May and June. General Nathanael Greene, commander of the Continental Army in the South, recognized the significance of this water source and posted riflemen to guard it from enemy access.