By June 10, the third parallel was completed. It was the longest (280 feet) and most important piece to the success of the siege. It was in the shape of an "M" or "W." This placed Greene's troops just yards away from the enemy inside the Star Fort. Gen. Greene was ready to give up; progress was slow and Greene struggled to get the manpower he needed. Then Greene got some more bad news-- A British relief column of 2,000 fresh troops began marching towards Ninety Six. Greene ordered Francis Marion and Thomas Sumter to stall the enemy advance but the same news encouraged the Loyalists. Greene feared getting trapped and either had to end the siege or launch a premature assault. Greene was forced to make a decision.
Online Tour Stop 9 - 3rd Parallel
Last updated: April 14, 2015