Fort Dorchester


Revolutionary War Image

Fort Dorchester was built on the Ashly River of South Carolina in 1757. The construction was of “tabby,” a concrete-like mixture of sand, oyster shells and lime. During the American Revolution the fort failed to secure the nearby community of 17th century Dorchester from the British, who overran the fort and occupied and sacked the town in 1780.

Fort Dorchester was commanded by Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox”, of South Carolina. These are the ruins of a powder magazine which once stood within. The ruins are Fort Dorchester are located near present day Summerville.

The image, Fort Dorchester, was originally uploaded at Flickr by barefootboatnik. It is posted here by barneykin, administrator of “The Revolution flickred” pool.(13)

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One Response to Fort Dorchester

  1. Bobby Bunch says:

    Ben,

    All the preceeding were articles which I thought would be of interest to you.

    This particular one is where I learned to swim. The fort is on the eastern bank of the Ashley River and is five miles from my home.
    We use to camp inside the fort and swim in the river on weekends when we were a tad bit younger.

    The Fort is in remarkable condition today. Just waiting for you to come see.

    Bobby

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