The Siege of Fort Motte was a military operation during the American Revolutionary War. A force of Patriot (American Revolution)|Patriots led by General Francis Marion|Francis "Swamp Fox" Marion and Lt. Colonel Henry Lee III|"Light Horse" Harry Lee set out to capture the Kingdom of Great Britain|British post at Fort Motte, strategically located at the confluence of the Congaree River|Congaree and Wateree Rivers. The fort was not much more than a mansion owned by the Motte family, but was garrisoned by roughly 175 British soldiers under Lt. Daniel McPherson.
Marion and Lee learned that Lord Rawdon was retreating towards Fort Motte in the aftermath of the Battle of Hobkirk's Hill. The Americans forces invested the place on May 8 and wished to capture the fort before Rawdon arrived. Two days later, Marion called for the British to surrender and McPherson refused. The next day, Colonel Lee informed Mrs. Motte that he intended to burn the mansion down to force the British out. On May 12, 1781, the American forces had entrenched themselves close enough to the mansion they were able to hit the roof with flaming arrows. Mrs Motte, a Patriot, not only accepted Lee's plan, but offered up her own set of bow and arrows. Marion's artillery fire added to the desperation of the British and, by one o'clock that afternoon, Lt. McPherson surrendered the garrison to the Patriots.
Date May 8–12, 1781 Location Fort Motte, South Carolina Result American victory
- Brig. Gen. Francis (The Swamp Fox) Marion
- "Major General" Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, III
- Lord Rawdon