Category Archives: Revolutionary War

The Ring Fight and the Emergence of Andrew Pickens

While the Second Continental Congress met in the early summer of 1776, colonists in the far away backcountry of South Carolina faced a threat from a perennial foe, the Cherokees. While delegates debated a declaration of independence, war parties struck … Continue reading

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“I Have not Yet Begun to Fight!” or Words to that Effect (September 23, 1779)

John Paul Jones’ Most Famous Fight and a Motto that May not be Accurate Continue reading

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Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban

Sebastien Le Prestre de Vauban, Seigneur de Vauban, and finally Marquis de Vauban, as one of his biographies begins, is probably not a household name to many enthusiasts of American history. Especially since he died on March 30, 1707 and … Continue reading

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“De Kalb has died, as he has lived, the unconquered friend of liberty”

On this date in 1780, Johann von Robias, Baron de Kalb, died of wounds received three days earlier during the Battle of Camden, South Carolina. de Kalb, born on June 19, 1721 in the Principality of Bayreuth, was in charge … Continue reading

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“Gentlemen, what is best to be done?” Gates Moves Towards Camden and Makes a Fateful Decision

Picking up the story of Camden from Thursday morning, we continue with Col. Otho Holland Williams comments on the events on the evening of August 15th. As Gates’ army moved southward at night, a dangerous undertaking even with a professional … Continue reading

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“troops will observe the profoundest silence upon the march…” Gen. Gates’ Orders on August 15, 1780

Two hundred and thirty nine years ago today from his camp at Rugeley’s Mill, SC, American General Horatio Gates issued the following orders to his Southern Army to move on to the British post of Camden, SC. “The sick, the … Continue reading

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Southside Revolutionary Virginia 1775 Tour – October 12, 2019

From our friends at the American Revolution Round Table of Richmond  Tour Leader –  Dr. Patrick H. (Pat) Hannum, Professor, Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University, Lt Col USMC (Ret) This tour will visit three critically important Revolutionary War sites, … Continue reading

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