Simply Revolutionary

Simply Revolutionary

The Revolutionary War Visitor Center is the gateway for the story of the Southern Campaign.

Operating as usual

Photos from Simply Revolutionary's post 11/08/2021

Covey the Boykin Spaniel saw some cold weather this weekend.

11/07/2021

Our new Liberty Tree!

Our new Liberty Tree!

Community honors de Kalb with statue unveiling 11/05/2021

Community honors de Kalb with statue unveiling

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Community honors de Kalb with statue unveiling Hundreds of people attended two events on Sunday afternoon to honor German Maj. Gen. Baron Johann de Kalb, who fought for Colonial forces during and died as a result of the Battle of Camden during the American Revolutionary War.

Simply Revolutionary updated their business hours. 11/05/2021

Simply Revolutionary updated their business hours.

Simply Revolutionary updated their business hours.

Simply Revolutionary updated their business hours. 11/05/2021

Simply Revolutionary updated their business hours.

Simply Revolutionary updated their business hours.

11/03/2021

Covey is making a Grateful/Thankful Tree this November. What are you thankful for? Tell us and we’ll add it to the tree. @covey_theboykinspaniel

Covey is making a Grateful/Thankful Tree this November. What are you thankful for? Tell us and we’ll add it to the tree. @covey_theboykinspaniel

October 2021 Newsletter 10/30/2021

October 2021 Newsletter

October 2021 Newsletter It’s hard to believe that the Revolutionary War Visitor Center has been open for over two months!  It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming our very first visitors.   August 13 was a fabulous opening day and we were very pleased that so many of you were able to come out and enjoy the Rev ...

George Washington and the First Mandatory Immunization - Journal of the American Revolution 10/26/2021

George Washington and the First Mandatory Immunization - Journal of the American Revolution

George Washington and the First Mandatory Immunization - Journal of the American Revolution The debate over mandatory vaccination for Covid-19 has led to many articles referring to how George Washington handled a similar issue, this one involving...

Baron de Kalb statue unveiling, October 10, 2021 10/22/2021

Baron de Kalb statue unveiling, October 10, 2021

If you missed our Facebook Live ceremony, here's the video of our unveiling ceremony. Thank you to everyone who came out, helped out, and allowed us to honor this man who gave so much for our independence.

Baron de Kalb statue unveiling, October 10, 2021 The ceremony for the unveiling of a statue of Baron Johann de Kalb, hero of the Battle of Camden, at the Revolutionary War Visitor Center at Camden, SC.

A Citizen of the World 10/20/2021

A Citizen of the World

A Citizen of the World    The air was stifling on the morning of August 16, 1780. It was made worse by the acrid smoke from the musket and artillery fire that hung low under the canopy of tall, Long Leaf pines …

Photos from German Embassy Washington's post 10/14/2021

Photos from German Embassy Washington's post

10/11/2021
10/11/2021

Baron de Kalb

Baron de Kalb

10/10/2021

Thank you to John Beakes and Maria Kirby-Smith for the Baron!

Thank you to John Beakes and Maria Kirby-Smith for the Baron!

10/10/2021

Ceremony for the unveiling of our new statue, Baron Johan de Kalb.

10/09/2021

The first story would be a good #NetflixDocumentary. The second story needs a #NetflixSeries …

On this Date (October 9)

1780: Skirmish on Black River Road: Brig Gen Francis Marion began the first of several attacks against the British in Georgetown. The advance party of Lt Col Horry engaged Maj Micajah Gainey's Tories about two miles from town in a running skirmish. When BG Marion entered Georgetown, the Loyalists were well fortified in a redoubt around the brick jail. BG Marion determined the fortificaton too strong and reteated. During the Black River Road skirmish, Loyalist Maj Gainey rode toward Georgetown with Patriot Sgt McDonald chasing him. Sgt McDonald got close enough to bayonet Gainey but the bayonet pulled loose from his rifle. Gainey continued to the British line with the bayonet buried in his back. Maj Gainey survived the injury and fought in many more battles.

1781: Patriot Lt John Talbird's House Burned: Patriot Lt John Talbird was wounded when Tories invaded Hilton Head Island. The Tories had orders to burn everything, marched to Talbird's home finding his wife in the front yard. Mrs. Talbird pregnant and expecting any time recognized the Tory leader as her brother-in-law. The Tory commander ordered Talbird's slaves and some of his Tories to remove all the contents of the home to an oak tree 100 yards away. Once removed, the house was burned and the slaves taken by the British to be sold in the West Indies. Some of the Talbird's slaves were in the field and hid from the British. They then built a log cabin with a thatch palmetto roof where Mrs. Talbird gave birth to a son on 19 Oct 1781. The Talbird oak tree still stands today.

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Kings Mountain: The Turn of the Tide of Success | The Southern Campaign 10/08/2021

Kings Mountain: The Turn of the Tide of Success | The Southern Campaign

Kings Mountain: The Turn of the Tide of Success | The Southern Campaign Kings Mountain is a rocky wooded hill on the border of North and South Carolina. On October 7, 1780, a thousand patriots surrounded and attacked the British ...

10/08/2021

Y’all like the painting or digital version of South Carolinian, Lt Col John Laurens?

10/07/2021

On this Date (October 6)

1780: Lt Col Ferguson withdraws to Kings Mountain: When Lt Col Ferguson sent out his threat to the back woodsmen, it backfired and unified them. Ferguson learned that a 1000+ force left the Watauga Settlement looking for him, so he withdrew to Kings Mountain on October 6th to what he thought was an impregnable position.

1780: While in Hillsborough, North Carolina, Gov John Rutledge appointed Thomas Sumter as Brigadier General of Militia, and he began forming his brigade in the "New Acquisition" District (present-day York and part of Cherokee counties).

Painting: Thomas Sumter by Rembrandt Peale (1795)

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10/05/2021

The Baron is here!! Join us this Sunday, October 10, at 2:30 for his unveiling. See you then!

The Baron is here!! Join us this Sunday, October 10, at 2:30 for his unveiling. See you then!

Simply Revolutionary updated their business hours. 10/02/2021

Simply Revolutionary updated their business hours.

Simply Revolutionary updated their business hours.

10/02/2021

Please join us! Sunday, October 10th at 2:30 for this special event.

Please join us! Sunday, October 10th at 2:30 for this special event.

10/01/2021

What a wonderful resource for history buffs, genealogists, and educators.

We would like to highlight the outstanding work at revwarapps.org. There, one can read 27,218 Revolutionary War pension statements!

Here are the pension statements by brothers, Mathew and Solomon Abbott:

On Oct, 1, 1835, Solomon Abbott personally appeared in court testifying he served nearly 2 years on the Patriot side. He entered service as a private in Spartanburg District a few weeks after the Battle of Kings Mountain. He was engaged in several skirmishes against Indians and Tories. He was led by Capt Dennis Trammel, Lt John Lawson, Col John Thomas, Gen Andrew Pickens, Gen Nathanael Greene. He was discharged Sept 4, 1781.

http://revwarapps.org/s17806.pdf

On Nov 12, 1850, Solomon made an oath that his brother, Mathew, served under Gen Andrew Pickens in the Cherokee Nation in 1780 or 1781 for about 19 days and in Sept 1781 with Gen Pickens and Gen Robert Anderson for 6 weeks. Mathew was approved for $60 dollars per year.

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10/01/2021

On this Date (October 1)

1780: Patriot Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Greene, "The Fighting Quaker" assumes command of the Southern Army at Charlotte, NC.

1780: Patriot Capt Morris Murphy went to the home of a noted Tory named Blackman. Murphy whipped Blackman with 200 lashes to learn where his Tory sons were. Gideon Gibson, a free mulatto and uncle of Murphy questioned his treatment of Blackman. Gibson made one last challenging comment and Murphy shot him dead. Read more about Gibson: https://scnow.com/news/local/mural-brings-gideon-gibsons-legacy-to-the-florence-judicial-center/article_0cfc03b3-71ef-56a2-a95d-81e94eb80b71.html

1780: Skirmish at Floyd's Fort: Col Matthew Floyd, a Loyalist from York County, fortified a log building on King's Creek. Col John Moffit's Patriot militia surprised the Loyalists at Floyd's Fort at daybreak. Moffit's men killed three Loyalist officers and five others, badly wounding sixteen. When the Loyalists fled, they left all of their supplies, powder, rifles, swords and other equipment.

1781: Skirmish at Swancey's Ferry (Creek): Skirmish involving Loyalist Major “Bloody Bill” Cunningham. Nothing more known.

1781: Skirmish at Vince's Fort: Vince's Fort was an outpost on Steel Creek guarded by Capt Joseph Vince and eighty (80) militiamen. It was located on" the Three Runs", a branch of the Savannah River. A guard detail of fourteen men was attacked by a larger group of Loyalists. One of Capt Vince's men was killed, but they were able to drive the Loyalists away.

1782: Skirmish at Saltketcher Swamp: Capt John Carter took his Volunteer Scout men to Dean's Swamp. Their mission was to break up an assembly of Loyalists. On their way, at Saltketcher Swamp, they were ambushed by a 25-man group of Loyalists, commanded by Capt Tenison Cheshire. Despite several casualties, the Patriots were able to drive the Loyalists into the swamp. Exact location unknown.

1782: Raid to capture British horses: Col Thaddues Kosciusko led a group of Patriot raiders in a raid on the British on James Island. The Patriots successfully captured 48 horses from the British.

Picture: A mural by Robert Garey depicting Gibson’s stand against the British is the centerpiece of a three-painting mural in the rotunda of the Florence Co Judicial Center.

Photos from Rep. Neal Collins's post 10/01/2021

Great news!

09/30/2021

Thank you South Carolina 250!

On this Date (September 28)

1775: Skirmish at Cumming's Point: 30 Patriots attempted to go to Cumming’s Point in 3 canoes. The Sloop HMS Tamar moved to intercept them. However, the wind died & the HMS Tamar beached on a sandbar. Capt Thornborough used the anchor & kedge to haul the ship into a better wind & came within range of the Patriots. He fired 6-pounders with round shot & the Patriots quickly reversed course. HMS Tamar harassed Patriots building forts around Charleston.

1780: Francis Marion attacks Black Mingo Creek (Shepherd’Ferry/Dillard’s “Red House” Tavern) near present-day Hemingway:

On Sept 24, Col Francis Marion & his men finally rode out of the White Marsh in Bladen County, NC, where they had been since around Sept 8. They reached Kingston (now Conway) on the evening of Sept 25 & encamped along the Waccamaw River. The next morning (9/26), they remounted & slowly entered the Little P*e Dee Swamp, then crossed the Little P*e Dee River. On Sept 28, late in the afternoon, they reached Port's Ferry & crossed the Great P*e Dee River in flatboats & rode on to Witherspoon's Ferry.

As the sun set they crossed Lynches Creek, where they were met by Capt John James, Jr., Capt Henry Mouzon & about 20 more militiamen. Capt John James, Jr. relayed exciting news - Col John Coming Ball & a small contingent of Loyalists were still encamped near Shepherd's Ferry on the west side of Black Mingo Creek at Red House, a tavern run by Patrick Dollard.

As Col Marion's horsemen crossed the Willtown Bridge just before midnight on the 28th, a mile from the Loyalist camp, the planks began to rumble. The noise carried down Black Mingo Creek, and one of Col Ball's sentries fired an alarm gun. Col Marion heard the gunshot & rode hard towards Dollard's Tavern on Black Mingo Creek, where Col. Ball & most of his Loyalist Militia were gathered for a tankard of ale.

Col Marion's men dismounted at 300 yards & decided to launch a frontal assault into the tavern. Col Marion sent his cavalry to the left of Dollard's Red House & Lt Col Hugh Horry with some of the infantry to the right flank. Col Ball roused his men at the sound of the gunshot & rushed them out into the open field west of the tavern. This was unexpected by Col Marion, as he guessed that Col Ball would fight from within the tavern. As Lt. Col. Horry's infantry charged through the field, Col. Ball commanded his men to fire, and Lt. Col. Horry's men were now only thirty yards away when the volley hit them. Three of his officers fell, Capt. George Logan killed, and Capt. Henry Mouzon and Lt. John Scott severely wounded.

Capt. John James, Jr. rallied the rest of the men and stopped the onslaught. The rest of Col. Marion's men crept forward, loading and firing at every moving shadow. When Capt. John Waties moved up on the right with his men and skirted Red House, the Loyalists broke and ran into the Black Mingo Swamp. The battle only lasted fifteen minutes. Col. Marion captured the enemy's guns, ammunition, baggage, and horses, including Col. Ball's own horse, which Col. Marion chose for himself and renamed Ball.

Another version, which asserts this skirmish took place on September 14th (kinda hard to happen since Marion and his men were in Bladen County, NC on that date), has a slightly different story and a much higher casualty number. (Unfortunately, then, the marker is dated incorrectly.)

Thank you www.carolana.com for the Black Mingo summary.

News & Events Archives - SC Archives & History Foundation 09/30/2021

News & Events Archives - SC Archives & History Foundation

3rd Annual South Carolina and the American Revolution Symposium, scheduled for December 4, 2021 - an awesome opportunity to learn more about the Revolution in SC. Can't wait!

News & Events Archives - SC Archives & History Foundation August 13, 2021Virtual Fall Speaker Series 2021Join the South Carolina Archives & History Foundation for our Spring Speaker Series. The three-part lecture is free for members of the SCAHF and $5.00 per lecture for non-members.These programs will be held virtually using Webex. Noon – 1:00 PM Speake...

09/30/2021

On this Date (September 28)

1775: Skirmish at Cumming's Point: 30 Patriots attempted to go to Cumming’s Point in 3 canoes. The Sloop HMS Tamar moved to intercept them. However, the wind died & the HMS Tamar beached on a sandbar. Capt Thornborough used the anchor & kedge to haul the ship into a better wind & came within range of the Patriots. He fired 6-pounders with round shot & the Patriots quickly reversed course. HMS Tamar harassed Patriots building forts around Charleston.

1780: Francis Marion attacks Black Mingo Creek (Shepherd’Ferry/Dillard’s “Red House” Tavern) near present-day Hemingway:

On Sept 24, Col Francis Marion & his men finally rode out of the White Marsh in Bladen County, NC, where they had been since around Sept 8. They reached Kingston (now Conway) on the evening of Sept 25 & encamped along the Waccamaw River. The next morning (9/26), they remounted & slowly entered the Little P*e Dee Swamp, then crossed the Little P*e Dee River. On Sept 28, late in the afternoon, they reached Port's Ferry & crossed the Great P*e Dee River in flatboats & rode on to Witherspoon's Ferry.

As the sun set they crossed Lynches Creek, where they were met by Capt John James, Jr., Capt Henry Mouzon & about 20 more militiamen. Capt John James, Jr. relayed exciting news - Col John Coming Ball & a small contingent of Loyalists were still encamped near Shepherd's Ferry on the west side of Black Mingo Creek at Red House, a tavern run by Patrick Dollard.

As Col Marion's horsemen crossed the Willtown Bridge just before midnight on the 28th, a mile from the Loyalist camp, the planks began to rumble. The noise carried down Black Mingo Creek, and one of Col Ball's sentries fired an alarm gun. Col Marion heard the gunshot & rode hard towards Dollard's Tavern on Black Mingo Creek, where Col. Ball & most of his Loyalist Militia were gathered for a tankard of ale.

Col Marion's men dismounted at 300 yards & decided to launch a frontal assault into the tavern. Col Marion sent his cavalry to the left of Dollard's Red House & Lt Col Hugh Horry with some of the infantry to the right flank. Col Ball roused his men at the sound of the gunshot & rushed them out into the open field west of the tavern. This was unexpected by Col Marion, as he guessed that Col Ball would fight from within the tavern. As Lt. Col. Horry's infantry charged through the field, Col. Ball commanded his men to fire, and Lt. Col. Horry's men were now only thirty yards away when the volley hit them. Three of his officers fell, Capt. George Logan killed, and Capt. Henry Mouzon and Lt. John Scott severely wounded.

Capt. John James, Jr. rallied the rest of the men and stopped the onslaught. The rest of Col. Marion's men crept forward, loading and firing at every moving shadow. When Capt. John Waties moved up on the right with his men and skirted Red House, the Loyalists broke and ran into the Black Mingo Swamp. The battle only lasted fifteen minutes. Col. Marion captured the enemy's guns, ammunition, baggage, and horses, including Col. Ball's own horse, which Col. Marion chose for himself and renamed Ball.

Another version, which asserts this skirmish took place on September 14th (kinda hard to happen since Marion and his men were in Bladen County, NC on that date), has a slightly different story and a much higher casualty number. (Unfortunately, then, the marker is dated incorrectly.)

Thank you www.carolana.com for the Black Mingo summary.

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Revolutionary War Visitor Center at Camden
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