Calendar of Events

Please submit items to post upcoming Southern Campaigns programs and events of interest to Revolutionary War researchers and history buffs.  Before you go, always call ahead to confirm events and admission policies.  SCAR does not sponsor or endorse any event listed except those specifically stated below.

April 28, 2017 — Spartanburg, SC — join the Spartanburg County Historical Association for another of their Lunch & Learn programs Presenting Daniel Morgan! presented by Ron Swain and featuring Brad Steinecke who tell the story of the Cowpens Centennial Celebration and Spartanburg’s monument to General Daniel Morgan and the victors of the Battle of Cowpens.  12:30 pm at the Callie and John Rainey Conference Room in the west wing of Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East Saint John Street.  For more information visit http://www.spartanburghistory.org/calendar/2017/4/28/lunch-learn-presenting-daniel-morgan-by-ron-swain or   contact info@spartanburghistory.org

April 29, 2017 — Camden, SC — meet historian, author, and SCAR Fellow, Prof. Jim Piecuch who will be at Books on Broad to talk with folks about the Revolutionary War in the South and sign his books.  Dr. Piecuch will discuss the newly released Theaters of the American Revolution. Identifying discrete geographical areas in order to better understand a conflict that moves across hundreds of thousands of square miles of land and water, such as the American Civil War and World War II, has been a valuable historical method. During this time of greater study of the war that made America, the authors of Theaters of the American Revolution take this approach for the first time. The result is a stimulating volume that will allow readers to see how the war flowed from region to region from 1775 to 1781, beginning in the Northern colonies and Canada, through the dark months in the Middle colonies, to a shift to the South and culmination at Yorktown. Simultaneously, the war raged up and down the western frontier, with the Patriots working to keep the British and their Indian allies from disrupting the main battle armies to the east. Equally important was the war at sea, where American privateers and a fledgling navy attempted to harass the British; but with the entrance of France to the conflict, the control of the sea took a much more balanced — and important — aspect. With specially commissioned maps and colorful descriptions of eighteenth century American terrain, settlements, and cities, as well as key battles, Theaters of the American Revolution provides an ideal introduction to understanding one of the most important wars in world history in its totality.  Contents of Theaters of the American Revolution include: Introduction – James Kirby Martin and David L. Preston; The Northern Theater – James Kirby Martin; The Middle Theater – Edward G. Lengel and Mark Edward Lender; The Southern Theater – Jim Piecuch; The Western Theater – Mark Edward Lender; and The Naval Theater – Charles Neimeyer.  Jim Piecuch, a resident of Camden, SC is Professor of History at Kennesaw State University.  Jim is the author of The Battle of Camden: A Documentary History; Three Peoples, One King: Loyalists, Indians, and Slaves in the Revolutionary South; and The Blood Be Upon Your Head: Tarleton and the Myth of Buford’s Massacre, and edited Cavalry in the American Revolution and General Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution in the South. Books will be available for purchase and autographing.  This event is free and the public is invited.  2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at 944 S. Broad Street.  http://www.booksonbroad.com

April 29, 2017 — Saratoga, NY — Saratoga National Park presents a special program “Making ‘The Cause’ Common” by Robert G. Parkinson, PhD.  For more information see this flyer: 4-29 saratoga Nat Park

April 29-30, 2017 — Clinton, SC — Musgrove Mill State Historic Site presents their annual Encampment Weekend. Come experience what life was like on the South Carolina frontier during the American Revolution! Activities will highlight the battle fought at Musgrove Mill and will feature interpretive talks, demonstrations, and exhibits presented by reenactors. The demonstrations include: historic weapons demonstrations, tactical military demonstrations, period children’s games, colonial art, colonial medicine, blacksmithing, and more.  The event will begin at 10:00 am and end at 4:00 pm each day.  Admission for the event is: adults – $4.00; children age 6 to 16 – $2.00; and children age 5 and under – free.  Admission is free with a Park Passport Plus.  This event is designed for everyone.  Wheelchair and stroller accessible.  For more information regarding this event contact Musgrove Mill State Historic Site at (864) 938-0100, or e-mail mgmillsp@scprt.com.

May 3, 2017 — Mt. Vernon, Va. — George Washington American Revolution Round Table of the District of Columbia presents George Washington scholar Dr. Edward G. Lengel who will speak about his latest book, First Entrepreneur.  This first-ever study of Washington as a businessman demonstrates how his mastery of finance and determination to secure American prosperity ultimately secured independence. Using Washington’s extensive but often overlooked financial papers, Lengel chronicles the fascinating and inspiring story of how this self-educated man built the Mount Vernon estate into a vast multilayered enterprise and prudently managed meager resources to win our war of independence. Later, as president, he helped establish the national economy on a solid footing and favorably positioned the nation for the Industrial Revolution.”  Lengel  is the Chief Historian of the White House Historical Association. Before beginning work there in the fall of 2016, he directed the Washington Papers project for many years. A military historian, he is the author of several books, including General George Washington: A Military Life; To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918; Inventing George Washington: America’s Founder in Myth and Memory; and First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His–and the Nation’s–Prosperity.  The George Washington American Revolution Round Table meets from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on at the Mount Vernon Inn at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Garden. The program begins with a social hour at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm.  The dinner price is $35 per person, which includes the meal, taxes and tip, at this unique location, to enjoy the company of people who appreciate the American Revolution, and to listen to a book author as well!  http://xenophongroup.com/patriot/arrt/arrt_web.htm for more information.   The Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant is located at 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Va. – (703) 780-0011 (Located south of Alexandria at the end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway).  For more information on attending the program, or the ARRT of DC in general, go to our web page at http://xenophongroup.com/patriot/arrt/arrtprgm.htm; or, send Glen Williams an e-mail to gfwilliams607@verizon.net; or call: (410) 747-9009.

May 11, 2017 — Washington, DC — The Society of the Cincinnati presents a program in honor of the 234th anniversary of the founding of the Society of the Cincinnati, featuring historian John Oller who will discuss and sign copies of his biography of Francis Marion, an original Society member and famous leader of a band of South Carolina militiamen during the American Revolution. In the darkest days of the American Revolution, Francis Marion and his band of militia freedom fighters kept hope alive for the patriot cause during the critical British “southern campaign.” Employing insurgent guerrilla tactics that became commonplace in later centuries, Marion and his brigade inflicted enemy losses that were individually small but cumulatively a large drain on British resources and morale. In this action-packed biography we meet many colorful characters from the Revolution: Lt. Col. Banastre “Bloody Ban” Tarleton, the British cavalry officer who relentlessly pursued Marion over twenty-six miles of swamp, only to call off the chase and declare (per legend) that “the Devil himself could not catch this damned old fox,” giving Marion his famous nickname; Gen. Thomas Sumter, the bold but rash patriot militia leader whom Marion detested; Lt. Gen. Charles, Lord Cornwallis, the imperious British commander who ordered the hanging of rebels and the destruction of their plantations; Lt. Col. Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee, the urbane young Continental cavalryman who helped Marion topple critical British outposts in South Carolina; but most of all Francis Marion himself, “the Washington of the South,” a man of ruthless determination yet humane character, motivated by what his peers called “the purest patriotism.” In The Swamp Fox, the first major biography of Marion in more than forty years, John Oller provides a fresh look both at Marion, the man, and how he helped save the American Revolution. The talk will last approximately 45 minutes. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and a book signing will follow the lecture. Light refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to the public.  It starts at 6:00 pm at the Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW (202) 785-2040

May 12, 2017 Washington, DC — The Daughters of the American Revolution Library.  If you can’t make his talk at Anderson House on Thursday, John Oller will discuss his book The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution in a free lecture hosted by the DAR Library the next day. In the first major biography of Marion in more than forty years, John Oller compiles striking evidence and brings together much recent learning to provide a fresh look both at Marion, the man, and how he helped save the American Revolution.  1:00 pm, free admission and the public is invited. 1776 D Street NW For more info at https://darmar23.eventbrite.com

May 18, 2017 — York, SC — A new York County historical marker will be dedicated at 2:00 pm as a “lead-in” to the Revolutionary War events at Historic Brattonsville on May 20-21. This marker is for “The Battle of Stallings Plantation,” and will be located at the intersection of Aristides Drive and SC Highway 5, near the entrance to the Derby Downs subdivision, approximately 2 miles east of the intersection of East Liberty Street and Alexander Love Highway in York. This marker commemorates the Battle of Stallings Plantation, also known as the Battle of Stallions’ Plantation, which took place here around the end of August or the beginning of September 1780. This was a battle between Whig and Tory militiamen and was typical of the “civil war” and family divisions that took place in the Carolina backcountry during the Revolution. (Note that Alexander Love, who the highway was named for, was the father of the Patriot militia captain Andrew Love, who led the attack on Stallings Plantation, and Sarah Love Stallings, who was killed in the battle.)

May 20-21, 2017 — Brattonsville, SC — Historic Brattonsville will play host to a Revolutionary War “National Event” for battle re-enactments of the Battles of Kings Mountain, Camden (on Saturday), and Eutaw Springs (on Sunday). Representatives of re-enactment groups from throughout the east coast, including infantry, cavalry and artillery, both American and British, will attend.  For more information, please visit http://www.chmuseums.org/event/2170

June 8-11, 2017 — Fort Plain, NY — The Fort Plain Museum’s 3rd Annual American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference. There will be 10 presentations, 2 bus tours, a colonial tavern/dinner, an opening reception and more. On Saturday June 10 and Sunday June 11 at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College, ten presentations related to the American Revolution, Mohawk Valley and upstate New York will be given by following historians/authors: William M. Fowler Jr. – An American Crisis: George Washington and the Dangerous Two Years After Yorktown, 1781-1783; Gavin K. Watt – Neighbours Against Neighbours – Fort Schuyler and Oriskany; Eric H. Schnitzer – Tactics of the 1777 Battles of Saratoga; Christian M. McBurney – Abductions in the American Revolution in Northern New York; Matthew J. Hollis & David A. Ranzan – Middling Officers in the Mohawk Valley; Dean R. Snow – Oneidas, Mohawks, and the Saratoga Campaign; Wayne Lenig – 1780, the Year of the Burning — The War on the Mohawk Frontier; Todd W. Braisted – The Royalist Corps in the Burgoyne Campaign; Robert A. Geake – From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution; Daniel M. Sivilich – Musket Balls: Diagnostic Tools for Military Sites. On Thursday June 8, Bus Tour #1 will feature the Mohawk Country Historic Sites located in Montgomery County. The historic sites included are the Fort Plain Museum, the 1747 Nellis Tavern, Fort Klock, Old Fort Johnson, the Stone Arabia Battlefield, the Stone Arabia Church, and the Grave of Colonel John Brown, the Fallen Hero of the Battle of Stone Arabia. On Friday June 9, Bus Tour #2 will feature a tour of the “Drums Along the Mohawk” Historic Sites. The bus tour will follow the historic sites included in Walter D. Edmonds famous American Novel. The historic sites included are the Palatine Church, Fort Stanwix (Fort Schuyler), Oriskany Battlefield, General Herkimer Home, Fort Herkimer, Fort Herkimer Church, and Fort Dayton. There will be an opening cocktail reception held on the evening of June 9 at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College. The reception will include food, beer, wine, and a variety of spirits tasting from local NY/Mohawk Valley vendors. Also, get a sneak peak of a groundbreaking documentary, “Benedict Arnold: Hero Betrayed” that tells the heroic story of Benedict Arnold’s contributions to the struggle for American Independence. Did he betray his county or did his country betray him? Filmmakers Tom Mercer and Anthony Vertucci will screen highlights and discuss this new film in the making. On Saturday Evening, June 10, join us for an “Evening at the Tavern” at the Van Alstyne Homestead. Lieutenant General John “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne will be on hand to discuss: “How I Lost the War in America!” Burgoyne will be portrayed by Bruce M. Venter. The colonial tavern will serve up period authentic drinks (cash bar) and several period authentic appetizers, an entrée and dessert will be served. Free Tours of the Van Alstyne Homestead will be provided. The cost is $60 for the speakers’ portion (Saturday lunch/coffee breaks are included), $40 for Bus Tour #1, $40 for Bus Tour #2, $50 for the “Evening at the Tavern” and colonial dinner or all four for a conference special of $180. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please email info@fortplainmuseum.org or call 518-774-5669. You can also visit www.fortplainmuseum.com

June 24, 2017 — Washington, DC — bus tour to explore the grounds of 18th-century farms, churches, and taverns with author and historian John Maass and learn about George Washington’s life in Alexandria. The trip begins and ends at Anderson House. Breakfast, lunch, and transportation are included. Fee: $45 per person, reservations are required and pre-registration ends on June 20, 2017.  9:00 am to 4:00 pm departing from the Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.  For more information on this interesting tour see: http://www.societyofthecincinnati.org/events/form

July 24-28, 2017 — Washington, DC — Revolutionary War youth Day Camp “Washington’s Spies” – The American Revolution Institute is pleased to announce Revolutionary War Camp “Washington’s Spies”, a day camp for boys and girls ages 8 – 11 about espionage and the American Revolution. During the week, campers will learn about the diverse people who acted as spies during the Revolutionary War and in some cases influenced the outcomes of major events. Campers will dress in period costumes they get to keep and enjoy hands-on activities, including creating secret codes, writing with invisible ink, and orchestrating covert drop points. The camp will conclude with an open house for parents and friends to see demonstrations of what campers learned during the week.  9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW.  $400 ($100 due at registration), scholarships available.  For more information and to register, please contact Kendall Casey, museum education manager, at kcasey@societyofthecincinnati.org or call (202) 495-7127. Learn more about the Society of the Cincinnati and its museum on their website.

September 9, 2017 — Eutawville, SC — The 236th Anniversary of The Battle of Eutaw Springs. There will be a 10:00 am patriotic service at the Historic Church of the Epiphany in Eutawville featuring a presentation by Doug Bostick, historian, author, president of the SC Battleground Preservation Trust, and principal investigator of the Battle of Eutaw Springs battlefield mapping project.  Bostick’s presentation will followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the battle monument site in the Eutaw Springs community. A ladies luncheon will be offered at Camellia Manor in Holly Hill along with a “Dutch treat” lunch at Sweatman’s BBQ at 12:00 noon. There will be an honor guard and wreath laying ceremony at Gen. Francis Marion’s Tomb at 1:45 pm. For more information, contact Douglas Doster for wreath presentations and luncheon registrations at 803-823-2824 or email at toyboydoug@hotmail.com.

September 23, 2017 — Hanover, Va. — Join Hanover Tavern and Dr. John Maass for a bus tour exploring the British Invasion of Virginia during the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War. (half day)  This tour is based on his new book, The Road to Yorktown.  Cost: $70 (Hanover Tavern Foundation members) $80 (general public) This tour picks up Lord Cornwallis’ trail at Hanover Courthouse and continues west through Goochland County. This tour include light breakfast at the Tavern and lunch. Tours depart from Hanover Tavern at 9:00 am.  Call Tom Seabrook at 804-537-5050 ext. 21 or email tseabrook@hanovertavern.org today to reserve your spot.

November 11, 2017 — Hanover, Va. — Join Hanover Tavern and Dr. John Maass for a bus tour exploring the British Invasion of Virginia during the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War. (full day) This tour is based on his new book, The Road to Yorktown.  Cost: $90 (Hanover Tavern Foundation members) $100 (general public) Follow Lt. Col. Banastre “Bloody Ban” Tarleton’s ride to Charlottesville to capture Gov. Thomas Jefferson, along with the famous ride of Jack Jouett, Virginia’s Paul Revere. This tour include light breakfast at the Tavern and lunch. Tours depart from Hanover Tavern at 9:00 am.  Call Tom Seabrook at 804-537-5050 ext. 21 or email tseabrook@hanovertavern.org today to reserve your spot.

Exhibits

Updated on April 28, 2017.