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.

March 23, 2017 Washington, DC — The Daughters of the American Revolution Library presents Robert McDonald who will discuss his book Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson’s Image in His own Time in a free lecture hosted by the DAR Library. In this fascinating book, historian Robert M. S. McDonald explores how Jefferson, a man with a manner so mild some described it as meek, emerged as such a divisive figure. Bridging the gap between high politics and popular opinion, Confounding Father exposes how Jefferson’s bifurcated image took shape both as a product of his own creation and in response to factors beyond his control. In the first fifty years of independence, Americans’ views of Jefferson revealed much about their conflicting views of the purpose and promise of America. Robert M. S. McDonald is Professor of History at the United States Military Academy. 1:00 pm, free admission and the public is invited. 1776 D Street NW For more info at https://darmar23.eventbrite.com

March 23-April 4, 2017 — Yorktown, Va. — The new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown celebrates its Grand Opening as it honors the thirteen states in the order in which they ratified the U.S. Constitution.  Daily programs recognizing each state will begin midday with ceremonial welcoming remarks and presentation of the state flag, followed by an Honor Guard procession along the Grand Corridor to the outdoor re-created Continental Army encampment’s artillery amphitheater for a flag-raising ceremony and artillery salute. Visitors will be able to learn more about each state’s Revolutionary War history through a variety of educational programs, new exhibition galleries, and interpretive programs in the newly expanded Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm. Children’s games and family friendly activities will round out the festivities.  Highlights of each of the 13 days include:

March 23, 2017 – Delaware – Welcoming Ceremony (11:00 am, Artillery Amphitheater); Fife & Drums performance and the 1st Delaware Regiment Volley Salute (12:30 pm, Event Lawn); Author Kim R. Budick, “Revolutionary Delaware: Independence in the First State” lecture (1:00 pm, Classroom); Historian Wade Catts, “1777 Battle of Cooch’s Bridge” (2:00 pm, Classroom); Commander Christopher Mlynarczyk, “Captain Robert Kirkwood and the 1st Delaware Regiment” (3:00 pm, Classroom); and Panel Discussion on the “Delaware Signers of the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution (4:00 pm, Classroom).

March 24, 2017 – Pennsylvania – Welcoming Ceremony (11:00 am, Artillery Amphitheater); Michael Kochan will conduct 18th-century scientific experiments as “Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Scientist” (10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Event Lawn). Patricia Jones of Independence National Historic Park will discuss the Continental Congress and Pennsylvania State House (1:00 pm, Classroom); and Nancy K. Loane of Valley Forge National Park, Winter Encampment at Valley Forge and the Making of the Continental Army (4:15 p.m., Classroom).

March 25, 2017 – New Jersey – Welcoming Ceremony (11:00 am, Artillery Amphitheater); Noreen Bodman, Historian & Executive Director, Crossroads of the American Revolution, “An Overview: New Jersey during the American Revolution” (1:00 pm, Classroom); Historians Larry Kidder and Roger Williams of Old Barracks Museum, Trenton, “Ten Crucial Days: The Battles of Trenton and Princeton” (1:45 pm, Classroom); Historian and Ranger Eric Olsen of Morristown National Historic Site, “Joseph Plumb Martin: Recollections of the Revolution” (2:30 pm, Classroom); Historian and Ranger Michael Timpanaro of Monmouth Battlefield State Park, “The Battle of Monmouth” (3:15 pm, Classroom); Noreen Bodman, “Signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution” (4:00 pm, Classroom). Evening Lecture:  Historian Robert Selig presents “The Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail” (7:00 pm, Theater).

 March 26, 2017 – Georgia – Welcoming Ceremony (11:00 am, Artillery Amphitheater); Historian and SCAR Fellow Robert Scott Davis of Wallace State Community College, Alabama, “Georgia during the American Revolution” (1:00 pm, Classroom); Executive Director Jack Warren of The Society of the Cincinnati, “The Battle of Kettle Creek” (1:45 pm, Classroom); Archaeologists and SCAR Fellows Rita Elliott and Daniel Elliott of The LAMAR Institute, “Archeological Site Excavations at Kettle Creek and Savannah” (2:30 pm, Classroom); and Scholar Robert Scott Davis, “Elijah Clarke and the American Revolution” and “Georgia Signers of the Declaration of Independence & the U.S. Constitution” (4:00 pm, Classroom).

March 27, 2017 – Connecticut – Welcoming Ceremony (12 Noon, Artillery Amphitheater); Historian James Gallagher, “Connecticut during the American Revolution” (1:00 pm, Classroom); Rebecca Gavin, Connecticut Historical Society, “Tories, Spies and Traitors: Divided Loyalty in Revolutionary Connecticut” (2:00 pm, Classroom); and Historian James Gallagher, “Connecticut’s Signers and Soldiers” (4:00 pm, Classroom).

 March 28, 2017 – Massachusetts – Welcoming Ceremony (11:00 am., Artillery Amphitheater); Curtis White of Salem Maritime National Historic Site, “Customs Enforcement in Salem, Massachusetts: Prelude to War 1760-1775” (1:00 pm, Classroom); Leslie Obleschuk of Minute Man National Historic Park, “The Battles of Lexington and Concord” (1:45 pm, Classroom); Ethan Beeler of Boston National Historic Park, “Joseph Warren & the Battle of Bunker Hill” (2:30 pm, Classroom); Garett Cloe of the Longfellow House Washington’s Headquarters National Historical Site, “George Washington: ‘…the Gentleman and Soldier look agreably blended in him’” (3:30 pm, Classroom); and Jason Halin of Adams National Historical Park, “Families in the Revolution, Patriots in the Countryside: The Revolutionary Partnership of John and Abigail Adams” (4:15 pm, Classroom).

March 29, 2017 – Maryland – Welcoming Ceremony (11:00 am, Artillery Amphitheater); Senior Historian Glenn Campbell of the Historic Annapolis Foundation, “Annapolis in the Revolutionary Era” (1:00 pm, Classroom); Historian and Author John Beakes, “Otho Holland Williams in the American Revolution” (2:00 pm, Classroom); Historian Robert Mullauer, “The Maryland 400 at the Battle of Cowpens” (3:00 pm, Classroom); Historian and Author John Beakes, “John Eager Howard in the American Revolution” (4:00 pm, Classroom). Evening Lecture: Historian and Author Patrick O’Donnell, Washington’s Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution” (7:00 pm, Theater).

March 30, 2017 – South Carolina – Welcoming Ceremony (11:00 am, Artillery Amphitheater). Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution panel discussions with Doug Bostick of the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust, Historian Robert Dunkerly of the National Park Service, Tray Dunaway of the Historic Camden Foundation, and SCAR Fellows Doug McIntyre and David Reuwer of the Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution. Programs include “1775-1776 Loyalists & Whigs” (1:00 pm, Classroom); “1777-1779 Archives, Archeology & Anecdotes” (2:00 pm, Classroom); “1780-1781 Battles, Bravado & Blood” (3:00 pm, Classroom); and “1781-1782 Internecine Hatred & Isaac Hayne” (4:00 pm, Classroom). Evening Lecture: Author and Historian and SCAR Fellow John “Jack” Buchanan, “Partisan War in the Carolinas” (7:00 pm, Theater).

March 31, 2017 – New Hampshire – Welcoming Ceremony (11:00 am, Artillery Amphitheater); Abby Pietrantonio of the American Independence Museum, “New Hampshire during the American Revolution: Historic Artifacts, and Current Preservation Efforts” (1:00 pm, Classroom); Callie Stewart of Bennington Museum Collections, “John Stark and the Battle of Bennington” (2:00 pm, Classroom); and Author Glenn F. Williams, “Year of the Hangman: George Washington’s Campaign Against the Iroquois” with a particular focus on John Sullivan, Enoch Poor, and Henry Dearborn” (3:00 pm, Classroom).

April 1, 2017 – Virginia – Dedication Day will feature patriotic ceremonies, an 18th-century fair with period amusements of juggling and puppet shows, Revolutionary War re-enactors and dragoons, military music and artillery salutes. Museum gallery exhibits will debut a new mobile app to enhance gallery storylines and the “Liberty Tree,” a new interactive gallery feature that allows visitors to share their thoughts on liberty.

April 2, 2017 – New York – Welcoming Ceremony (11:00 am, Artillery Amphitheater); Historic Site Manager Wade Wells of Johnson Hall State Historic Site, “Scorched Earth: The Destructive Raids in the Mohawk and Schoharie Valleys” (1:00 pm, Classroom); Historian and Author James L. Nelson, “Benedict Arnold’s Navy: The Ragtag Fleet that Lost the Battle of Lake Champlain but Won the American Revolution” (2:00 pm, Classroom); Historian and Author Bruce Venter, “Hubbardton: The Battle that Saved the Northern Army” (3:00 pm, Classroom); and Historian and Ranger Eric Schnitzer of Saratoga National Historic Park, “The Northern Campaign of 1777” (4:00 pm, Classroom).

April 3, 2017 – North Carolina – Welcoming Ceremony (11:00 am, Artillery Amphitheater); Director Keith Hardison of the North Carolina Historic Sites, “North Carolina Preserves its Revolutionary History,” and Site Manager Jim McKee of Historic Brunswick Town, “North Carolina Signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution” (1:00 pm, Classroom); Rangers Matthew Woods and Jason Howell of Moores Creek National Battlefield Park, “Loyalists v. Whigs: the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge” (2:00 pm, Classroom); Historian Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, “The Life and Times of William Richardson Davie” (3:00 pm, Classroom); and Historians Steve Ricker and Richard Luce of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, “The Overmountain Men Who Turned the Tide in the South” (4:00 pm, Classroom). Evening Lecture: Historian and Author and SCAR Fellow, Lawrence Babits, “Long, Obstinate and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse” (7:00 pm, Theater).

April 4, 2017 – Rhode Island – Welcoming Ceremony (12 Noon, Artillery Amphitheater). Historian John E. Concannon, “The Burning of the Gaspee” (1:00 pm, Classroom); Editor Don H. Hagist of the Journal of the American Revolution, “The Battle of Rhode Island,” (2:00 pm, Classroom); Director John Pentangelo of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, “The Road to Yorktown” (3:00 pm, Classroom); and David C. Lavery, Right Worshipful Grand Historian, Masonic Grand Lodge of Rhode Island, “The Ancient Mystic Tie: Fraternal Relationships of the American Revolution” (4:00 pm, Classroom). Evening Lecture: Historian Sarah Goldberger-Kohen, “In the Shadow of Yorktown Monument: The U.S. Navy & The Rise of American Sea Power” (7:00 pm, Theater).

Open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located at 200 Water Street, in Yorktown, Virginia.  2017 admission is $12.00 for adults, $7.00 for ages 6 through 12, and free for children under 6. A combination ticket is available with Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia. For more information on the Grand Opening Celebration, visit http://www.historyisfun.org/grandopening or call (888) 593-4682 toll free or (757) 253-4838.

March 24, 2017 — Williamsburg, Va. —  Bus Tour of Yorktown Battlefield with Bill Welsch.  This tour includes lunch, snack breaks, admissions, gratuities and map package. The tour will leave Colonial Williamsburg’s Woodlands Hotel lobby at 8:00 am and return at 4:00 pm. For fees, preregistration and more information see http://americashistoryllc.com/2016/5th-annual-conference-of-the-american-revolution-2-2

March 24-26, 2017 — Williamsburg, Va. —  6th Annual Conference of the American Revolution.   Presenters include: Edward G. Lengel, Head of Faculty  George III’s American Madness; James Kirby Martin  The Real Continentals: Joseph Plumb Martin and His Comrades; David Preston  The Legacy of Braddock’s Defeat on the American Revolution; Mark Lender  Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign and the Politics of Battle; John Grenier  Staying Loyal to the King: Why Robert Rogers Did Not Join the Rebels; Michael Gabriel  Major General Richard Montgomery: The Making of an American Hero; Dennis Conrad  A Sea Change: Naval Warfare in the American Revolution during the Spring of 1778; Robert Smith  Manufacturing Independence: Industrial Innovation during the American Revolution; and Robert Selig  Rochambeau’s Most Colorful Officer: Robert Guillaume, Baron de Dillon of Lauzun’s Legion. Included is also a panel discussion with all speakers: “Lies and Legends of the American Revolution” plus an update on Campaign 1776 from the Civil War Trust.  New for 2017: a Welcome Reception with our speakers on Friday evening.  Conference begins at 6:30 pm. Colonial Williamsburg’s Woodlands Hotel.  Conference presented by America’s History, LLC.  For fees, preregistration and more information see http://americashistoryllc.com/2016/5th-annual-conference-of-the-american-revolution-2-2

March 25, 2017 — Gadsden, Ala. — North East Alabama Genealogical Society Spring Seminar with featured speaker SCAR Fellow Prof. Robert Scott “Bob” Davis. Georgia is a big place and from 1733 on people have arrived there from elsewhere and/or gone on to other places. Finding the when and where of your Georgian can tie him to other people, at least with circumstantial evidence, and lead to records that can unlock mysteries and tell great stories of amazing adventure! Also discussed will be the complexity of Georgia as a place and in its many different kinds of records such as land grant, military, and newspaper. South Carolina can also be a difficult place to research from a tradition of government records lost or never created. Like everywhere, however, it has research secrets that can help to overcome some obstacles. This talk gives South Carolina basics but also many little known paths that the researcher may follow for answers such as the colonial immigrant records, Revolutionary War accounts audited, Richard Côté’s books, the Andrea Collection, and more.  8:30 am 3:00 pm at the Senior Activity Center, 623 Broad Street (rear entrance) $25.00 or $30 if after March 11th and at the door). Please mail check to: NEAGS 2017 Spring Seminar, P.O. Box 8268, Gadsden, AL 35901 For more information, contact Wayne Gregg (256) 706-3262 or neagslib@comcast.net

March 29, 2017 — Chadds Ford, Pa. — Mike Harris will present on The Battle of Brandywine. Harris, author of Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, September 11, 1777, will discuss the Revolution’s longest single day battle that engaged more troops than any other. Admission to the lecture is free for all Chadds Ford Historical Society members and $5 for non-members. All tickets are at the door; no advance ticketing is available. Lecture starts at 7:00 pm in the CFHS Barn Visitors Center, 1736 Creek Road (Rt. 100). For more information: www.chaddsfordhistory.org – 610-388-7376.

April 6, 2017 — Chadds Ford, Pa. — Jim Christ presents on Remember Paoli! The Battle of Paoli, also called “The Paoli Massacre,” unfolded at midnight on September 20 to 21, 1777. After Gen. George Washington’s defeat at Brandywine on September 11th, his forces retreated toward Philadelphia to regroup, and he ordered Gen. Anthony Wayne to harass the British. But the attempt failed, and the result was the 9th deadliest battle in the American Revolutionary War. Jim Christ is the vice-president of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund. Admission to the lecture is free for all Chadds Ford Historical Society members and $5 for non-members. All tickets are at the door; no advance ticketing is available. Lecture starts at 7:00 pm in the CFHS Barn Visitors Center, 1736 Creek Road (Rt. 100). For more information: www.chaddsfordhistory.org – 610-388-7376.

April 8, 2017 — Clinton, SC — Musgrove Mill State Historic Site will offer a guided hike of the battlefield trail. The Battle of Musgrove Mill, which occurred on August 19, 1780, was a turning point in the Colonists’ fight for independence on the South Carolina frontier in the summer of 1780. This Ranger-led program will follow the 1.3 mile battlefield trail and we will visit part of the actual battlefield. There is limited availability for the hike, so reservations are recommended. Registration Deadline: 5:00 pm Friday before the program; meeting place – Visitor Center; what to bring – bottled water, insect repellent, and sturdy footwear for hiking. 10:00 am; $2.00 per person.  Musgrove Mill State Historic Site 398 State Park Road. (864) 938-0100

April 8, 2017 — Banastre Tarleton’s Charlottesville Raid, a field tour led by John R. Maass, historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Fort McNair, Washington, DC and an adjunct professor of history at Norwich University. He is the author of North Carolina and the French and Indian War: the Spreading Flames of War; Defending a New Nation, 1783-1811; and The Road to Yorktown. He was an editor of the Journal of Backcountry Studies, and is working on a new book, George Washington’s Virginia, due out in 2017.  8:30 am to 5:00 pm
– http://www.cwea.net/programs/1704-american-revolution-banastre-tarleton%E2%80%99s-charlottesville-raid-field-tour

April 12, 2017 — Chadds Ford, Pa. — Dr. Nancy Loane will present Present But Not Accounted For: Women at the 1777-1778 Valley Forge Encampment.  Over 400 women camped at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78. Dr. Loane’s presentation will introduce you to the women who traveled with the Continental Army, those with Washington’s military family, and the wives of the officers, such as Martha Washington, Lucy Knox, and Catharine Greene. Through the women at camp, you’ll discover a Valley Forge encampment that you never knew existed. Admission to the lecture is free for all Chadds Ford Historical Society members and $5 for non-members.  All tickets are at the door; no advance ticketing is available. Lecture starts at 7:00 pm in the CFHS Barn Visitors Center, 1736 Creek Road (Rt. 100).   For more information: www.chaddsfordhistory.org 610-388-7376.

April 12, 2017 — Wilmington, NC — the Cape Fear Revolutionary War Round Table presents a “drinking from a fire hydrant” program with historian J. D. Lewis on “Government in Transition” to describe how the North Carolina government quickly evolved from British rule to a Provincial Government, to a sovereign State Government, to joining the United States of America – all within fifteen years.  This is the first “comprehensive” exposé to provide the names of the known “founding fathers” for all counties in existence at the time that North Carolina joined the United States of America by ratifying the U.S. Constitution in 1789.  Attendees will certainly gain a much better understanding of why the early North Carolina government was created as it was, and who the real “movers and shakers” were that truly shaped the new State’s identity during and after the American Revolution.  $5 for guests which may be applied to the $25 annual membership fee if you wish to join.  The event starts at  7:00 pm (doors open 6:30 for 50/50 raffle) and refreshments at the Bellamy Mansion, 503 Market Street.   https://www.facebook.com/CapeFearRevolutionaryWarRoundTable

April 12, 2017 — Fredericksburg, VA — The American Revolution Round Table of Fredericksburg presents author and historian Larrie D. Ferriero who will speak on his book, Brothers At Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It.” 6:30 pm at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library headquarters theater, 1201 Caroline Street. Free and the public is invited. Light Refreshments. Book Signing. Contact Jim Davis at JamesDavisW@aol.com or (540) 899-3836.

April 22-23, 2017 — Clinton, SC — Battle of Musgrove Mill reenactment

April 21, 2017 — Hanover, Va. — Join Hanover Tavern and Dr. John Maass for a series of bus tours exploring the British Invasion of Virginia during the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War.  The series will kick off with a free book talk by Dr. Maass at Hanover Tavern at 7:00 pm.  He will discuss his new book, The Road to Yorktown, and lay the groundwork for the tours to follow.

Tour 1: April 22, 2017 (half day) Cost: $70 (Hanover Tavern Foundation members) $80 (general public) Journey to Charles City County and pick up the trail of British Lt. Gen. Charles, Lord Cornwallis, tracing the redcoats as far as Hanover Courthouse.

Tour 2: September 23, 2017 (half day) Cost: $70 (Hanover Tavern Foundation members) $80 (general public) The second half day tour picks up Lord Cornwallis’ trail at Hanover Courthouse and continues west through Goochland County.

Tour 3: November 11, 2017 (full day) 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. Bundle all three tours and save!  Cost to attend all tours, when purchased together: $220 (members) $240 (general public)  All tours 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.

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, Cowpens, and Eutaw Springs. Representatives of re-enactment groups from throughout the east coast, including infantry, cavalry and artillery, both American and British, will attend. 

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 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 p.m. For more information, contact Douglas Doster for wreath presentations and luncheon registrations at 803-823-2824 or email at toyboydoug@hotmail.com.

Exhibits

Exhibit on Revolutionary War Site Fort Motte

COLUMBIA, SC — Fort Motte, in present Calhoun County, SC, was a Revolutionary War British outpost built in early 1781. The fort consisted of the Rebecca Motte plantation house, surrounded by a heavy, palisaded earthwork parapet and ditch. In May 1781, an American force under Gen. Francis Marion and Lt. Col. Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee lay siege to the fort, and the British garrison of 184 men surrendered after resisting for seven days. The fort’s capture was a significant episode in the 1781 Southern campaign. Guest curator Steven D. Smith notes that “combined with the British loss of Camden, the fall of Fort Motte on May 12, 1781, signaled the beginning of the end of the British occupation of South Carolina during the American Revolution.” “…make no Doubt we shall carry this post…”: The History and Archaeology of Fort Motte examines the siege of Fort Motte, as well as the excavation of the site and the artifacts uncovered. The exhibit features a variety of American and British artifacts, most of which have never been on display, including weapon fragments, ammunition, pottery, buttons, coins, arrowheads, and much more.  As guest curator James B. Legg states, “this exhibit boasts an extensive collection from the archaeological investigations at Fort Motte, as well as samples from two other sites related to the “War of the Posts” in the spring of 1781, including the Camden garrison and Fort Watson.  All of the material was gathered in the course of archaeological research between the 1960s and 2016, mostly work conducted by the SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, USC.” The exhibit will be on display through March 18, 2017.  The Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum focuses on South Carolina’s military history from the Revolutionary War to the present.  301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC.  Visit www.crr.sc.gov for more information.

Updated on March 22, 2017.