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 6, 2017 — Philadelphia, Pa. — Temple University presents Mark Edward Lender on “Monmouth: Why a Campaign History?”  This lecture is free and the public is invited.  3:30 pm in the Weigley Room, 914 Gladfelter Hall.  17-HIST-Monmouth 8.5×11

March 7, 2017 — Washington, DC — The Society of the Cincinnati presents historian C. L. “Chip” Bragg discusses and signs copies of his new book, Martyr of the American Revolution: The Execution of Isaac Hayne, South Carolinian. The talk will last about 45 minutes, followed by a book signing and light refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at the event. On August 4, 1781, in Charleston, South Carolina, the British army hanged Col. Isaac Hayne for treason. The death of a patriot in the cause of liberty was not a unique occurrence, but the unusually well-documented events surrounding the execution of Hayne and the involvement of his friends and family make his story compelling and poignant. Unlike young Capt. Nathan Hale, who suffered a similar fate in 1776, Hayne did not become a folk hero. What began as local incident, however, became an international affair that was debated in Parliament and the Continental Congress.  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

March 18-19, 2017 — Greensboro, NC — reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.  See www.nps.gov/guco for more information about the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. It is the first Revolutionary War battlefield to become a national park. This year is their centennial as a national park.

March 22, 2017 — Chadds Ford, Pa. — Elizabeth Beatty will present, To The Last Extremity: Fort Mifflin’s Valiant StandJoin Elizabeth Beatty, Executive Director of Fort Mifflin, as she tells the story of the Fort that saved America! Following a five-week siege in the fall of 1777, the British ultimately surrounded the fort on three sides and unleashed the greatest bombardment of the American Revolution.  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.

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 General George Washington’s defeat at Brandywine on September 11th, his forces retreated toward Philadelphia to regroup, and he ordered General 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 — 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 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

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 13, 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 February 24, 2017.