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 identified as SCAR events below.
December 13, 2017 – Washington Crossing, Pa. – the David Library of the American Revolution presents Jonathan Israel, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies, who will present a lecture on his new book, The Expanding Blaze: How the American Revolution Ignited the World, 1775-1848, an examination of the importance of the American Revolution internationally. Beginning at 7:30 pm DLAR lectures are held in the Feinstone Conference Center at the David Library, 1201 River Road (Rt. 32), 1.3 miles north of the Washington Crossing Bridge. Each lecture will be followed by a book-signing reception where the speaker’s book will be available for purchase through Farley’s Book Shop, New Hope. For additional details about the lecture, visit http://www.dlar.org/events.htm
January 13, 2018 – St. Augustine, Fl. – the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. In 1763, Spain ceded its colonies of Spanish Florida to Great Britain. For twenty years, from 1763 to 1783, British East Florida was Britain’s “14th Colony” in America and part of the 13 British colonies in the Americas which did not rebel. Florida remained a Loyalist stronghold throughout the American Revolution. Its capital, the old Spanish city of St. Augustine, became a British military bastion and Fort St. Mark (now the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument) became the central command-post for English operations against the American rebels in the Southern colonies. Florida Living History, Inc.’s (FLH’s – www.floridalivinghistory.org) volunteers, in partnership with the National Park Service’s Castillo de San Marcos National Monument (https://www.nps.gov/casa), will present COME ALL YE BOLD HEROES, a new heritage event recreating a 1779 English recruitment drive at Fort St. Mark. From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, citizens and visitors are invited to join FLH as we discuss and demonstrate life in British East Florida during the American Revolution! There is a Castillo admission fee of $10 per adult; children (age 15 and younger) are free. Admission to Sgt. Batten’s stirring recruitment speech at 3:00 pm on the Castillo lawn is free of charge to the public. For further information on this new heritage event, please contact Florida Living History, Inc., at email@example.com.
January 23, 2018 – Washington, DC – The Life and Times of General Andrew Pickens: Revolutionary War Hero, American Founder. Rod Andrew, Jr., Professor of History at Clemson University, discusses and signs copies of his biography of South Carolina militia commander Andrew Pickens. The book explores Pickens’ life as general during the American Revolution, his moral conflict as a slave-holding planter, and his pursuit of a peaceful relationship between his country and southern Native American tribes. The talk starts at 6:00 pm and will last about 45 minutes, followed by a book signing and refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at the event. The public is invited and the admission is free. The Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.
February 9 – 11, 2018 – Washington, Wilkes County, Ga. – 239th Anniversary of the Battle of Kettle Creek, Revolutionary Days:
February 9, 2018 – Washington, Wilkes County, Ga. – Take a walking tour of the Kettle Creek Battlefield site and enjoy the marked trails and interpretive signs. A US Army military historian will lead this tour – details to come. Enjoy a day touring downtown Washington, GA and visit the Washington Historical Museum and the Robert Toombs House to enjoy 18th century history and battlefield relics. 6:00 pm – The Kettle Creek Battlefield Association, Georgia Society SAR, and Kettle Creek NSDAR will host a dinner and Revolutionary War program in honor of the Kettle Creek Patriots.
February 10, 2018 – Washington, Wilkes County, Ga. – 9:00 am – The Georgia Society SAR Elijah Clarke Militia Honor Guard with musket salutes will raise the 1776 colors of the Revolutionary War on the Wilkes County Courthouse flag pole. 9:00 am – noon: Historical performers in the Washington City Square, Georgia Society SAR Living History building with demonstrations, Mary Willis Library period display, Robert Toombs House historic site with period performers, and the Washington City Museum with the Kettle Creek Artifact Room. 10:00 am – The Georgia Society SAR combined Color Guard & Militia will gather at the Revolutionary War monument on the Washington City square to salute and honor the Wilkes County Militia – (the Heroes of the Hornets’ Nest) and all Revolutionary War Patriots. 10:30 am – Gather behind the Courthouse for the assembly of the Revolutionary War Parade—all of the public (children & grownups) are welcome to participate in the event as our national colors and re-enactors lead us around the City square. The parade starts at 10:45 am. 11:00 am – Georgia Society SAR Elijah Clarke Militia and other re-enactors with black-powder muskets will present a dramatic portrayal of the Battle of Kettle Creek in Fort Washington Park behind the Wilkes County Courthouse. 11:45 am – The Georgia Society SAR Color Guard–Elijah Clarke Militia and others, will present arms and fire a thunderous musket salute as the Revolutionary War Colors are lowered and our present-day national colors are raised on the City Square. 2:30 pm – Pageantry at the Kettle Creek Battlefield includes, Continental Army, Georgia militia, musket volley salutes, wreath presentations, SAR/DAR/CAR, hereditary organizations, local, state & national officials, high school JROTC, students and public, place wreaths to honor the Heroes of the Hornets’ Nest–the Wilkes County militia for their 1779 victory at Kettle Creek. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – The Robert Toombs Historic Site and the City Museum will remain open for Visitors. Children & uniform personnel are welcome free of charge.
February 11, 2018 – Washington, Wilkes County, Ga. – 9:00 am – Join the Georgia Society SAR and the local NSDAR Chapter in a memorial service honoring the Wilkes County Militia (Heroes of the Hornets’ Nest) and the SC Upper 96 Militia who together defeated the Loyalists at the Battle of Kettle Creek. As in the past this memorial service is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to participate. Phillips Mill Baptist Church, 5479 Greensboro Road, Washington, GA 30673 (706) 678-7825. A National Society SAR Historic Site Event Sponsored by the Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution. More information is available – www.washingtonwilkes.org
February 24, 2018 – Camden, SC – Southern Campaigns Revolutionary War Roundtable will meet from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Kershaw County School District offices in Building 3, 2019 West DeKalb Street. The public is invited, free. A hat will be passed to pay for a catered in lunch and a contribution for the use of the building and facilities.
March 23-25, 2018 – Williamsburg, Va. – the 7th Annual Conference on the American Revolution with Prof. Edward G. Lengel, Head of Faculty. Friday – bus tour of Gen. Benedict Arnold’s 1781 Raid on Richmond lead by Prof. Mark Lender. Saturday – presentations by Ed Lengel – “Light Horse Harry” Lee at Ft. Motte, 1781; Nathaniel Philbrick – Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution; James Kirby Martin – The River that Mattered Most in the Revolutionary War; Stuart Leibiger – Washington and Lafayette: Father and Son of the Revolution; Christian McBurney – The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French—American Operation of the Revolutionary War; Eric Schnitzer – Feuds and Friendships: Horatio Gates, Benedict Arnold and Philip Schuyler during the Saratoga Campaign; Richard J. Sommers – Founding Fathers and Fighting Sons: The Revolutionary War Forbearers of Civil War Soldiers and Statesmen; Glenn F. Williams – Lord Dunmore’s War and the Battle of Point Pleasant; and Stephanie Seal Walters – Emerging Scholar—Civil War of the Heart: Virginia’s First Families & the Revolution’s Devastation at Home. Enjoy their Fifes & Drum Cocktail Reception on Friday evening for speakers and attendees; Williamsburg Prerelease: “Benedict Arnold: Hero Betrayed” a docudrama by Antony Vertucci and Tom Mercer (producers); and an update on Campaign 1776 from the Civil War Trust. Colonial Williamsburg’s Woodlands Hotel. For more information about our 7th Annual Conference on the American Revoltuion, please call America’s History at 703-785-4373 or send us an e-mail at info@AmericasHistoryLLC.com For pre-registration fees and policies see: http://americashistoryllc.com/2017/5th-annual-conference-of-the-american-revolution-2-2-2
Philadelphia, Pa. – The Museum of the American Revolution in historic Philadelphia at 101 S. Third Street. For operating hours, admissions prices, parking, and visit planning, see https://www.amrevmuseum.org
Yorktown, Va. – The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is open. It is located on Virginia Route 1020, at the edge of Yorktown and near Yorktown Battlefield. For operating hours, admissions prices, parking, and visit planning, see http://www.historyisfun.org/yorktown-victory-center
Updated on December 10, 2017.