Image courtesy of Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Battle of Brandywine in Four Minutes

The Battle of Brandywine in 4 Minutes, with Tom McGuire, from Campaign 1776.

"American Revolutions: A Continental History," Alan Taylor, October 5, 2016

On October 5, Alan Taylor will speak at the University of Richmond on “American Revolutions: A Continental History,” the subject of his new book.  This is a Society of Cincinnati Lecture.  Check here.

Site of Revolutionary War Battlefield Located

Thanks to Bruce Venter for the following:

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) _ Historians say they've found the site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Grays Hill on the South Carolina coast.

There's a roadside marker on U.S. 21 north of Beaufort generally describing the battle, but The Beaufort Gazette reports ( ) the exact site of the 1779 encounter was only recently discovered.

During the battle, continental regulars, South Carolina militia and volunteers turned back a British attempt to capture nearby Port Royal.

Historians Daniel Battle and John Allison found the site using metal detectors. The location won't be revealed until the property can be purchased. The battlefield spans 12 acres and is owned by three property owners. The historians will present their findings and artifacts during a talk in Beaufort in October.

Information from: The Beaufort Gazette,

The Road to Yorktown, John Maass, September 28, 2016

When Polegreen Church was formed in the mid-18th Century, revolution was in the air. And the next speaker in our popular lecture series, Dr. John Maass, will join us September 28 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. to explore the drama that unfolded.

To be held at the University of Richmond's Jepson Hall, Dr. Maass' presentation will explore the British invasion of Central Virginia in the campaign leading up to the Siege of Yorktown in October 1781.

A military historian with broad experience, Dr. Maass will have copies of his latest book -- The Road to Yorktown: Jefferson, Lafayette and the British Invasion of Virginia -- available for signings.

Admission is free, and the event will be held in Lecture Hall 120 - just inside the main entrance to UR's Jepson Hall School of Leadership Studies (not the Alumni Center).

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

"The Swamp Fox Rides Again," October 27-30, 2016

Lynne and Bruce Venter, America's History LLC, presents "The Swamp Fox Rides Again,” led by our friend Charles Baxley from October 27 - 30, 2016. 

For more information:

14th Annual Francis Marion Symposium, October 21-22, 2016

Save the date & plan to come, register within the month for the early-bird discount. Please share with those interested. We’ve planned the presenters and two dinner theaters.

14th Francis Marion/Swamp Fox Symposium  -  Oct 21-22, 2016, Manning, SC
Explore the Revolutionary War Southern Campaign with General Francis Marion.
Immerse yourself in Francis Marion's world and the and the significance of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution.

Francis Marion and the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War, topics to be included:

Agenda is in-progress, & starts about 2:00 on Friday, Oct  21
Includes presentations & Friday dinner theater & Saturday dinner theater:
Mike C: Marion & Fort Fair Lawn
John O: "A patriot (but not ‘The Patriot')“
Randell J: Routes to what became the Battle of Kings Mountain
Larry B: The Bullets They Fired
Bill S:  SC Churches burned during the American Revolution
John A:  The Battle of Shubrick's Plantation, Marion & Sumter Fight Together for the Last Time
Steven S:   Col. Hezekiah Maham, The Soldier
Steve S: “New Interpretations of the Siege of Fort Motte”
Mark M: Folksinger/Songwriter/Guitarist, with Rev. War songs
Janet D & Bob M: A one-act play:  “Bloody Ribbons ... The Women …”

Site: FE DuBose Campus, Central Carolina Technical College, I-95, Exit 122, Manning, SC
- Register Soon.
(Lectures, reception, lunch & dinner theater)  Price: $ 95     ($175 / couple)
(Early bird $90/$165 by Sept 19)  Registration closes 10/14/16
The Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society is a 501(c)(3), non-profit.

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Interview with Mark Lender

Visit the Mount Vernon website for an interview with our own Mark Lender about his new book Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle, the new Monmouth standard.  Mark and Garry’s book has been nominated for the George Washington Award.  Congratulations!