"Campaigning with the 'Gamecock'"
Life and Campaigns of Brig. Gen. Thomas Sumter Mini-Symposium and Field Trips--April 8-10, 2005. The symposium will be held at the Kershaw-Cornwallis House at Historic Camden from 1:00-5:00 pm on Friday, April 8th. Lead presenter, Dr. Dan L. Morrill, history professor at UNC-Charlotte and author of Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution, will address Thomas Sumter’s life up to 1780 – his early Virginia years, military service in French and Indian War and Continental Army, London trip with three Cherokee Chiefs to meet King George III, financial problems, and move to South Carolina. Dr. Thomas L. Powers, USC-Sumter history professor, will discuss Gen. Sumter, the gutsy partisan commander of the SC militia during the 1780-81 Southern Campaign and the tactics and battles that earned him the name of the “Gamecock.” Thomas S. Tisdale, Charleston lawyer and author of A Lady of the High Hills, a biography about the general’s daughter-in-law, will review Sumter’s distinguished post-war years in politics and business. The symposium will close with a panel discussion about Thomas Sumter by the presenters and Dr. Jeffrey W. Dennis, professor of history at Morehead State College, Ky.
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