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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
The South Carolina State Museum recognizes the state's crucial role in the American Revolutionary War with an exhibit running through August.
"South Carolina was the most prosperous colony, one of the crown jewels of Great Britain's colonial empire," said Museum Curator of History JoAnn Zeise. She says the state was pivotal to the American Revolution politically, economically and socially.
"Proportion-wise, the amount of South Carolinians who died in battle during the Revolution were the same as during the Civil War," she said. "The number was smaller, but the proportion was the same, so it affected everyone in South Carolina. Without South Carolina's political support, America would not have been successful in the war."
More battles were fought in South Carolina than any other state. Loyalties were divided among neighbors.
"It was really a civil war here in South Carolina where patriots who were for the American cause and loyalists who remained loyal to Britain fought against each other," said Zeise. "And in many battles, there may be only one or two people actually from Britain… It was really South Carolinian against South Carolinian."
The state's fight for national independence also led to the state flag as we know it today. Fort Moultrie, off the coast of Charleston, withstood bombardment from British ships thanks to its construction of sand and palmetto logs.
"All the sand and palmetto that was there saved the fort," Zeise said. "And that's one of the reasons that the palmetto tree is on our flag."
The palmetto tree was combined with the indigo flat and crescent flown over the fort at the time of the battle.
"Because of this crucial, crucial victory for the Americans, the first real victory for the Americans during the Revolution, that flag became a part of our state flag. "
The American Revolutionary War in South Carolina includes the roles of women, African-Americans and Native Americans in the war. In conjunction with the exhibit, a series of programs will be
offered on June 14, 21 and 28. Click here for details.
The American Revolutionary War in South Carolina
In conjunction with the South Carolina State
temporary exhibit, The American
Revolutionary War in South Carolina,
the museum will host a series of discussions led by guest speakers. The
discussions are included with museum general admission or membership. Visit scmuseum.org/exhibits to learn more about the exhibit and upcoming Revolutionary War events. The following discussions will take place at the State Museum:
The Spy Named Emily– Saturday, June 14 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The State Museum will produce a family-friendly play, "The Spy Named Emily," where young museum guests will have the opportunity to star in the play and learn about
Emily Geiger, a young patriot spy. Guests will also experience what life was
like during the American Revolution by seeing replicas of objects from the time
period. In addition, there will be a fun game of Jeopardy that will challenge guests with questions based on the exhibit.
for Freedom" – Saturday, June 14 at 1 p.m. Dr. Anthony J. Scotti Jr., a history instructor at Midlands Technical College will discuss the importance of the Revolution in South Carolina and highlight some key battles. Dr. Scotti has published many scholarly articles
including Brutal Virtue: The Myth and Reality of Banastre Tarleton
"Real People, Making
Real Decisions, in Real Time" –
Saturday, June 21 at 1 p.m. John McCabe
serves as the chairman of the South Carolina State Museum Foundation, the
Partisan Society of The Congaree and the Francis Marion Memorial Committee. He
also serves as the vice president of the Colonel Thomas Taylor Chapter of the
Sons of the American Revolution. McCabe will focus his discussion on South
Carolinian partisan, political and continental army leaders, including Francis
Marion, William Danger Thompson, Henry Laurens and others who faced internal
struggles pitting neighbor against neighbor.
"Trying to Keep the
Southern Frontier Quiet, 1776- 1780" – Saturday,
June 21 at 3 p.m. Dr. Fritz Hamer, curator of published
at the South Caroliniana Library, will explore how in 1776 the Cherokee nation
thought they could push the white settlers off their lands with British
assistance. This presentation will examine the fallout of the Cherokee war on
native groups and the tenuous effort of George Galphin, American Commissioner
for Southern Indian affairs, to keep them neutral.
"Women of the Revolutionary War" – Saturday, June 28 at 1 p.m. JoAnn Zeise, curator of history at the State Museum,
will put the lives of women in 18th century America in context by
exploring their roles in society
and the creation of republican motherhood. While looking at women from various racial and social backgrounds,
focus on several South Carolina women whose lives and actions made
great contributions to the war effort and the creation of our new country.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
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Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
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Monday, September 1 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:35:14 GMT
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You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
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Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
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