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War for Independence History Tour

Charleston, South Carolina April 29 — May 4, 2012

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The Tour

Retrace the footsteps of legendary southern patriots such as the “Swamp Fox,” Francis Marion, as we travel in private coach from the Spanish moss covered live oaks and cypress swamps of Savannah to the rolling foothills of the Appalachians, exploring the crucial role that these outnumbered and outmatched patriots played in the formation of our country.

Along the way, enjoy the warmth of Christian fellowship, visit the infamous site of Ft. Moultrie, take a walking tour of remarkably beautiful historic Charleston, peer into the impenetrable cypress swamps of the low country, examine significant battlefields with renowned historians, trespass into the lair of the ghost-like “Swamp Fox,” visit centuries-old plantations, and discover how the Revolutionary War history of the South presents timely lessons for Christians in our day and age.

What we’ll learn...

  • A Biblical Perspective on History
  • The Reformation/Christian Heritage of Our Nation
  • God’s Providential Hand in History
  • Why the War for Independence?
  • The Importance of the War in the South
  • The Key Players in the Southern Theater
  • The Impact that Dedicated Minorities can have on History
  • The Character Qualities of Great Leaders and the Faults of Bad Leaders
  • What Do These Lessons Mean to Us Today?

King's Mountain

(October 7, 1780) – A striking victory coming on the heels of military disaster and embarrassment in the South.

Theodore Roosevelt called it “a brilliant victory,” marking “the turning point of the American Revolution.” Thomas Jefferson labeled it “the turn of the tide of success.” Herbert Hoover elaborated in his address at Kings Mountain, “This is a place of inspiring memories. Here ... men, inspired by the urge of freedom, defeated a superior force entrenched in this strategic position. This small band of Patriots turned back a dangerous invasion well designed to separate and dismember the united Colonies. It was a little army and a little battle, but it was of mighty portent. History has done scant justice to its significance, which rightly should place it beside Lexington, Bunker Hill, Trenton and Yorktown.”

Following a succession of disasters and embarrassments in the Carolinas, the victory at Kings Mountain (October 7, 1780) was indeed a pivotal moment in the history of the American Revolution. The fall of Charleston (the largest American surrender during the Revolutionary War), the annihilation of another military force at the Battle of Camden, and the Waxhaw Massacre, had severely depleted Patriot morale. As a result of the Patriots’ unexpected sweeping victory at Kings Mountain, the Tories of the Carolina Back Country were destroyed as a military force; Ferguson’s command was eliminated; and the threat of Patriot militia forced Lord Cornwallis to give up his plans of invading North Carolina, evacuate Charlotte, and retreat to South Carolina.

Interesting facts:

  • Some 1,100 volunteers from southwest Virginia and present-day northeast Tennessee, known as the “Overmountain Men” (so named because they had settled into the wilderness west of the Appalachian Mountains ridgeline) fought in the battle of King’s Mountain.

  • Kings Mountain was one of the few major battles of the war fought entirely between Americans; no British troops served here.

  • Large numbers of riflemen fought here. Rifles were not used often by either side; a rifle was a hunting weapon, used by families on the frontier. At Kings Mountain, the American militia mainly used rifles, while the Loyalist troops mainly used muskets.

  • The Battle was fought on unique terrain. The Loyalists were camped on top of a shoe-shaped mountain, and the Patriots fought from below.

Battle of Cowpens

(January 17, 1781) – A decisive victory, a turning point in the retaking of South Carolina from the British.

The Battle of Cowpens (January 17, 1781) was a decisive victory by American Revolutionary forces under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan, in the Southern campaign of the American Revolutionary War.

After suspending for a time his plans to invade North Carolina after the British defeat at Kings Mountain, Lord Cornwallis renewed his plans for a North Carolina attack. The patriot Daniel Morgan (who had served in the Siege of Boston, the Battle of Quebec, and at Saratoga) was sent by Gen. Nathanael Greene with part of his army to raise morale, find supplies, protect the local citizens, and take command of the militia west of the Catawba River.

Meanwhile Lord Cornwallis, feeling that Daniel Morgan’s presence was a threat to his flank, and that Morgan might have plans to attack the Fort at Ninety Six, sent the infamous Lt. Colonel Banastre Tarelton, (a.k.a. “Bloody Ban”), known for his legion’s butchery at the Battle of Waxhaws, to do battle with Morgan. Tarleton’s pursuit of Morgan came to a head at a place known as “Cowpens.”

According to historian John Buchanan, Morgan may have been, "the only general in the American Revolution, on either side, to produce a significant original tactical thought.” Morgan knew his men and knew his enemy, and took advantage of the terrain. In explaining his strategy, Morgan said, "the whole idea is to lead Benny [Tarleton] into a trap so we can beat his cavalry and infantry as they come up those slopes. When they've been cut down to size by our fire, we'll attack them."

Morgan intentionally positioned himself between the Broad and Pacolet Rivers, discouraging any attempt at retreat on his soldiers’ part. He then placed his forces in three lines, terraced up a small hill. The first line was composed of skirmishers, the second of militia. Knowing that the militia would have a tendency to break, Morgan instructed them to fire two volleys and then withdraw behind the third line, composed of seasoned continentals.

Tarleton entered the field of battle, and without waiting for all of his wearied forces to come out into the clearing, began to attack. Mistaking the withdrawal of the militia as a retreat, the British rushed headlong into the deadly fire of the continentals and regrouped militia.

The battle was soon over, with Tarleton suffering an 86% casualty rate and the Americans capturing 712 prisoners of war. Worse yet for the British, these fallen soldiers represented the cream of the crop of their army in the South. The Battle of Cowpens was a decisive victory for the Patriots

Fort Moultrie

The site of the Battle of Sullivan’s Island (June 28, 1776), in which outmatched and under provisioned Patriots fought off a sizable British fleet.

It can be argued that no greater testament to the effectiveness of dedicated minorities can be found than that of Fort Moultrie, site of the Battle of Sullivan’s Island. On June 28, 1776 (just days before the signing of the Declaration of Independence), a British fleet of nine ships, intent on capturing Charleston, attacked the Patriots’ Fort Sullivan, which protected the entrance to Charleston Harbor. The four hundred patriots were outmatched and under provisioned, and the palmetto log and sand fort was only half constructed. British Admiral Sir Peter Parker was confident of his success. How could such a hastily constructed fort be successfully defended by a small number of inexperienced patriots?

Around 10:00 in the morning, six British ships began attacking the fort. Lacking sufficient shot and powder, the Patriots’ fire was slow and deliberate, provoking one British observer to later comment, “Their fire was surprisingly well served” and “slow, but decisive indeed; they were very cool and took care not to fire except their guns were exceedingly well directed.”

At noon, three additional British ships were sent on a roundabout route to enfilade (subject to fire from a flank) the fort’s main firing platform. Providentially, all three ships grounded on an uncharted sandbar, resulting in the later destruction of one of them, the Actaeon. This providential deliverance was not lost on commander Colonel Moultrie: “Had these three ships effected their purpose, they would have enfiladed us in such a manner, as to have driven us from our guns.” The name of Fort Sullivan was later changed to Fort Moultrie in honor of the brave leadership of its commander.

Severe damage was inflicted on the British with few losses on the American side due to the spongy nature of the Palmetto logs that made up the fort. Darkness forced an end to the battle, and the British fleet withdrew, not to be seen again for another three years at the fall of Charleston, leaving the important colony of South Carolina to help fund the northern war effort.

Henry Laurens’ Plantation

Beautiful plantation of wealthy patriot Henry Laurens, president of the Continental Congress, diplomat to Holland, and British prisoner.

On our tour, we will visit the site of Henry Laurens’ plantation. Prior to the war, Laurens was a wealthy trader of rice, indigo, wine and slaves. Laurens served as president of the Continental Congress, and was subsequently sent as diplomat to Holland. On the way he was captured by the British and held in the Tower of London for 15 months. When offered pardons contingent on pledging his service to the British cause, Laurens responded, “I will never subscribe to my own infamy and to the dishonor of my children.” He was later traded in a prisoner exchange for none other than Lord Charles Cornwallis. After later serving as ambassador to Great Britain, Henry Laurens retired to his plantation a broken man, after losing both his son and his wealth in the war.

Henry Laurens’ son, John, set a sterling example of patriotism for his country. John Laurens served as George Washington’s aid-de-camp; fought in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth; succeeded on his crucial mission to obtain assistance from the French government; fought in Yorktown; and, along with Visount de Noailles, headed surrender negotiations with Cornwallis. Tragically, John Laurens fell near the end of the war in the British ambush at Combahee Ferry.

Jekyll Island

An island off of Georgia’s coast where the Federal Reserve was secretly drafted in 1910 by some of the world’s wealthiest men.

For those with an interest in economics and our current debt crisis, a trip to Jekyll Island with our well researched historians may well be the highlight of the tour. In 1910 Senator Nelson W. Aldrich, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Department A. Piatt Andrew, and five of the country’s leading financiers, representing one fifth of the world’s wealth at that time, travelled under strict secrecy by private rail car to the exclusive “Jekyll Island Clubhouse.“ There, they drafted the plans for a Central Bank, the Federal Reserve. Join us to discover the reasons for their secrecy, as well as how their creation clearly has the characteristics of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Mr. Hyde.”

The Swamp Fox's Lair

The hidden site of Francis Marion’s camp, known as the “Swamp Fox’s Lair.”

When later taunted about his failure to subdue Marion and his men, Cornwallis replied, “I could not capture web-footed men who could subsist on roots and berries.” Marion’s men were poorly provisioned, making their swords from converted farm tools, and more often than not surviving on bad water, sweet potatoes, and rarely a small ration of unsalted beef. Many lost their homes and property to the attacks of British troops and Loyalist partisans alike.

Weather dependent, we will travel by canoe and kayak with our experienced water and history guides into the heart of this thick woodland forest grotto. Access to the swampy island of Francis Marion's encampment is restricted, making this the trip of a lifetime!

Our four days of touring the Lowcountry and surrounding areas are jam-packed with historical sites and lessons to learn. But there are still many more interesting and important sites to visit in the Charleston area! Join one of our mini-tours to explore a famous old plantation, visit an island fort, venture onto a giant aircraft carrier, or tour the elaborate mansions of ancient historical figures. Mini-tours will take place on May 4 and are open to anyone, not just History Tour attendees. See the Register section for more details.

Fort Sumter

Ride the ferry across the harbor to one of Charleston’s most significant historical sites. Dating back to the beginning of the 1800’s, Fort Sumter saw the first shot of the War Between the States.

USS Yorktown

Tour a real World War II era aircraft carrier! Nearly three football fields long and over 30,000 tons, the USS Yorktown was sunk in the epic 1942 Battle of Midway.

Middleton Place

Spend the day walking the oldest landscaped gardens in the United States and touring the remaining building of this plantation that was burned by Union troops in 1885 and further damaged by Charleston’s 1886 earthquake. Dating back to the 1730’s, Middleton Place was home to the president of the First Continental Congress, Henry Middleton, and one of the youngest signers of the Declaration of Independence, Arthur Middleton.

H. L. Hunley

The first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship, the H.L. Hunley actually sank three times, but was recovered each time until its final disappearance outside Charleston Harbor after its successful attack on the USS Housatonic in 1864. It wasn’t until over a hundred years later that its location was discovered, and not until 2000 that the submarine was raised.


On our travels we will be accompanied by first rate historians, who will make history come alive as they share their wealth of knowledge about the War for Independence in the South! They will expertly analyze the events leading up to the War for Independence, the war itself, and its aftermath from a wholeheartedly Christian framework.

William E. Potter

Bill Potter has been teaching history since 1974 to students of every age. Bill’s approach is thoroughly grounded in a biblical worldview, as he successfully combines academic rigor with captivating story-telling.

His formal educational background includes degrees from Cedarville University, The University of Dayton, and PhD. work at The College of William and Mary. He and his wife, Leslie, home-schooled their eight children over a period of twenty eight years. They have ten grandchildren.

Bill is currently an independent scholar serving as Historian and Curator of The American History Guild and is the Staff Historian for The Vision Forum of San Antonio Texas. He lives in Alpharetta, Georgia and is an elder at Chalcedon Reformed Presbyterian Church of Cumming, Georgia.

Marshall Foster

Dr. Marshall Foster is the founder and president of the Mayflower Institute, a non-profit educational foundation. Since 1976, Marshall and the Institute have been dedicated to teaching and reclaiming America’s Godly heritage.

Across America, hundreds of thousands of lives have been impacted by Marshall’s seminars, educational materials and tours, media appearances and most significantly by his contagious love for Jesus Christ. For nearly four decades his passion to unite this land as “One Nation Under God” has inspired young and old alike.

Dr. Foster is a nationally recognized historian, best-selling author, popular keynote speaker, and syndicated radio host. His biblical and historical wisdom offers a new generation hope for a lasting spiritual and cultural revival.

Our tour is based in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, rated a Top Two event destination by Condé Nast. Charleston is so historically rich that even European visitors are amazed by the scope of its meticulously preserved historic district. Homes from the 1700’s and 1800’s are the norm, with significant historical plaques on every other street corner. Charleston is a city of romance, with elegant dining, picturesque bed and breakfasts, and stunningly beautiful alleyways with well-kept gardens behind every intricate wrought iron fence.

From Charleston, we will travel into the surrounding areas, exploring the low country of South Carolina – a land of lush Cyprus swamps, aged plantations, and verdant waterways – and beyond.

An Enchanting Setting

Battle of Kings Mountain (October 7, 1780)

A striking victory coming on the heels of military disaster and embarrassment in the South, marking a pivotal point in the war. Cornwallis was forced to give up plans to invade North Carolina, and the patriot troops’ morale was greatly raised.

Battle of Cowpens (January 17, 1781)

A decisive victory by American Revolutionary forces under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan, in the Southern campaign of the American Revolutionary War. It was a turning point in the effort to retake South Carolina from the British.

Battle of Waxhaws (Waxhaw Massacre, May 29, 1780)

Fought by Patriots against a Loyalist force led by Banastre Tarleton. As a result of the brutality of Tarleton and his men when the patriots surrendered, “Tarleton’s quarter” became a common expression for butchery, and subsequent battles in the Carolinas saw few prisoners taken alive.

Snows Island

The site of Francis Marion’s camp during much of his warfare. It is a mysterious place; no one is quite certain of the exact location on the island of the wily Swamp Fox’s encampment, and very few have made it out to his swampy retreat. It is now privately owned, and access is restricted.

Battle of Camden (August 16, 1780)

A major British victory in the Southern theater of the American Revolutionary War. British forces under Lord Cornwallis routed the American forces of Major General Horatio Gates, strengthening the British hold on the Carolinas and suppressing most colonial resistance for a time.


Hometown of many of Marion’s men. We will tour the carefully restored 1749 colonial home of one of Marion’s core men, John Witherspoon (descendant of Robert the Bruce and John Knox, and nephew to the famed Dr. John Witherspoon of Princeton).


A crucial port for supplying troops further inland during the war. Caravans of supplies and troops leaving Georgetown for the British post at Camden were frequently raided by Marion and his men. Georgetown was attacked several times by Marion before eventually being abandoned by the British, yielding much needing supplies for the American cause.

Henry Lauren’s Plantation

Beautiful plantation of wealthy patriot Henry Laurens, president of the Continental Congress, diplomat to Holland, and British prisoner. Today, it is a well-kept Trappist Monastery known as Mepkin Abbey.

Old Sheldon Church Ruins

A southern church, burned by the British in 1779, rebuilt, and burned again by Sherman in 1865. While touring the picturesque ruins, we will examine the role that local churches played in the War for Independence, and discuss the British practice of torching churches they labeled as “sedition shops.”

Savannah, GA

A town settled in 1733, which saw significant events unfold during the Great Awakening. American and French forces tried to retake Savannah from the British during the War for Independence, but their attempt was unsuccessful. Built around 22 monument laden squares, it is known for its Spanish moss draped live oaks, hospitality and fine dining.

Jekyll Island (Further south)

An island off of Georgia’s coast where the Federal Reserve was secretly drafted in 1910 by some of the world’s wealthiest men. We will visit Jekyll Island, tour the clubhouse where these men met, and learn from our historians how “The Creature from Jekyll Island” affects us today.

Fort Moultrie

The site of the Battle of Sullivan’s Island (June 28, 1776). Outmatched and under provisioned Patriots fought off a sizable British fleet in Charleston Harbor from behind a halfway constructed palmetto log fort.


Known as Charles Towne from its founding in 1670 until 1783, and commonly referred to today as the “Holy City,” due to the many church steeples that grace the low, preserved skyline. It played a prominent part in both the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

Middleton Plantation

Owned by the president of the First Continental Congress, and home to the oldest landscaped gardens in the United States. It was burned by Union troops during the War Between the States, and further damaged in Charleston’s 1886 earthquake.

Fort Sumter

The Union fort that received the first shot in the War Between the States. While Fort Sumter dates back to the beginning of the 1800’s, and did not play a role in the War for Independence, it is an important landmark in Charleston. Tour this fort on one of our mini-tours.

Day 1 Opening dinner and introductions at the Old Exchange Building & Provost Dungeons

The night’s festivities will start off with appetizers and private tours of the dungeons, and will proceed with a sumptuous Southern inspired feast, introductions and opening talks. Pre-dating the war for Independence, the Old Exchange Building is full of tales from the war. George Washington was entertained here, patriot Isaac Hayne ate his last meal in the dungeon before heading to the gallows, and Patriot gunpowder was successfully hidden from the British.

Day 2 Travel in private coach to visit Fort Moultrie, Savannah, GA, and Jekyll Island

Today we will visit Fort Moultrie, where handfuls of Patriots, manning a crude half constructed fort with insufficient ammunition, managed to drive off the British fleet. We will drive South through the scenic Spanish moss laden low country to historic Savannah, GA. Along the way, we will discuss the events leading up to the War for Independence and its early stages including the fall of Savannah and Charleston. Once we reach Savannah, there are two opportunities: spend time exploring this fascinating city and take time for a relaxing dinner, or take the buses further south to Jekyll Island for a private tour of the Jekyll Island Clubhouse and a talk on the “Creature from Jekyll Island.”

Day 3 Learn about the Reformation heritage of the Revolutionary War, then discover Charleston’s rich history as we take a walking tour of Charleston

Our day will begin in centuries old Hibernian Hall, listening as one of our historians discusses the role the Reformation had in the War for Independence. We will then explore Charleston, walking the Battery, passing through beautiful alleyways, and visiting the mansions of key historical figures in the fight for independence in the South. Enjoy lunch and dinner breaks to sample the local cuisine.

Day 4 Follow the steps of Francis Marion

Day 4 will be centered around the life and lore of the illustrious “Swamp Fox” and his men. As we listen to our historians share their rich knowledge of history, we will pass by some of the many sites where the wily Swamp Fox defeated forces much larger than his own through his pioneering guerilla tactics; visit Kingstree, the hometown of the majority of his men; and then take a sunset boat tour of the Swamp Fox’s swampy lair.

Day 5 The turning point of the war – The Battle of Camden, Waxhaw Massacre, Kings Mountain and Cowpens

Today will prompt discussion on how Christians should respond to hard times as we tour the sites of the dispiriting Battle of Camden and the infamous Waxhaw Massacre, and study the notorious Banastre Tarleton. Our morale will improve as we see the providence of God at the monumental battlefields of Kings Mountain and Cowpens, both turning points of the war. Dinner is on your own in scenic Greenville, SC.

Day 6 Closing breakfast, concluding talks, and optional mini-tours

We will conclude our tour with a catered breakfast and final talks. Then, fellowship with other attendees, walk through Charleston’s historic district, head home, or participate in one of the optional mini-tours with our historians (see below).

Secure your seat on the War for Independence 2012 History Tour! Register early to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount. Tour is limited to 150 participants, and each mini tour is capped at 50, so don’t delay!

Where to Stay

From inexpensive yet comfortable accommodations to luxurious centuries old mansions, Charleston has much to offer in the way of lodging! For tour attendees, we have procured special group rates at the Mills House Hotel (our base hotel) and Days Inn Downtown. If you are looking for a special retreat, you may consider one of Charleston’s beautiful historic Bed and Breakfast options.

Regular Price:

Adult: $625
Child (3-16): $575
Free Children under 3 (must be able to sit on parent's lap on bus):
Family Pass (4 or more tour tickets):
$375 Adult:
$345 Child (ages 3-16):

Mills House

The Mills House Hotel, our base hotel, is a gem among historic Charleston hotels. Blending opulent accommodations, historic ambiance, and modern convenience, this luxury Charleston hotel treats you to true southern hospitality, the same hospitality it showed its first guest over 150 years ago. Hurry! Special discounted group rate of $189 a night currently available!

Historical Bed & Breakfasts

Charleston is well known for its exquisite architecture and historic mansions dating to the 17th and 18th centuries. Many of these old homes have been meticulously restored with attention to period details, and opened as bed & breakfasts. Enjoy true Southern hospitality and luxury during your time in Charleston!

Days Inn

If you would like to enjoy a middle-of-everything location, this is it! You will not be able to beat their group rates! All rooms feature free wi-fi and refrigerators. Hurry! Special discounted group rate of $110 a night currently available!


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Q. How old was the Marquis de Lafayette when he was commissioned Major General in the American army and made aide-de-camp to George Washington?


A. He was just 20 years old!


Not only is learning about history fun and exciting, but studying the lessons of history can, and should be life changing. In order to get the most out of your trip, here is a list of helpful resources, as well as some interesting historical trivia to whet your appetite. The following books cover several different age ranges.

Francis Marion and the Legend of the Swamp Foxby Kate Salley Palmer

A wonderful introduction to Francis Marion “The Swamp Fox,” this picture rich book is perfect for children of all ages!

The Life of Francis Marionby William Gilmore Simms

One of the most authoritative biographies of the elusive “Swamp Fox” was penned by William Gilmore Simms. Learn about the ancestors of Marion, the reformed French Huguenots, and their exodus to America, Marion’s young life including his shipwreck at sea, his time spent fighting in the Indian Wars, and his rise to fame as a leader of men during the War for Independence.

Swamp Fox: General Francis Marion and his Guerrilla Fighters of the American Revolutionary Warby William Dobein James

This is written by one of Marion’s own militia members, and tells the story of Marion as the American general who waged a guerrilla war against British forces, harassing them and eventually helping to drive the British Army out of South Carolina

American History to 1865by Rousas John Rushdoony

This set is the most theologically complete assessment of early American history available, yet it is simple and clear enough to make it ideal for young students. R.J. Rushdoony reveals the philosophical and theological foundation of American History, and describes not just the facts of history, but the leading motives and movements behind them. There can be no understanding of American History without an understanding of the ideas which undergirded its founding and growth.

This Independent Republicby Rousas John Rushdoony

These essays will greatly improve your understanding of, and appreciation for, American history. Among other subjects, it discusses how the ideas of political  sovereignty were foreign to colonial thought.

The Patriotby Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

The main character of this film is loosely based off of Francis Marion, and the villain is loosely based off of Banistre Tarletan. This epic movie is worth watching, as it engagingly captures the feelings of defeat and triumph of the Americans in the day of Francis Marion. Warning: Violence and graphic battle scenes.

Daniel Morgan: Revolutionary Riflemanby Don Higginbotham

Learn about Daniel Morgan, one of the most gifted bettlefield tacticians of the war, and hero of the game-changing Battle of Cowpens!

The Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinasby John Buchanan

The Revolution was the most important event in American history. And the Carolinas, Buchanan convincingly argues, were the most critical theater in that conflict, with their wild Back Country seeing “a little-known but savage civil war far exceeding anything in the North.”

Washington's General: Nathanael Greene and the Triumph of the American Revolutionby Terry Golway

In the war’s darkest days, in late 1780, Greene was appointed commander in the Southern theater, where the British had nearly swept all before them. Without ever winning a major battle, Greene, Golway shows, kept his army in the field, supported Patriot militias and suppressed Tory ones, undercut British logistics, eventually forced Cornwallis north to Yorktown and besieged Charleston.

The Revolutionary War in the Southern Backcountry by James Swisher

Small armies of men waged a ferocious series of battles in the southern theater, changing the outcome of the Revolutionary War. When the British effort to subdue the Colonies moved to the southern provinces, the men of Appalachia sought to protect their homes and families. In the winter of 1780-81, the turning point of the southern war occurred in the Carolina back country. A trio of battles occurred at Kings Mountain, Cowpens, and Guilford Court House. These clashes proved pivotal to American independence, destroying British army capability in the south and facilitating the American victory at Yorktown.

The Southern Strategy: Britain's Conquest of South Carolina and Georgia, 1775-1780by David K. Wilson

A finalist for the 2005 Distinguished Writing Award of the Army Historical Foundation and the 2005 Thomas Fleming Book Award of the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia, The Southern Strategy shifts the traditional vantage point of the American Revolution from the Northern colonies to the South in this study of the critical period from 1775 to the spring of 1780. David K. Wilson suggests that the paradox of the British defeat in 1781–after Crown armies had crushed all organized resistance in South Carolina and Georgia–makes sense only if one understands the fundamental flaws in what modern historians label Britain’s “Southern Strategy”.

The Signers: The 56 Stories Behind the Declaration of Independence by Dennis Brindell Fradin

Grade 4-6-Most children may know that John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence, but do they know about the other 55 signers? Each of these men had a life before, during, and after his historical act, yet most of them are unknown. Fradin gives brief, fascinating glimpses into the people who have been overlooked as well as those with whom readers might be familiar. This well-organized book is divided into 13 sections-one for each of the colonies. Each section begins with a brief history of the colony, including its industries, population, and notable persons during the years leading up to and during the American Revolution.

Essay Contest

Essay contest is for those ages 16 and under. Deadline is midnight on January 15th 2012, and the winner will be announced on January 30th, 2012. If the winner is not able to attend the tour, the prize will be passed on to the 2nd place winner, and so on.

Please e-mail submissions to: info@thevalleyforge.com! 



One free admission to the War for Independence History Tour 2012


First Edition of "The Life of Francis Marion" by William Gilmore Simms (Circa 1844)


Revolutionary War era replica "Bunker Hill" sword


Essay contest is for those ages 16 and under. Deadline is midnight on January 15th 2012, and the winner will be announced on January 30th, 2012. If the winner is not able to attend the tour, the prize will be passed on to the 2nd place winner, and so on.
Please e-mail submissions to: info@thevalleyforge.com!