The Swamp Fox. The Gamecock. Old Hickory. The names from Revolutionary War South Carolina are some of the most famous in US military history. Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, ran the British ragged in the Low Country. The young Andrew Jackson, “Old Hickory”, endured wartime tragedy to find the indomitable character that would carry him to the presidency. With a little help from friends such as Nathanael Greene and Daniel Morgan, these warriors fought for liberty against Redcoats at places as renowned as the men themselves – Cowpens, Camden, Kings Mountain, Ninety Six, Sullivan’s Island. The 21 tours in this book tell about Revolutionary War South Carolina at the sites where events occurred – at the homes of participants, on battlefields, at the graves of men and women who sacrificed for freedom. South Carolinians maintain that their home saw more Revolutionary War action than any other colony – over 200 battles and skirmishes. Readers will quickly perceive the truth behind the Palmetto State’s claim of being the “Battleground of Freedom.”
By Daniel W. Barefoot; published by John F. Blair, 1999; Paperback; 337 pages; $21.95
In Georgetown County, South Carolina, author Ramona La Roche has compiled a wide array of unique photographs and images, matched with informative research, capturing black life throughout the area, from the early farms and plantations to the local businesses in downtown Georgetown to the many churches and schools that dot the county’s landscape. This is a wonderful journey into the county’s history and a fitting testament to the black community’s contributions, which have helped to shape the special character of Georgetown County.
Arcadia Publishing – Black America Series, 2000; Paperback, 128 pages; $21.99
“This history of Georgetown County is obviously a labor of love, based on a comprehensive knowledge of the history of the Palmetto State and an extensive search into the records of the Winyah Bay area. Seven years in the making, this book is a model to be emulated by other county historians…This is a book for all history-of-the-South enthusiasts. It is scholarly, interesting, and readable.” – North Carolina Historical Review
By George C. Rogers, Jr. Published by the Georgetown County Historical Society; Sixth Printing; $37.50.
The epic history of Winyah Bay’s wooden boats stretches back to 1526 when Spanish explorers sailed through the inlet and were greeted by Native Americans in dugout canoes. The English settled Georgetown and the bay’s shores in 1736 to begin a legacy of rice and indigo plantations, and Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette first landed on American soil at Winyah Bay in 1777. From the end of the Civil War until the beginning of WWII, hundreds of wooden schooners loaded lumber in the Port of Georgetown and braved storms off Cape Hatteras to deliver cargo to northern cities, as fishermen fished the rivers and the bay in wooden dories, bateaux and skiffs. Local author and wooden boat enthusiast Robert McAlister reveals the history of the bygone era, when majestic wooden ships deftly traversed the glimmering water of Winyah Bay.
The History Press, 2011; 126 pages; 6″ x 9″; $19.99
North Island has always been the beacon from the sea leading toward Georgetown, South Carolina. It was an island of exploration for the Spanish in 1526 and the first landing place of Lafayette, France’s hero of the American Revolution, in 1777. It was a summer resort for aristocratic rice planters and their slaves from Georgetown and Waccamaw Neck until 1861. North Island’s lighthouse, built in 1812, led thousands of sailing ships from all over the world past massive stone jetties and through Winyah Bay to Georgetown. Today, North Island is a sanctuary and laboratory for the study of nature’s effects on this unique barrier island. Join historian Robert McAlister as he recounts the island’s storied past.
Paperback; 6″ x 9″; 121 pages; $21.99