The names from Revolutionary War South Carolina are some of the most famous in United States military history. Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox," ran the British ragged in the Low Country. Thomas Sumter, the "Gamecock," was the headstrong, controversial general of the Piedmont. Andrew Pickens, the "Fighting Elder," kept partisan spirit alive in the Upcountry. 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 like Banastre Tarleton and Torries like Bloody Bill Cunningham 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."
Dan Barefoot was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 18, 1951. He is a 1973 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina School of law.
Dan Barefoot is the author of four travel guides, Touring the Backroads of North Carolina’s Upper Coast, Touring the Backroads of North Carolina’s Lower Coast, Touring South Carolina’s Revolutionary War Sites, and Touring North Carolina’s Revolutionary War Sites; the biography of esteemed confederate general Robert Hoke entitled General Robert F. Hoke: Lee’s Modest Warrior; and a trilogy of ghost stories representing all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, Seaside Spectres, Piedmont Phantoms, and Haints of the Hills. Barefoot’s most recent books are Haunted Halls of Ivy: Ghosts of Southern Colleges and Universities, Let Us Die Like Brave Men, Hark the Sound of Tar Heel Voices, and Spirits of ’76.
From 1998 until 2002, Barefoot served three terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives, representing the 44th district. He has also served on numerous boards and is active in his church and community. Barefoot currently serves as the city attorney for Lincolnton, North Carolina. He is a frequent speaker to cultural, civic, and church groups throughout the Southeast.