Based on the acclaim of the Banastre Tarleton, Camden Campaign, Gen. Thomas Sumter, Gen. Nathanael Greene, and Battle of Eutaw Springs Symposia Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution and the South Carolina Historical Society in cooperation with Wofford College and the Cowpens National Battlefield proudly presents a conference, field demonstrations and battlefield tours on the uses of cavalry in the American Revolution. Charles B. Baxley, publisher and editor of Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution will act as your conference host and moderator along with Kathy McKay and Charlie Gray. Education, fellowship and fun are the guiding principles of this gathering.
The conference will be held on the campus of Wofford College in historic Spartanburg, South Carolina on Friday, November 9th and Saturday, November 10th, 2007. Keynote presenter, Gregory J. W. Urwin, professor of history at Temple University, will present: "'There Is No Carrying on the War without Them': The Continental Light Dragoons, 1776 - 1783".
Telling the story of the personalities, battles, units, logistics, training, and equipment of 18th century cavalry are: Lee McGee, Todd Braisted, Scott Miskimon, Mark Danley, Mike Scoggins, John Hutchins, Robert Selig, Gene Hough, Charles Price, and Jim Piecuch. Session moderators include Rory Cornish and Patrick O'Kelley.
You will also enjoy entertainment by period musician Ken Bloom and a theatrical presentation on Old Ban Tarleton by renowned actor, Howard Burnham. We will have miniaturists' displays of important battles including Cowpens and cavalry artifacts and kits. Vendors will ply their books, maps and wares.
Saturday afternoon you will hear thunder on the battlefield, as cavalrymen at Cowpens, organized by Daniel Murphy, Ron Crawley, Stuart Lillie, and a troop of mounted reenactors, explain and demonstrate 18th century cavalry tactics. The scholar who wrote the definitive modern analysis of the Battle of Cowpens, Professor Lawrence Babits [Devil of a Whipping, the Battle of Cowpens] will update the participants on the current research on Cowpens and cavalry actions at the Battles of Guilford Courthouse, Hobkirk's Hill and Eutaw Springs.
Thursday and Sunday are devoted to pre and post conference battlefield tours. Guides will be David P. Reuwer and Charles B. Baxley; both renowned battle sites tour guides of the Tarleton, Camden Campaign, Thomas Sumter, Nathanael Greene, and Eutaw Springs symposia. Assisted by military historians Mike Burgess, John Allison, Steven Rauch, George Fields and rangers Brian Robson, Eric Williams and Chris Revels, this on-the-ground tour of important Carolina backcountry battlefields will point out the battle chronology, tactical deployments and topography. This battlefield trip include opportunities to walk the battle sites and hear riveting presentations by on-site experts.
For more information or to register, please call Gloria Beitler at South Carolina Historical Society. Phone (843) 723-3225 ext. 11 or register on-line at http://www.southcarolinahistoricalsociety.org/2007CavConf/2007Cavalry.html.