Dr. Dennis M. Conrad works as an historian at the early history branch of the Naval Historical Center. There he helps edit the Naval Documents of the American Revolution series. Prior to coming to the NHC, he served as editor and project director of the monumental Papers of General Nathanael Greene. He directed the completion of volumes 7 through 12 of that series covering Greene’s campaigns in the South. He also served as contributing editor for volume 13, the final volume in the series that was published late last year. Gen. Greene was also the subject of Conrad’s doctoral dissertation at Duke University. Dennis also wrote on John Paul Jones with E. Gordon Bowen-Hassell and Mark L. Hayes in Sea Raiders of the American Revolution: The Continental Navy in European Waters.
Dr. Lee F. McGee is a physician and historian who published insightful articles on the Battle of Hammond’s Store, Lt. Col. William Washington’s capture of Rugeley’s Fort, and the cavalry actions at Eutaw Springs and Hobkirk’s Hill.
Charles F. Price, novelist, is the author of the Hiwassee series, four works of historical fiction set in his native western North Carolina. Hiwassee: A Novel of the Civil War; Freedom’s Altar (won the Sir Walter Raleigh Award as the best fiction of 1999); The Cock’s Spur (Independent Publisher Book Award and the Historical Fiction Award of the North Carolina Society of Historians); and Where the Water-Dogs Laughed (Society of Historians’ award, nominee for Sir Walter Raleigh Award, and was a first finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award.) Price was named Story Teller of the Year. Price has been a Washington lobbyist, management consultant, urban planner, and journalist. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from High Point University. His novel about Nathanael Greene's 1781 South Carolina campaigns, Nor the Battle to the Strong, will be published in 2007.
Dr. Jim Piecuch received his Ph.D. in history from the College of William and Mary. His dissertation, "Three Peoples, One King: Loyalists, Indians, Slaves and the American Revolution in the Deep South," is the first study of the Southern Campaigns undertaken from the viewpoint of the British and their supporters. He is also the author of five articles and book chapters on colonial and revolutionary history, and contributed articles to several historical encyclopedias. Jim has written a compendium of accounts of the Battle of Camden and serves as an assistant history professor at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.
Robert “Bert” M. Dunkerly holds a degree in history from St. Vincent College and a MA in historic preservation from Middle Tennessee State University. Bert is a contributor to Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution and serves as a park ranger at Kings Mountain National Military Park. His books include More than Roman Valor and Kings Mountain Walking Tour Guide and Old Ninety Six written with Eric K. Williams.
Dr. Christine R. Swager is a retired professor of education, storyteller and author of three award winning youth books on the Southern Campaign: Black Crows and White Cockades, If Ever Your Country Needs You, and Come to the Cow Pens! Her latest book, aimed at general readers, The Valiant Died is the first modern study that covers in detail the Eutaws Campaign of Gen. Nathanael Greene. Born in Canada, a descendent of both an American who served with the British Army and settled in Canada after the war, and Continental soldiers who fought in Connecticut and Maine. Being in an area settled by tens of thousands of Loyalists, Chris reports that she grew up knowing that there had been a sizable Tory resistance and a bitter civil war during the Revolution. Chris is a highly sought speaker, commentator and newspaper columnist.
The Rev. John Franklin Scott is Rector of The Historic Church of the Epiphany, near Lake Marion, in Eutawville, SC. Father Scott is a native of Mobile, Alabama where he was educated in the Parochial School System. He is a graduate of St. Mary's University, Baltimore, Maryland. He was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest for the Archdiocese of Mobile, Al. in 1962. He resigned from the active ministry in 1969, petitioned for and received a Papal Dispensation from priestly vows, married and continued to serve his church as a layman. In 1985 he and his wife were received into the Episcopal Church at Christ Church, Mobile. In 1992 John and his wife, Toni were sent to The Anglican Studies Program at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. by the Central Gulf Coast Diocese. He was received as a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1993 and accepted the call to The Church of the Epiphany in the Diocese of South Carolina. In 2002 Fr. John was Appointed Dean of the Orangeburg Deanery. John and his wife, Toni have three grown children and two grandchildren, all living out of State.
Charles B. Baxley earned a B.A. and J.D. from the University of South Carolina. He is a practicing attorney in Lugoff, SC, and is the publisher and editor of the magazine, Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution. Charles has served as president of the Kershaw County Historical Society, numerous local civic and charitable organizations, a USAF reserve officer, a Municipal Judge, adjunct professor of law, and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Kershaw County public school system. Charles likes to "put the action on the ground" and has served as a planner, host, and tour guide at the Tarleton, Camden Campaign, Thomas Sumter, and the Nathanael Greene Symposia, for US Army staff rides, and other tours of Southern Campaigns Revolutionary War sites. He is the co-founder of the Southern Campaigns Roundtable, Corps of Discovery tour group, and the Archaeological Reconnaissance and Computerization of Hobkirk’s Hill battlefield (ARCHH, Inc.) project. Charles is the chair of the Battle of Camden battlefield preservation project advisory council.
David Reuwer earned a J.D. from Pepperdine University and a B.A. from Towson University. David is an historian and practicing attorney, emphasizing real estate and historic preservation law. He was an adjunct professor of historic preservation at the College of Charleston. He was the lead investigator of the initial Eutaw Springs battlefield survey and is the associate editor of the magazine, Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution. David is an engaging Southern Campaigns battlefield tour guide who co-planned and led the Camden Campaign, Thomas Sumter and Nathanael Greene Symposia tours, for US Army staff rides, and other tours of Southern Campaigns Revolutionary War sites. He is the co-founder of the Southern Campaigns Roundtable, Corps of Discovery tour groups, and the Archaeological Reconnaissance and Computerization of Hobkirk’s Hill battlefield (ARCHH, Inc.) project.
Dr. Irene Boland has a PhD in Geology from the University of South Carolina and is an Associate Professor of Geology at Winthrop University. Her areas of expertise and research are structural geology, the geologic history and tectonic evolution of the Southern Appalachians, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain, and the influence of geology on troop movements and strategy during the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War.
Steven J. Rauch is the Command Historian at the US Army Signal Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He is a retired Army officer who has written and taught military history at the US Army Command and General Staff College, the University of Michigan, and the US Army Ordnance School. Steve holds BS and MA degrees in history from Eastern Michigan University where he specialized in early American history, particularly the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. He has conducted numerous military staff rides to battlefield sites related to the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, US Civil War, Plains Indian Wars, and the Korean War as part of the US Army Staff Ride program. Steve published numerous essays in several multi-volume military history encyclopedias, including the Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War to be published by ABC-CLIO. He is an adjunct instructor at Augusta State University where he teaches courses on American Military History and the United States to 1877.
Scott Butler, (M.H.P., University of Georgia, RPA) has served as a Brockington and Associates archaeologist, historian and project manager since joining the firm in 1990. Long an historian of military strategy, tactics, equipment, and weapons, Scott specializes in the archaeology of forts, battlefields and military encampments. He has compiled a base of comparative historical and archaeological data for military sites, as well as developed effective field methods to discover and record them. He is Director of the Flank Company (www.theflankcompany.com), a division of Brockington and Associates that focuses on research, identification, and evaluation of military-related historic properties. Scott is a company Vice President and serves as a senior project manager in Brockington and Associate’s Atlanta office.
Dr. George Fields, Director of the Military Heritage Program of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, provided advocacy and leadership for successful programs to preserve the following Revolutionary War battlefields in South Carolina: Battle of Camden, Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, Blackstock’s State Historic Site, Snow Island, and Lee’s Trenches at Ninety-Six National Historic Site. The program has also assisted in various improvement programs at Cowpens National Battlefield, Earle’s Ford Battlefield, Eutaw Springs, Fish Dam Ford Battlefield, Cedar Springs, and Fort Charlotte. Dr. Fields is a native of Lamar, SC and a graduate of Wofford College, Emory University, and three senior military colleges and universities. He has been an advocate for preservation of battlefields since his retirement in 1997 as a United Methodist Church Minister and President of Spartanburg Methodist College. He is also a retired army Brigadier General with 43 years of active and reserve duty in the artillery, infantry, and Chaplaincy. He and his wife Mildred live in Spartanburg and have four adult children and four grandchildren.
For more information call Rev. John F. Scott at The Church of the Epiphany Post Office Box 9 Eutawville, SC 29048 (803) 492-7644 or see the symposium postings on www.southerncampaign.org or http://www.piety.com/epiphany/index.htm.