Based on the acclaim of the Banastre Tarleton, Camden Campaign, and Thomas Sumter Symposia, Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site announces the symposium and battlefield tours pertaining to the life and military campaigns of “The Fighting Quaker” - Major General Nathanael Greene.
The symposium will be held at the Camden Inn (formerly known as the Best Western Motel) in Lugoff, SC from 12:00-5:00 pm on Friday, April 21st. Lead presenter, Dennis M. Conrad, historian for the US Navy and editor of the final volumes of the encyclopedic Papers of General Nathanael Greene, will discuss Gen. Greene’s fight in Camden, SC at Hobkirk’s Hill. Robert M. Calhoon, professor of history at UNC-Greensboro will talk about Nathanael Greene, the politician and his moderate statesmanship. “General Nathanael Greene as Man and as Cultural Icon” - Using the General's letters, Greene descendant, poet and literary critic Seabrook Wilkinson and novelist Charles F. Price will portray Greene as self-taught intellectual, a master of the written word equally adroit at revealing and concealing his true feelings, as diplomat and statesman, and as devoted father, husband and friend. Jim McIntyre, a Camden Symposia regular, instructor in history, Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, Illinois will present a talk on Greene as a soldier-statesman. Saturday, April 22nd, will start at 8:30 am with Greg Massey, professor of history at Freed-Hardeman University, who will present on Nathanael Greene’s actions in North Carolina after Guilford Courthouse. Another Camden symposia regular, Larry Babits, professor of archaeology at East Carolina University, will present a discussion on battlefield archaeology: “Rifle Shot and Buck n’ Ball”. Jim Piecuch, new history professor at Kennesaw State University, will address Nathanael Greene and the question of arming black soldiers. The symposium will close with a panel discussion about Nathanael Greene and his Southern Department command moderated by John Maass, symposium program coordinator.
Evening entertainment includes a candlelight reception at the Joseph Kershaw House at Historic Camden Revolutionary War site on Friday complete with a “groaning board” of h’ors oredeves. Saturday evening features an elegant dinner and premier performance of a dramatic monologue on the “Fighting Quaker”, written and presented by noted British thespian and playwright, Howard Burnham of Columbia, SC.
Saturday afternoon and Sunday are devoted to battlefield tours. Saturday afternoon features a walking tour of Camden, SC’s downtown battlefield, Hobkirk’s Hill, which pitched Greene, straight from Guilford Courthouse, against the young the British commandant of South Carolina, Col. Francis Lord Rawdon. On Sunday, attendees will travel by bus to the Eutaw Springs battlefield on the shores of Lake Marion. Guides will be Charles B. Baxley and David P. Reuwer, acclaimed battle sites tour guides of the Tarleton, Camden Campaign, and Thomas Sumter symposia. An attorney, Baxley is past president of the Kershaw County Historical Society and editor-publisher of the in-depth magazine, Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution. An adjunct professor of historic preservation at the College of Charleston for the past five years, attorney Reuwer’s second vocation is the documentation and preservation of Revolutionary War battlefields throughout the South. Reuwer was the historian and lead investigator of the archaeological survey of the Eutaw Springs battlefield. Wrongly thought to be submerged under Lake Marion, the major battle fought on this preservation challenge was undoubtedly General Greene’s greatest victory. Sunday’s tour will encompass Greene’s Eutaw Springs campaign that pushed the British from the midlands of South Carolina to their tidewater enclave around Charleston. The field trips include opportunities to walk the actual battle sites and hear riveting presentations by on-site guides.