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"M" is for Maham, Hezekiah [1739-1789]

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"M" is for Maham, Hezekiah [1739-1789]. Soldier. Legislator. Maham was a successful planter in St. Stephen's Parish and represented it in the Second Provincial Congress. After the fall of Charleston in 1780, he joined Francis Marion and served as the principal commander of cavalry in Marion’s brigade. At Fort Watson, Maham suggested that a log tower be constructed so that the attacking patriots could fire down into the fortified British garrison. The “Maham tower” was later used in the sieges of Augusta and Ninety-Six later in the war. In 1781 he was given command of a battalion of light dragoons, which would come to be known as Maham's Legion. Known for his temper, Hezekiah Maham once forced a deputy sheriff to eat and swallow a summons the officer was trying to serve on him.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.