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“J” is for James, John (1732-1791)

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“J” is for James, John (1732-1791). Soldier, legislator. A native of Ireland, James’s family immigrated to South Carolina shortly after he was born. They settled in Prince Frederick Parish. He gained his first military experience as a captain in the provincial militia during the Cherokee War. In 1775 and 1776 he participated in the Second Provincial Congress and the First General Assembly. At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, James was elected a captain in the state militia and served in the defense of Charleston. When the British captured the city in 1780, he was away in Williamsburg Township recruiting men for a new militia unit. John James later served as a major under Francis Marion and took part in a number of skirmishes against the British, including the Battle of Eutaw Springs.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson 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.