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The Winning of the American Revolution - in the South

Engraving depicting the death of British Major Patrick Ferguson at the Battle of Kings Mountain during the American Revolutionary War, October 7, 1780.
Chappel, Alonzo, 1828-1887 (artist), Jeens, Charles Henry, 1827-1879 (engraver), Anne S. K. Brown Collection at Brown University
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Engraving depicting the death of British Major Patrick Ferguson at the Battle of Kings Mountain during the American Revolutionary War, October 7, 1780.
Jack D. Warren, Jr, Executive Director of the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
Credit Civil War Trust/Lindsey Morrison
Jack D. Warren, Jr, Executive Director of the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati

General U.S. history courses in many high schools depict the American Revolutionary War as a series of battles in the Northeast--Lexington, Concord, Bunker Hill, etc.--that lead inexorably to British General Charles Cornwallis's surrender of 8,000 British soldiers and seamen to a French and American force at Yorktown, Virginia, October 19, 1781.

The truth is much more complicated, of course. And a major component of the war, one that paved the way to Yorktown, was the fighting that took place in 1780 - 81 in the South.

In essence, according to Dr. Jack Warren and Dr. Walter Edgar, the war was won in the South.

Warren talks with Dr. Edgar as part of a series of public conversations presented by the University of South Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences, Institute of Southern Studies in 2016. Their topic: Colonial and Revolutionary South Carolina: The Revolution in South Carolina. Dr. Warren is Executive Director at The Society of the Cincinnati.

- Originally broadcast 03/04/16 -

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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.