Southern Campaign

The Southern Campaign was critical in determining the outcome of the American Revolutionary War, yet the South’s importance has been downplayed in most historical accounts to date.  

Grades 6-12

Eight online educational lessons are based around short video segments produced in a documentary style, consisting of historical reenactments, demonstrations, interviews with historians, period artifacts and music, artistic renderings, and maps. 

South Carolina ETV, The National Park Service, The Self Family FoundationThe George Washington Endowment Fund of the National Society of the Sons of the American RevolutionThe South Carolina State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and The ETV Endowment of South Carolina (a contribution from Dr. Charles B. Hanna) collaborated to tell the stories of The Southern Campaign of the American Revolution.

 

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General Henry Clinton  | Battle of Waxhaws
General Henry Clinton | Battle of Waxhaws

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General Henry Clinton and the British high command decided what they needed was a “Southern strategy.” The British decided to bring the war to the South because (1) they hadn’t really won any major...
General Thomas Sumter | Brattonsville
General Thomas Sumter | Brattonsville

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General Thomas Sumter was an American Revolutionary War militia leader and later a U.S. Congressman. After the crushing defeat at Waxhaws, General Sumter gathered militia troops in South Carolina...
Colonel Isaac Shelby | Kings Mountain
Colonel Isaac Shelby | Kings Mountain

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Col. Isaac Shelby was from “over the mountain” in what is now Tennessee. He along with Elijah Clarke, leader of the Wilkes County, Georgia Militia and James Williams, leader of the Little River...
General Nathanael Greene | Guilford Courthouse
General Nathanael Greene | Guilford Courthouse

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In the fall of 1780, George Washington appointed General Nathanael Greene to command the Continental army in the South. Following the victory at the Battle of Cowpens, Lt. General Charles Earl...
General Nathanael Greene | Ninety Six
General Nathanael Greene | Ninety Six

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Even though General Nathaniel Greene's army suffered a defeat at the hands of General Cornwallis at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, Greene's army was largely still intact. Cornwallis moved his army...
Major Patrick Ferguson | Kings Mountain
Major Patrick Ferguson | Kings Mountain

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Major Patrick Ferguson was a Scottish officer who was trained loyalists in traditional British military techniques, especially the use of the bayonet. He earned the nickname “Bulldog” during his...
Map | British Troops Arrive in Charles Town
Map | British Troops Arrive in Charles Town

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More than 6,000 British troops were shipped from New York to Charles Town. After a short siege, the city fell. Charles Town would supply the British army with provisions and become the base of...
Martha Bratton Sends Watt with Message
Martha Bratton Sends Watt with Message

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In the community of Brattonsville, Martha Bratton sent a message to warn her husband, Colonel William Bratton, that Captain Christian Huck was on his way. Bratton was on the other side of the Catawba...

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