Thursday, December 8, 2016

Favorite Ancestors: Thomas Sumter

Returning to the Revolutionary War era. Thomas Land married Anna Sumter. Anna's brother became a renowned partisan hero in the South during the war. General Thomas Sumter, "the Gamecock," was one of the most famous partisan leaders in the Carolinas along with Francis Marion [Swamp Fox] and Andrew Pickens. Sumter and the other guerilla leaders attacked British supply trains and troops then disappeared into the local swamps or other hideouts. The Gamecock often drew the wrath of Nathanael Greene due to his tendency to fight when he wanted, not always when Greene wanted. Still Sumter and the others joined Gen. Greene's troops from time to time in battle against Cornwallis. Sumter served in Congress after the war and died at 98 in 1832.

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