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McCelvey to host Revolutionary War discussion

The York County Cultural & Heritage Museums’ Southern Revolutionary War Institute will host a symposium from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at McCelvey Center.

“The King’s Own Patriots: Loyalists and Provincials in the Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution” will examine the men and women who remained loyal to the British Crown during the American Revolution.

The conference will focus on North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, including not only men and European-Americans but also women and African-Americans.

Presentations include papers on loyalist women, loyalists in the Carolina and Georgia backcountry, loyalists at the battles of Ramsour’s Mill in North Carolina and Kings Mountain in South Carolina, and provincial army units composed of loyalists from both southern and northern colonies who served as regular troops in the British army.

The symposium will also consider the postwar experiences of loyalists who were forced to flee their homes in the United States and resettle in other parts of the British Empire.

Southern Revolutionary War Symposium scholars are loyalist expert Todd Braisted of New Jersey; history professors Jim Piecuch and Greg Brooking of Kennesaw State University in Georgia; Carole Troxler, professor emeritus of history at Elon University, N.C.; historian Ben Rubin of Bloomfield College; U.S. Army historian Steven Rauch; and two of the Culture and Heritage Museums’ experts, interpreter and military re-enactor Bob Bemis of Historic Brattonsville and historian Michael Scoggins of the Historical Center of York County.

Registration is $50, which includes lunch and a tour of the Historical Center and Southern Revolutionary War Institute adjacent to McCelvey.

Symposium attendees will also receive complimentary admission to Historic Brattonsville on Oct. 5. For more information, contact Scoggins at 803-818-6768 or