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Near Gordonsville in Albemarle County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

General Thomas Sumter

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By J. J. Prats, March 8, 2009
1. General Thomas Sumter Marker
Inscription.  Thomas Sumter was born on 14 Aug. 1734 in this region. Sumter, a member of the Virginia militia during the French and Indian War, moved to South Carolina in 1765. He served as a lieutenant colonel in the Continental Army (1776–1778); in June 1780 he came out of retirement. In Oct. 1780, he became a Brigadier General, and was instrumental in defeating the British in the Carolinas. He served in Congress (1789–1793; 1797–1801) and was an U.S. senator (1801–1810), He died on 1 June 1832. Sumter’s name is also associated with the Civil War, because Fort Sumter is named for him.
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number G-25.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, French and IndianWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1780.
Location. 38° 7.433′ N, 78° 13.167′ W. Marker is near Gordonsville, Virginia, in Albemarle County. Marker is at the intersection of Gordonsville Road (Virginia Route 231) and Klockner Road, on the right when traveling north on
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By J. J. Prats, March 8, 2009
2. General Thomas Sumter Marker
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Gordonsville Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gordonsville VA 22942, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Orange County / Louisa County (approx. 0.9 miles away); Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Orange County / Louisa County (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Maplewood Memorial Association (approx. 1.9 miles away); Gordonsville's Legendary Chicken Vendors (approx. 1.9 miles away); In Memory of the Soldiers, Both Confederate and Union (approx. 1.9 miles away); Welcome to The Exchange Hotel and Civil War Medical Museum (approx. 1.9 miles away); Gordon Inn (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gordonsville.
More about this marker. A marker with this same number but titled “General Sumter’s Boyhood” was erected 5 miles south of Ruckersville on U.S. 29 (about 11 miles west-northwest) some time after 1937. By 1989 it was missing. It read “Thomas Sumter, Revolutionary soldier in South Carolina for whom Fort Sumter was named, lived for a time in his youth at Sumter’s Mill, five miles southeast.” The place “Sumter’s Mill” is not on modern maps.
Also see . . .  General Thomas Sumter. “A sergeant in the Virginia Militia he campaigned against the Cherokees. He accompanied a delegation to London and acted as interpreter for Cherokee Indians before King George III. Returning to the colonies October 28, 1762, he landed in Charleston and spent that winter with the Cherokees. During that time he single handedly captured Baron Des Onnes, a French emissary sent to stir up trouble between the British and Cherokees.” (Submitted on March 31, 2009.) 
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3. Major General Thomas Sumter
engraved by G. Parker from a drawing by W.G. Armstrong after a painting by C. W. Peale from The National Portrait Gallery by Longacre & Herring Vol. 4, 1839.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 7, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 31, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,319 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 31, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3. submitted on July 20, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

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