Sumter in Sumter County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
General Thomas Sumter 1734 -1832
Thomas Sumter was born near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia in 1734. He fought in the French and Indian War and also against the Cherokees in 1761.
Sumter married Mary Cantey in 1767 in St. Marks Parish (Clarendon County) South Carolina. They had one child who survived, a son Thomas Sumter, Jr., born 1768
He served as a Justice of the Peace (1774) and as a member of the First Provincial Congress in South Carolina
Brigadier General Sumter led a partisan (guerrilla) band in the American Revolution in battles such as Hanging Rock, Fishing Creek, Fish Dam Ford, Rocky Mount and Blackstock. Because of his tenacious fighting qualities during the Revolution, Sumter became renowned as the "Gamecock." [List of Bicentennial Committee names]
( Northeast Face)
In 1780 Governor John Rutledge appointed Sumter Commander-in-Chief of the South Carolina Militia
He held office in 1782 as a South Carolina Senator and was a member of the Continental Congress, 1783-1784.
Sumter served as a member of the United States House of Representatives (1789-1793; 1797-1801) and in the Senate (1801-1810).
( West Face left)
Commissioned for the Bicentennial of Sumter City-County sculpted by Maria J. Kirby-Smith. Dedicated January 8, 2000
Location. 33° 55.365′ N, 80° 20.475′ W. Marker is in Sumter, South Carolina, in Sumter County. Marker is on North Main Street near East Canal Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at the Sumter County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Sumter SC 29150, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sumter World War II Monument (a few steps from this marker); Potter's Headquarters / Federal Order Of Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); Sumter's Court Houses (within shouting distance of this marker); Sumter Vietnam Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Tuomey Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sumterville Academy (approx. ¼ mile away); Sumter District Confederate Dead (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sumter.
Also see . . . General Thomas Sumter. Educated in common schools he engaged (Submitted on February 23, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary • Wars, US Indian •
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