Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
A Virginia native who came to South Carolina ca. 1765, General Thomas Sumter was a leader in civil as well as military affairs. He served in the First and Second Provincial Congresses, in the S.C. General Assembly, as U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senator. South Carolina's last Revolutionary War general, he died in 1832 at his Sumter District home in Stateburg, where he was a large landowner and planter. His tomb there notes him as a founder of the Republic.
This street is named for one of the great Partisan Generals of the American Revolution, Thomas Sumter, the fighting "Gamecock." After Charleston fell in May 1780, Sumter rallied the up country against the British with major victories at Hanging Rock, Fishdam Ford, and Blackstock's. In 1781, Congress cited Sumter for his gallant leadership and military conduct, and for the conspicuous courage, perseverance, and patriotism of his volunteer militia.
Erected 1978 by Richland County Bicentennial Commission Sponsored By The Columbia Sertoma Club. (Marker Number 40-83.)
Location. 34° 0.097′ N, 81° 1.933′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia SC 29201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James F. Byrnes (a few steps from this marker); Battleship Maine Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Wade Hampton (within shouting distance of this marker); Memory of South Carolina Generals (within shouting distance of this marker); Trinity Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spanish-American War Veterans Monument (about 300 feet away); The North-South Streets in The City Of Columbia / Richardson Street (about 400 feet away); The State House (about 400 feet away); Burning Of Columbia (about 400 feet away); African-American History Monument (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Also see . . .
1. General Thomas Sumter. City of Sumter article (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Thomas Sumter. Thomas Sumter (August 14, 1734 – June 1, 1832) nicknamed the Carolina Gamecock, was a hero of the American Revolution and went on to become a longtime member of the Congress of the United States. (Submitted on September 13, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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