A Hidden Gem – the South Carolina Military Museum in Columbia, SC

The second visit on third and last day of my South Carolina/North Carolina road trip was the South Carolina Military Museum in Columbia, SC. Located in the shadow of the Universtiy of South Carolina's Williams-Brice Stadium, it's operated by the South Carolina National Guard and located in the Guard's compound on National Guard Rd off … Continue reading A Hidden Gem – the South Carolina Military Museum in Columbia, SC

A Visit to Musgrove Mill State Park, Where 200 Patriot Militia Defeated 300 Loyalist Militia and 200 Provincial Regulars

On 8 January 2019, I visited the Musgrove Mill State Historic Site in Clinton, SC, the site of a Patriot victory over Loyalists and Provincials during the American Revolution. Also within the park is Horseshoe Falls, a waterfall on Cedar Falls Creek near the Enoree River. There are two trails on the site, one that … Continue reading A Visit to Musgrove Mill State Park, Where 200 Patriot Militia Defeated 300 Loyalist Militia and 200 Provincial Regulars

Book Review: Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas by John Buchanan

Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas by John Buchanan My rating: 4 of 5 stars I decided to read Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas by John Buchanan as preparation for a vacation trip to visit the Ninety Six, Musgrove Mill, Kings Mountain, and Cowpens battlefields in … Continue reading Book Review: Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas by John Buchanan

Warner Robins and Macon Road Trip Scanning Report; 11/12 June 2018

Since my nephew is thinking about joining the military after he graduates from high school, I took him on a trip to the Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB, the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, and the Andersonville National Historic Site/Cemetery on Monday and Tuesday. We went to the Museum of Aviation with a … Continue reading Warner Robins and Macon Road Trip Scanning Report; 11/12 June 2018

Book Review: Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway: The Japanese Story of the Battle of Midway by Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully

A few years ago, I read Craig L. Symond's The Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History) and saw Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway: The Japanese Story of the Battle of Midway by Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully referenced in it. I took a look at the book on … Continue reading Book Review: Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway: The Japanese Story of the Battle of Midway by Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully

A Visit to Fort Clinch, Third System Fortification Used in the Civil War, Spanish American War, and World War II

Fernandina Beach, FL - Yesterday, I drove down to Fernandina Beach to visit Fort Clinch at Fort Clinch State Park. Fort Clinch is a Third System coastal fortification located on the northeast corner of Amelia Island facing Cumberland Sound. I've never visited a fort designed like Fort Clinch is; from the outside, it looks like it … Continue reading A Visit to Fort Clinch, Third System Fortification Used in the Civil War, Spanish American War, and World War II

Book Review: The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution by John Oller

Despite having lived in Savannah, just south of South Carolina, for most of my life and having a practically lifelong love of History I never really knew much about Francis Marion beyond the myths and legends that sprang up about him. Even then, the myths were mostly about his military activity and not the man … Continue reading Book Review: The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution by John Oller

The Currahee Military Museum in Toccoa, GA

Toccoa, GA - While I was in northeast Georgia earlier this week, I took a side trip to the Currahee Military Museum. Located in Toccoa's old train depot and operated by the Stephens County Historical Society, it's actually two museums in one: the Currahee Military Museum, centered on the 501st, 506th, 511th, and 517th Parachute … Continue reading The Currahee Military Museum in Toccoa, GA

A Visit to the Military Museum of North Florida

Green Cove Springs, FL - On my way home from St Augustine, I decided to drop by the Military Museum of North Florida in Green Cove Springs. It's a small, but enthusiastically run museum just off of Florida Highway 16 next to the Reynolds Airpark airport and the Reynolds Industrial Park. The location is important … Continue reading A Visit to the Military Museum of North Florida

A Visit to Castillo de San Marcos in St Augustine

St Augustine, FL - On a foggy, rainy January morning I visited Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. It was built by the Spanish between 1672 and 1695 out of coquina blocks (coquina is a sedimentary rock composed of layers of compressed shells) quarried from nearby Anastasia Island. … Continue reading A Visit to Castillo de San Marcos in St Augustine