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Parker's Guide to the Revolutionary War in South Carolina is 415 pages of information with 620 maps, photos and illustrations, and action locations in all the counties in the state.The 1st Edition of Parker's Guide is sold out. The 2nd Edition will be available mid 2013.
The 2nd Edition will have about 200 additional sites in it with a completely different cover, 2 indeses, one index by county, one with the chronology of the actions and a standard index in the back and much more, including end notes.
Check the Bookstores tab for bookstores that sell Parker's Guide and may still have copies of the 1st edition for sale. The Edisto Museum still has a few copies of Parker's Guide for sale. Call 843-869-1954 or visit edistomuseum.org.
Most people do not know that South Carolina had a ďBoston Tea PartyĒ of sorts on October 12, 1765 while the celebrated Boston Tea Party was on December 16, 1773. South Carolina forced the removal of British Stamps from Charleston and became a leader of the rebellion against British taxation. The account is on page 87 of Parkerís Guide.
Another fact that most people do not know is that on April 21, 1775, the British magazines in Charleston (Cochranís) and Mount Pleasant (Hobcaw) were broken into by Patriot South Carolinians only two days after the Battle of Lexington. All the arms, powder and shot were requisitioned for the Patriot cause from both magazines. The short time span between the Lexington and South Carolina actions did not allow South Carolinians to have received news of the action in Lexington, Massachusetts until weeks later. South Carolina was again in the forefront of the American Revolution. The account is on pages 74 and 107 of Parkerís Guide.
If only I could have used Parkerís Guide when doing boots-on-the-ground research for my work on Francis Marion. Other sources came nowhere close to its breadth and depth. With this guidebook you know the location of the action, how to get there and what really happened. Grab Parkerís Guide and live the Revolutionary War in South Carolina.
David Neilan, Editor
The Correspondence of General Francis Marion
Parkerís Guide describes the wheres, with the whats and the whens of the known actions in South Carolina. Parkerís Guide takes you to the actual places where these historic events unfolded.
Jack Parker has related many of the relatively unknown incidents of treachery, ambush, and murder, as well as the major confrontations and battles. Given its scope, it is obvious that this work will be useful not only to the tourist or curiosity seeker, but as a reference work for students, libraries, and museums, and as a source for other researchers of Revolutionary War history.
Jack Parker was born in Pennsylvania, raised in Delaware, and lived in Virginia, California, Colorado, and South Carolina. He earned a bachelorís degree in education and served four years in the U.S. Navy as an Assistant Navigator aboard the USS Spiegel Grove, then as Navigator and Executive Officer aboard the USS Pitkin County. After leaving the Navy, he moved to Colorado rode and packed horses into the Gunnison Wilderness Area. He then spent five years living aboard a 43 foot yawl, home ported in Charleston, SC. While living in Eutawville, SC, he became interested in visiting Revolutionary War sites and discovered that directions were non-existent. Thus, the idea of Parkerís guide was born. Three and a half years of legwork in the field and a year and a half of writing have brought this practical guide to you.
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