Patriot & Pioneer Tracks

Cover: Tracking a South Carolina Patriot

Print or ebook now available at, Amazon and other outlets.

I’m a history explorer who’s constantly on the hunt for a better understanding of the past, especially through Revolutionary era history.  My book about an ancestor, Nicholas Prince, a South Carolina farmer who was an artilleryman during the Revolutionary War, authenticated his statement for a federal pension. The book tracks his every step during six years of fighting for American Independence, using research from primary and secondary resources. Along the way, I discovered what he did on the battlefield and who fought alongside him in the 4th South Carolina Regiment of Artillery and Gen. Marion’s backwoods militia. His journey makes quite a story and is a how-to guide for others who want to flesh out details of an ancestor’s adventures.

For current research topics and published articles visit Projects.  Areas of interest include…

  • Lost Revolutionary Patriots found in the papers of Lt. Col. John Faucheraud Grimké, 4th South Carolina Regiment (Artillery). Read the article in Journal of the American Revolution 4.23.2020 
  • SC Free African-American Patriots. A comprehensive list and analysis of South Carolina free men of color whose Revolutionary War service is authenticated.  The SC 250th Anniversary of the Revolutionary War Commission has recently accepted the research for publication. The project is a work in progress, updated September 1, 2020. Click on the title for the PDF document.
  • Smoke and Thunder: Men of the South Carolina Regiment of Artillery (Fourth).  More than 675 men served in the 4th SC Regiment between 1775 and 1780. The list draws from published and unpublished sources, including the military papers of Lt. Col. John Faucheraud Grimké.  Some of the men are new discoveries and many have never been credited with service in the regiment.
  • Fates of men in the 4th South Carolina Artillery captured at Charleston May 12, 1780
  • Nicholas Prince descendants who were timbermen in Horry County SC.  1837 The Lake Swamp Enterprise ARTICLE 2.2019

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