Thomas Sumter

Thomas Sumter (HM6YB)

Location: Greenville, SC 29601 Greenville County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 50.842', W 82° 24.018'

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"The Gamecock"

— 1734-1832 —

The most controversial of Greene's Militia commanders, Sumter was known for his trademark gamecock feather in his hat, his tenacity and his penchant for bloody frontal assaults - characteristics that earned him the moniker "The Gamecock."

Poorly educated but handsome, he was 46 when the British conquered South Carolina and destroyed his home. He raised Militia units to operate in the Midlands by promising plunder of Tory and British property (Sumter's Law) - a practice Greene stopped.

He led the only organized resistance against reestablished British rule in the fall of 1780, effectively freezing Cornwallis' army in the state and allowing Greene time to raise a Continental army. Fort Sumter and Sumter County are named in his honor.
HM NumberHM6YB
Series This marker is part of the More Than Words series
Year Placed2006
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 6:29am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 371979 N 3857010
Decimal Degrees34.84736667, -82.40030000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 50.842', W 82° 24.018'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 50' 50.52" N, 82° 24' 1.08" W
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Area Code(s)803, 864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301-323 S Main St, Greenville SC 29601, US
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