Saturday, May 2, 2009

Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution

You have got to read this email from my new connection, Charles. He publishes an intense on-line magazine about the revolution in the south.. His next event is coming up soon in SC. Since we will eventually link to SC for the National Heritage Area, perhaps this would be fun for some of us. Prof. Bobby G. Moss is a well-known author. He probably knows all your Overmountain relatives.

Friends of the Revolution:
May 9, 2009 for our Corps of Discovery tour led by Prof. Bobby G. Moss, Rev. Robert Ivey and John A. Robertson. We plan to visit Grindal Shoals of the Pacolet River, Gen. Daniel Morgan's camp before his victory at Cowpens; historic Wagstop Plantation; NC Patriot militia Col. Charles McDowell's camp at the Cherokee Ford of the Broad River; Whig Hill Cemetery; the Patriots' capture of Fort Thicketty; and more. We will gather at 10:00 am at Wagstop (Nuchols) Plantation at 571 Asbury Road (SC Highway 211) Pacolet, SC to carpool to our first stop at Grindal Shoals. We will enjoy a "Dutch Treat" box lunch to support the missions of the youth of Hopewell Baptist Church [$7.00 per person] at Wagstop Plantation. This tour is free and the public is invited. We will go rain or shine - bring your walking shoes - however, some roads and stops are weather dependent. Please direct any questions to Charles B. Baxley. John Robertson has posted .pdf file containing 10 printable maps covering all potential visited locations for our May 9th Corps of Discovery. Please check our website for updates:

May 30, 2009 - Charlotte, NC – Central Piedmont Community College - 2d meeting of the Historic Roads Mapping Congress - in the Overcash Building at 1206 Elizabeth Avenue, free, you are invited if you are interested in working with a group to develop an on-line system to compile and graphically share information on historic roads, paths and trails - the historic transportation system and other historic sites. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please park in the Faculty Parking Deck on 4th Street. It is on the right as you head into Charlotte on 4th Street. There is a sign directing people to CPCC Event Parking. The Overcash building is right next door to the parking deck and we will meet in Room 220. Please direct any questions to Charles B. Baxley at Please check our website for updates:

Charles B. Baxley

Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution

I'm especially interested in the Historic Roads Mapping Congress. OVTA, my personal favorite Non-profit, recently made a small grant to help this endeavor. They are using the most up-to-date GIS/GPS technology from ESRI to uncover the old roads in NC and SC.

Its incredible what new science can show. GIS, geospatial information systems, is new enough to be your major in college if you haven't decided yet. NCSU has a GREAT program for this.

ArcMap from ESRI is GIS software to make a visual map from tables of data. You know a picture is worth a thousand words. Anyone of you NC high school students needing a graduation project please check this out. GIS is opening up scads of new opportunities. I imagine the health industry is watching the Swine Flu now to predict (if there is any possible way...)how its spread. It's like getting intelligence on the enemy. AND Charlotte is a major office for ESRI, so if you become accomplished in ArcMap and want to stay in NC, perhaps ESRI is the place for you. They were extremely helpful to OVTA helping us understand the possibilities for this study Charles is leading.

Today, my son is helping with a JROTC drill meet. RG is catching up with paperwork this morning at W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir. I am going to Wilkesboro to pick him up and I will visit the Wilkes Heritage Museum. The JROTC will meet at the museum later in the month. OVTA is volunteering to be docents for the visit. I am assigned the new exhibit on the Overmountain men. Since its my favorite story, I will have to edit my speech to include just the most interesting items that might inspire teenagers. I can't wait. This is certainly a movie trying to get out. Or a series or a prime time show.... Tom Hanks are you listening?

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