This Friday -- BDC @ LOB on Yamassee War

Bill McIntosh, III, has always been interested in the colonial era of our area. Thomas Hepworth, one of his 8th great-grandfathers, built the house in which he now lives on New Street in the City of Beaufort. His interest in the colonial era led him along several research paths, one into the early history of the Episcopal Church in America and another one into Indian/English settler relations.

According to Mr. McIntosh:

"An Indian war that lasted from 1715 to 1728 nearly wiped out the province of South Carolina. The war is called the Yemassee Indian War, but virtually every Indian tribe in the Southeast turned against South Carolina. Even though the fighting was bloody and lengthy, the was has been virtually forgotten. Many myths and half truths have been formed and perpetuated through the centuries. . . . we are given an apple to apple comparison between Indians and white settlers of the 18th century. South Carolina's relations with the French and Louisiana and the Spanish in Florida are interwoven into the narrative."

His talk about Indians' Revenge concentrates on his study of the facts of the Yamassee War. This Friday, April 16th, he will share what he's learned about the key players and events of the Yamassee War at the Lobeco Branch Library beginning at 4:00 pm. Please join us.

To help you discover library materials, I am sharing a bookbag I created inside the SCLENDS catalog on the Yamassee War. I have also updated "Native Americans" bibliography on the Library's "Recommended Reading" link to include some more recently published works on the Yamassee Indians.

PS: Yamassee can also be spelled Youmasee, Yamasee and Yemassee. For purposes of archaeology, the term is spelled "Yamassee" when referring to the tribe of Native Americans, of Muskhogean language, who resided in this area from approximately 1683 to 1728. To view digital images of some Yamassee artifacts taken from the Altamaha site, click here.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.