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Brattonsville: Choosing Sides | The Southern Campaign

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After the crushing defeat at Waxhaws, the people of the South Carolina backcountry had a decision to make.  Were they “Tories”—loyal to the crown; or would they become “Whigs” or “partisans” and fight the British invaders? 

General Thomas Sumter gathered militia troops in South Carolina. Militia units consisted of “civilian” farmers and sometimes included Catawba Indians and slaves. The American militia and partisans couldn’t just line up and take on the British. The British forces were too well-trained and disciplined. The Americans had to whittle away at the enemy, strike their supply lines—fight dozens of little battles, rather than one big battle. This strategy became known as “guerrilla warfare.”

In June 1780, the British had established an "outpost" at Rocky Mount, in the Catawba Valley. Lieutenant Colonel George Turnbull sent troops into what are now York and Chester counties to round up and eliminate the rebels. Captain Christian Huck, a loyalist from Philadelphia, was the leader.

In the community of Brattonsville, Martha Bratton sent a message to warn her husband, Colonel William Bratton, that Captain Huck was on his way. The message was delivered by Watt, the family’s African-American slave.

On July 12, 1780, the Patriot militia, led by Colonel Bratton, defeated the British Legion. This battle became known as the "Battle at Williamson's Plantation" or "Huck's Defeat."

Musgrove Mill: Ray of Hope | The Southern Campaign

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August 19th 1780, three days after the Battle of Camden, another battle was fought. British Provincials from Ninety-Six were camped near Edward Musgrove’s grist mill on the Enoree River (Laurens County), with many recuperating from wounds received at the Battle of Cedar Springs.

Funding and support for the production is provided by The National Park Service, The Self Family Foundation, The George Washington Endowment Fund of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, The South Carolina State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, and a contribution from Dr. Charles B. Hanna.

Family History | History Detectives

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Family stories are a rich window on the past. They can paint pictures of an important period in history through the experience, perspective, and memories of people who lived during that time. These lesson plans and videos, based on artifacts and family heirlooms featured in History Detectives episodes, offer students opportunities to dig deeper into their own family history. Through activities that emphasize genealogical research and oral history interviews, students can begin to discover and access new information about themselves—as well as acquire the skills required to become history detectives in their own right.

Debating Slavery

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This video segment adapted from Africans in America explores the division among the state delegates to the Constitutional Convention about the issue of slavery. Although some states had already begun to abolish slavery, other states held that the right to own slaves should remain protected by the federal government. What resulted was a debate about the right to personal liberty and the right to own property, which for many included slaves.

Family History and Genealogical Research | History Detectives

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This History Detectives collection of resources illustrates the research methodology for investigating genealogy and family history.

Atomic Bomb: W.C. Simpson

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W. C. Simpson discusses the atomic bomb being dropped on Nagasaki during World War II in this video teaching module from the KACV's local perspective on "The War".

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Bobby Scott

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In this video teaching module from the KACV's local perspective on "The War," Bobby Scott talks about what he thought about the war when it first began. He describes his reaction to the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor and recalls how many civilians feared a Japanese invasion on home soil.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

VE Day: Marvin Kearns

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Marvin Kearns, World War II veteran, discusses how he celebrated the end of the war. Kearns describes the parades and celebrations that occurred in London on VE day and relates his greatest impression from the war in this KACV video teaching module. 

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

D-Day: George Koumalats Part 1

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George Koumalats talks about getting shot in the hand and jaw on D-Day and his subsequent recovery in this video teaching module from the KACV's local perspective on "The War".

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

WWII Prairie Memories | Kamikazes in the Pacific and Cold in Europe

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Hear the stories of Navy gunner Dick Severson, Fargo, ND; Navy bosun mate Donovan Witham, West Fargo, ND; and infantryman Wayne Rowe relate stories of wartime incidents.

World War II veterans are extraordinary; their bravery inspires us and their sacrifices secured the freedoms we treasure. WWII Prairie Memories is an important collection of veteran voices, a precious piece of history, that communicates the personal challenges and spiritual experience that define this generation of heroes. All three episodes are compilations of selected veteran narratives recorded at these locations: Veterans Bonanzaville USA, West Fargo ND; ND Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora ND; Prairie Public Studios, Fargo ND; Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center, Moorhead MN; and Morris Legion, Morris MB.

WWII Prairie Memories | Tragedy and Comedy, Life in the Military

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Listen to some of the strongest wartime memories of sailor Jack Schulstad, Barnesville, MN;aviation cadet Henry LaBore, Fargo, ND; sailor John Harrison Abel, Hitterdal, MN; infantryman Loren Olson, Ada, MN; Canadian Army sapper Fred Herring, Morris, MB, and infantryman LeRoy Quernemoen, Fergus Falls, MN. Develop an appreciation for WWII Veterans.

World War II veterans are extraordinary; their bravery inspires us and their sacrifices secured the freedoms we treasure. WWII Prairie Memories is an important collection of veteran voices, a precious piece of history, that communicates the personal challenges and spiritual experience that define this generation of heroes. All three episodes are compilations of selected veteran narratives recorded at these locations: Veterans Bonanzaville USA, West Fargo ND; ND Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora ND; Prairie Public Studios, Fargo ND; Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center, Moorhead MN; and Morris Legion, Morris MB.

The White House: Inside Story | 9-11 at the White House

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For the people that worked there, the White House was always the safest place to be. However, that changed on September 11, 2001. After the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, many suspected the White House was the next target. A big Congressional Picnic was canceled, and everyone was given ten minutes to evacuate. The leadership, minus President Bush, moved to the Presidential Emergency Operation Center, a bunker under the White House. However, Chief Usher Gary Walters and a few of his staff stayed behind at the White House to remove benches and a stage in order to ensure that President Bush could come back and address the American people from the Oval Office.

Indian Pride, Heroes: Part 2

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JuniKae Randall interviews Billy Mills, 1964 Olympic gold medalist, about his heroes. He shares a traditional teaching, and talks about his personal family heroes, including his wife Pat. He also honors Olympic decathlon athlete Buster Charles, Oneida, Wisconsin who went to Flandreaux Indian School and St. Joseph's Indian School; and John Ecohawk, Pawnee, Executive Director of the Native American Rights Fund. 

The Germans from Russia | Traditional Food

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Watch as a German woman from Russia prepares sauerkraut streudel with her daughter and serves her family. The Germans from Russia: Children of the Steppe, Children of the Prairie is the story of the Germans from Russia -- agricultural pioneers on several continents whose quest for land and peace shaped them into a distinctive and enduring ethnic group.

World War II Veteran Bryan K. Whitehurst - 
Staff Sergeant, Army | Georgia Oral History

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Bryan K. Whitehurst served with the Army in the European theatre. He was born in Georgia in January of 1926. Mr. Whitehurst remembers trials with weather in basic training, trying to hide as Germans shot at the car in which he was riding, and visiting the house where he had stayed after the war.

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