1734, Aug 141832, Jun 1
a soldier in the Colony of Virginia militia; a brigadier general in the South Carolina militia during the American War of Independence, a planter, and a politician. After the United States gained independence, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives and to the United States Senate, where he served from 1801 to 1810, when he retired. Sumter was nicknamed the "Carolina Gamecock," for his fierce fighting style against British soldiers after they burned down his house during the Revolution.
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11/09/1780-Battle of Fishdam Ford: British Major Wemyss tries to surprise Gen. Thomas Sumter & his men -- ends up being wounded and captured instead
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