Heroes and Villains of the Revolution

  • Friday, March 21, 2014

The Old Exchange Lecture series begins March 26. PROVIDED

Did the villain of Mel Gibson's “The Patriot” have a real-life counterpart? Does Benedict Arnold deserve his reputation as the great traitor of American history? What is General Robert E. Lee's connection to Revolutionary War cavalry commander Light Horse Harry? How did the fabled “Swamp Fox” wage war on the British? These questions and others will be discussed at the upcoming “Heroes and Villains of the American Revolution” lecture series at the Old Exchange Building.

The Old Exchange Building, a 501(c)(3) historic site, is excited to announce its first series of 2014. South Carolina's most historic building is committed to offering educational and entertaining programming. The focus this year will be on the American Revolution. What better way to learn about the Revolution than by examining those personalities who were so prominent during this pivotal time? The five-part series will zero in on those larger-than-life heroes and villains of the War for American Independence. A diverse group of authors, scholars and historians has been gathered to illuminate the past in a unique and fun way!

Admission is $25 for non-member season pass or $7 per lecture. Friends of the Old Exchange members get a reduced rate of $20 for a season pass or $5 each lecture at the door. For more information, visit the Old Exchange Building website at www.oldexchange.org.


March 26 – Week 1

Hero: Light Horse Harry Lee – Dr. Jim Piecuch

Villain: Banastre Tarleton – Joe Long


April 9 – Week 2

Hero: William Moultrie – Chip Bragg, MD

Villain: Benedict Arnold – Dr. W. Eric Emerson


May 14 – Week 3

Hero: Isaac Hayne – Edward Finley Smith

Villain: Henry Clinton – Carl Borick

June 13 – Week 4

Hero: Francis Marion – Col. Scott Aiken

Villain: Nesbit Balfour – Alexandra Saad


June 25 – Week 5

Hero: African American Patriots – Donald West

Villain: Lord Cornwallis – Larry Grant

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