|The Family Trip. On July
28, 2001, Ron and Cathy Walker took us to
Lake Wateree near Camden, South
Carolina, to ride on their boat. It was a wonderful outing for
everybody for six first cousins & their spouses- Sylvia & Bill Caldwell
(Joe's son), Jane & David Alexander (Vernon's son), Dan & Mary Lynn Caldwell
Morrill (Frank's daughter), Bob & Dianne Wagstaff (Vernon's daughter),
Ron & Cathy Walker (Vernon's daughter), and Eddie & Jackie Ford (Jack's
|L. to R: Bill Caldwell, Mary Lynn Caldwell Morrill, Sylvia
Caldwell. Lake Wateree is the
Southern-most of the lakes owned by Duke Power Company.
|Bob Wagstaff reads the marker to the group at
Massacre or the Battle of the Waxhaws. This was the site of a
Revolutionary War battle in May 1780.
Banastre Tarleton and his
cavalry overtook Buford's Continentals at this point and literally cut them
to pieces. "Tarleton's Quarter" was to become a rallying cry for
patriots in the backcountry. Background: Ron, Dianne, David, Bill.
|Bill and Sylvia Caldwell and David Alexander are standing
near Heath Springs, South Carolina. This was the
site of a large British or Tory encampment during the Revolutionary War.
William R. Davie and
Thomas Sumter both fought the British here.
|Sylvia and Bill Caldwell and Jackie Ford (far left) are enjoying
themselves atop Hanging Rock. Dan first visited this site in the late
1980s when he was doing research for his video, "Whigs and Tories,
Cornwallis Invades The Carolinas."
|Ron and Cathy Walker took us to Liberty Hill, South
William Sherman's 60,000-man army moved through here
in late February and early March of 1865 during the Civil War. Liberty
Hill Presbyterian Church has the graves of many Confederate soldiers in its
cemetery. The Carpenter Gothic Revival Style church building dates
from the 1880s.Foreground: David, Cathy, Jane, Dianne, Jackie.
|The only low point of the marvelous trip was eating at Lucy's
Restaurant in Camden, South Carolina. The food was fine, but the
service was SLOW. We sat down at 7:25 p.m. and were served dinner at
9:55 p.m. - over a two hour wait. It's a good thing we all like one another
so much. We ate fast and did not order dessert due to the lateness of
the hour - almost 11:00 p.m. Folks in South Carolina are known
for a leisurely pace of living, but this was ridiculous. We had a fabulous,
fast buffet lunch in Lancaster at Jomar's Restaurant. Ron & David did a great job driving us back
to Charlotte - over an hour's trip.