"Heroics at Manning the Day Before Lee Surrendered" is the topic for the Monday, May 21, meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society, its last until September.
Sumter native Bobby Thigpen will be the guest speaker at the 7:30 p.m. meeting …
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What: Sumter County Genealogical Society meeting
Who: "Heroics at Manning the Day Before Lee Surrendered" with Bobby Thigpen
When: Monday, May 21, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Swan Lake Presbyterian Church, 912 Haynsworth St.
More information: (803) 774-3901
Sumter native Bobby Thigpen will be the guest speaker at the 7:30 p.m. meeting at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church, 912 Haynsworth St.
Thigpen said his talk will be "about three men that by circumstance were in Sumter at the same time but had no prior connections and were brave enough to go on this scouting mission against overwhelming odds."
The most interesting fact about his talk, Thigpen said, is "the main character is Charles H. Jones, (my) wife's relative, and William Alexander Brunson and Jesse N. Hodge are my relatives. They just knew they were going to scout an army of Yankee invaders."
The men, motivated by their "loyalty to the cause of Southern independence," Thigpen said, took actions that led to the battle of Dingle's Mill.
Capt. Daniel Judson Bradham, who wrote an article about the incident for the September 1896 Manning Times, was married to a relative of Thigpen.
Thigpen was born in Sumter, grew up in Paxville and attended Edmunds (Sumter) High School before graduating from Manning High School in 1952. He lived in Mayesville for several years before moving in 1964 to Florence, where he still lives.
After more than 40 years as a locomotive engineer with CSX Railroad, Thigpen retired and began doing research on his family.
He is president of the Brewington Cemetery Association in Clarendon County. The association, he said, preserves the more than 200-year-old church building, the cemetery and church grounds.
Admission is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Those interested in joining the society may do so at the meeting.
Membership includes nine monthly newsletters a year and free use of the society's research center. Annual dues are $30 for an individual and $35 for a family.
For more information, call (803) 774-3901.
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