Hezekiah Maham | www.thecolumbiastar.com | Columbia Star – South Carolina News

Hezekiah Maham | www.thecolumbiastar.com | Columbia Star –  South Carolina News

This monument to Hezekiah Maham was discovered in the Santee River swamp near Pineville. It was erected by Joshua John Ward said to be the most successful rice planter in S.C. and a relative of Maham.
Hezekiah Maham is not mentioned in any popular history book, yet he was a frontiersman, engineer, and Revolutionary War hero. He definitely needs some recognition!

I discovered Maham while exploring my family’s property along the Santee River swamp near Pineville, S.C., with my cousin Keith Gourdin who, years ago, took it upon himself to clear a path to Maham’s burial site and to clean the grave stone’s epitaph which read:

Colonel Hezekiah Maham Within this Cemetery, and in the bosom of the Homestead, which he cultivated and embellished, while on Earth, lie the mortal remains of COLONEL HEZEKIAH MAHAM. He was born in the Parish of St. Stephen, and died A. D., 1789, aet. 50 years; leaving a name unsullied in social and domestic life, and eminent for devotion to the liberties of his country, and for achievements in arms in the Revolution which established her Independence. Impelled by the spirit of freedom which animated his countrymen, he zealously and courageously devoted himself to its support, and promoted the cause of American Independence by his services in the State Committees instituted by recommendation of the General Congress in the Jacksonborough Assembly and in various other civil capacities. Successively: a captain in the first rifle regiment, a commander of horse in Marion’s brigade, and lieutenant colonel of an independent corps of cavalry raised by authority of General Greene, he bore an…

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