NINETY SIX, South Carolina: Ninety Six National Historic Site and Fort Gordon have partnered to present a special edition tour, “Leadership in the Siege of Ninety Six” on September 15 at 10 am. In addition to the special tour, from 10 am to 2 pm, reenactors will demonstrate a variety of colonial activities. No fees or reservations are required.
Major (Ret.) Steven J. Rauch will be leading the special edition tour. The tour will present the Siege of Ninety Six through leadership qualities of Patriot figures, Major General Nathanael Greene, Brigadier General Andrew Pickens, Colonel Thaddeus Kosciuszko, Lt. Col. Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee, and Loyalist commander, Lt. Col. John Harris Cruger. The tour will last approximately an hour fifteen minutes and cover a distance of one mile. Wear weather appropriate clothing and walking shoes.
Major (Ret.) Rauch is the Command Historian at the US Army Signal Center at Fort Gordon, GA. He is a retired Army officer who has written and taught military history at the US Army Command and General Staff College, the University of Michigan, and the US Army Ordnance School. Steve holds BS and MA degrees in history from Eastern Michigan University where he specialized in early American history, particularly the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. He has conducted numerous military staff rides to battlefield sites related to the Revolutionary War.
Steve published numerous essays in several multi-volume military history encyclopedias, including the Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War. He is an adjunct instructor at Augusta State University where he teaches courses on American Military History and the United States to 1877.
Ninety Six National Historic Site is administered by the National Park Service. The park is located two miles south of Ninety Six on SC Highway 248. In case of inclement weather the program will be cancelled or rescheduled. Contact the park for details at 864.543.4068or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/nisi/.