Family Research Council

'The Greatest Plague in this Country'


By Tony Perkins
September 26, 2014

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Fort Sumter is known as the starting place of the Civil War. But did you know that the fort's namesake was a great Founding Father? Hello, I'm Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. If you visit Fort Sumter off the coast of South Carolina, you'll hear a lot about the first shots fired in the Civil War -- and very little about Thomas Sumter, the American hero for which the Fort was named. Sumter played a crucial role in the Revolutionary War in South Carolina. Although his home was burned and he witnessed widespread devastation, Sumter fought the Brits, working to thwart their supply lines and communication routes. And he succeeded. British General Cornwallis said that Sumter was "the greatest plague in this country." After the war, Sumter served in both houses of Congress and as the ambassador to Brazil. While Fort Sumter is known for great division in America, Thomas Sumter helped bring independence and unity to this great nation.

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