John Allison, Columbia SC, an avid but responsible metal detectorist and an equally avid student of the Revolutionary War, concerned with the study and protection of battle/skirmish/significant sites. He can accurately be described as an amateur archaeologist and has been an active participant in the archaeological study of the Hobkirk Hill site as described in the Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution newsletter.
The good in publishing on-line site data for Revolutionary War related
sites will greatly outweigh any negative impact on these sites. The
better informed the general public becomes with these locations, the
more likely we will be able to preserve them for future study. Although
your site data may invite some amateur metal detectorists, educating an
information- starved general public will greatly outweigh any potential
harm that could be caused by a few rogue relic hunters. A better
informed and educated public is our best weapon against losing our
remaining Revolutionary War sites to development. Your Global Gazetteer
will move us a step further along in this education effort, and in the
preservation of these all-important landmarks.
Bobby Gilmer Moss, Blacksburg SC, Ph.D; Prof. Emeritus, Limestone College. His books include (but are not limited to): Roster Of South Carolina Patriots In The American Revolution, 1983; Roster Of The Patriots In The Battle Of Moores Creek Bridge, 1992; Roster Of The Loyalists In The Battle Of Moores Creek Bridge, 1992; The Patriots At The Cowpens, Revised Edition, 1985; The Patriots At Kings Mountain, 1990; The Loyalists At Kings Mountain, 1998; The Loyalists In The Siege Of Fort Ninety Six, 1999; Uzal Johnson, Loyalist Surgeon, A Revolutionary War Diary, 2000; Journal Of Capt. Alexander Chesney, Adjutant to Maj. Patrick Ferguson, 2002; The Journal And Genealogy Of Michael Gaffney, From Ireland to the Backwoods of South Carolina, 2004; African-American Patriots In The Southern Campaign Of The American Revolution (with Michael Scoggins), 2004; African-American Loyalists In The Southern Campaign Of The American Revolution (with Michael Scoggins), 2005.
John Robertson has performed a great service to all Revolutionary War historians, history buffs, and the population as a whole. No longer will builders, developers, and others have the excuse of saying that they did not know a historical site would be destroyed by their activities. Furthermore, the property owners, possibly for the first time, will learn that a historical site is on their property. Calling the fact to their attention is a major step in enlisting their support in preserving the site. I know this to be true from my experience in locating burial sites in Cherokee County.
For years I have sought the exact location of Revolutionary War engagements and no one, except relic hunters, knew where sites were. On occasions these enthusiasts gave me the location. They believed they were protecting the site by keeping the location secret. In a way, they were protecting the site. However, a broader knowledge of the historical site provides better protection. Hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of guards will always be more effective than a smaller group. Conservation organizations, relic hunters, professional historians, and the community as a whole now can unite to better protect our heritage. Seeing all the sites gathered on a map has made me aware that far more engagements took place than I realized. This alone is a wake-up call for everyone who has an interest in the Revolutionary War. Now is the time to locate, identify, and protect these sites before more of them are destroyed. Knowledge is the best weapon to use in the defense of these landmarks. Robertson has given us the key to open the door to that knowledge. It is now our responsibility to join him by identifying any other unrecorded sites.