Speakers - Battle of Ramsour's Mill 2013

Since the first annual celebration and re-enactment at Ramsour's Mill, organizers have secured a reputable list of speakers whose interest in the American Revolution and the battle at Ramsour's Mill has inspired and invigorated historical organizations, public officials, history buffs, academics, and the general public. The list of speakers includes, but is not limited to, Robert Graham, Daniel W. Barefoot, Darryl Harkey, and Dr. Tony Zeiss. Past County Commissioners, Mayors, and City Council members have delivered opening remarks at the wreath laying ceremony hosted by the Catawba Valley Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution at the Mass Grave site.

Speakers at the Battle of Ramsour's Mill Event 2012 include:

Daniel W. Barefoot

Dan Barefoot was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 18, 1951. He grew up in and attended public schools in Gaston and Catawba Counties.

He is a 1973 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an A.B. in political science. In 1976, he graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree.

In July 1976, he passed the bar examination administered by the State of North Carolina, and for more than thirty-five years, he practiced law in the state. He is past president of the Lincoln County Bar Association, and the 27-D Judicial District Bar Association. As an attorney, he has served the citizens of his city and county as city attorney and attorney for the county department of social services.

Mr. Barefoot is a writer and historian. He is the author of twelve books, including Touring the Backroads of North Carolina's Upper Coast and Touring the Backroads of North Carolina's Lower Coast, both released in 1995, won the History Book Award of the North Carolina Society of Historians in 1996; General Robert F. Hoke: Lee's Modest Warrior, released in 1996, won the History Book Award of the North Carolina Society of Historians in 1997, and was nominated for the Laney Prize and the Douglas Southall Freeman Award (both national awards for the best book in Civil War history); Touring North Carolina's Revolutionary War Sites, released in 1998, won the History Book Award of the North Carolina Society of Historians in 1998; and Touring South Carolina's Revolutionary War Sites, released in 1999. His sixth, seventh, and eighth titles, Seaside Spectres, Piedmont Phantoms, and Haints of the Hills, were released as a boxed-set anthology (North Carolina's Haunted Hundred) by John F. Blair Publisher in June 2002. His ninth book, Haunted Halls of Ivy: Ghosts of Southern Colleges and Universities, was released by John F. Blair, Publisher, in September 2004. Stories from Seaside Spectres and Haunted Halls of Ivy won awards from Storytelling World, a noted literary magazine. His tenth book, Let Us Die Like Brave Men: Behind the Dying Words of Confederate Warriors, was released in May 2005. His eleventh book, Hark the Sound of Tar Heel Voices: 220 Years of UNC History, was released in June 2008, and subsequently won the History Book Award of the North Carolina Society of Historians. His twelfth book, Spirits of '76: Ghosts Stories of the American Revolution, was released in the fall of 2009.

At the request of historian William S. Powell, Mr. Barefoot contributed some eighteen articles which appear in Powell's Encyclopedia of North Carolina, published in 2006.

In 1998, Mr. Barefoot was named North Carolina Historian of the Year by the North Carolina Society of Historians. He is a frequent speaker to cultural, civic, and church groups throughout the Southeast.

In 2009, Mr. Barefoot was the recipient of the Lincoln County Heritage Award from the Lincoln County Historical Association.

Mr. Barefoot has been elected to membership in The North Caroliniana Society, membership in which is limited to 200 North Carolinians based upon their "adjudged performance" in the cultural advancement of their state.

Mr. Barefoot is also a professional magician. A member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Society of American Magicians, and the United Magicians Association, he bills himself as "The Original Purveyor of North Carolina Magic" because of his specialization in tricks and illusions related to North Carolina and its history and culture.

Mr. Barefoot is past chairman of the Lincoln County Historic Properties Commission and past vice-president of the Lincoln County Historical Association. He is a member of the Piedmont Civil War Roundtable. He has served on the Regional Advisory Board of the Museum of the New South, the Board of Directors of the Friends of the North Carolina Archives, the Board of Directors of the Lincoln County Community Foundation, the Lincoln County Chapter of the North Carolina Symphony, and the Lincoln County Historical Association.

Mr. Barefoot is a member of the Catawba Valley Board of Directors of First Citizens Bank and Trust Company. He is a member of the board of directors of the Lincoln County Community Foundation. He is past president of the following local organizations: the Lincolnton Rotary Club, the Lincolnton Kiwanis Club, and the Lincoln County Public Education Foundation. For the past eighteen years, he has served as a member of the USS North Carolina Battleship Commission, having first been appointed by Governor Hunt in 1993.

From 1998-2002, Mr. Barefoot served three terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives, representing the 44th House District, which encompassed Gaston and Lincoln counties. As a member of the House, he chaired three committees (the Cultural Resources Committee, the Travel and Tourism Committee, and the Pensions and Retirement Committee) and served as vice-chair of the Judiciary III Committee.

He is a member of First Presbyterian Church, Lincolnton, where he has served as elder, Clerk of the Session, treasurer of Men of the Church, and lay minister.

Howard Burnham

Howard Burnham was born in Bournemouth, England. He claims American blood from his paternal grandfather, a much-traveled Californian mining engineer, who married a British girl in South Africa during the Boer War and is buried in Cannes, France. His great-uncle, Major Frederick R. Burnham, DSO, a scout and explorer, warrants an entry in the American Dictionary of National Biography. Burnham’s namesake ancestor, First Lieutenant Howard Burnham, U.S.A., was killed on the first day at Chickamauga.

The present Howard was educated at Clayesmore School, Dorset, and at University College in the University of Durham, where he took honors in Modern History. He has worked as an actor, educator and museum curator. In 1973, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London. He is the author of Grones Dictionary of Music or Misleading Lives of the Great Composers (Emerson Edition) and several more accurate booklets on theater history, published by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. He began performing his acclaimed dramatic monologues in 1981 for the first Helmsley Arts Festival, when he depicted John Aubrey, the 17th century antiquary and gossip, in the Tudor range of Helmsley Castle, one of the great medieval castles of Northern England. Subsequent one-man shows have featured Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Charles Dickens, the French romantic poet Theophile Gautier, Laurence Sterne, “the Unfortunate Doctor Dodd”(Shakespeare’s first anthologist), Joseph Rowntree (the Quaker philanthropist), and Thomas Hardy.

In 1998, he settled in Columbia, SC, with his wife, Sandra, an Examiner for London’s Royal Academy of Dance. Howard has been a Sir Evelyn Wrench Lecturer for the English-Speaking Union of the United States, touring nationwide. He is on the Approved Artist Roster of the South Carolina Arts Commission, and a Literary Resident of the Richland County Public Library. Howard’s American Revolutionary War programs include Never Play Hockey With A Bishop: Lord Cornwallis in the South (which has played repeatedly at every major site associated with the earl’s campaign,) and characterizations of Ban Tarleton, Tom Paine, Horatio Gates and Thomas Sumter. His companion piece to Lord Cornwallis: Thirty Wagons and a Wine Cellar: Johnny Burgoyne and Saratoga plays annually at Bunker Hill, Fort Ti and Saratoga. He has a War of 1812 program: The British kept a-running: Sir John Lambert on Andy Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans. His Civil War one-man show, The Lion, the Eagle and Dixie: A British Perspective on the War between the States as seen by the Artist-Journalist, Frank Vizetelly, has played at Shiloh Military Park, the SC State Museum and Manassas Battlefield. His most recent shows have been as Winston Churchill, Captain Smith of the Titanic, Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, King James VI & I for the Jamestown Foundation of Virginia's celebration of America's big (400th) birthday in May of 2007, and Ian Fleming of James Bond fame for his centennial in 2008.

In 2009, he created characterizations of the 'forgotten founding father' Charles Pinckney for the National Park Service, Ansel Adams for the Columbia Museum of Art, and Edward "Doc" Ricketts & Robert Louis Stevenson for Monterey, CA. In 2010 he devised a program celebrating the history of golf. In 2011 he revived his popular Alfred Hitchcock characterization and created a program on the aged Marquis de Lafayette's visit to the USA in 1824/5. For the sesquicentennial of the outbreak of the Civil War, he reworked his acclaimed Frank Vizetelly, ace war reporter, program. For 2012, he is working on a celebration of Charles Dickens' 200th 'birthday' and on a commission from the Columbia Museum of Art for a characterization of Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of painters. He is reworking his War of 1812 program on Andy Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans; and working up a celebratory program on Royal British Jubilees to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Information on Howard Burnham is from his website, http://www.howardburnham.com/

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