TUESDAY - JULY 18, 2023 - 7:00 PM
LAURENS COUNTY MUSEUM
116 SOUTH PUBLIC SQUARE
Collectively, with the Laurens County 250 Sestercentennial Committee and the Laurens County Museum, the Revolutionary War Lecture Series continues with a lecture about Laurens County’s own Dicey Langston. The Reverend Paul Wood, Jr., will speak about teenager Laodicea Langston, “Dicey”, and her many acts of bravery as a Patriot in Laurens County. Dicey was a spy and defender of her home and family as she risked her life for the Patriot cause.
Reverend Wood, a United Methodist Minister, made the American Revolution in the South his hobby five years ago. His article on Dicey Langston was the first to be published by the South Carolina Sestercentennial 250th Commission. He is currently doing research on William “Bloody Bill” Cunningham.
Sponsored by the Laurens County Revolutionary War 250th Committee
Free for Laurens County Museum Members and to those 18 years of age and under.
There is a suggested minimum donation of $5 for non-members.
South Carolina Revolutionary War Patriot
The Tories began to question how so much information was getting to the rebels, and soon turned their suspicions toward Solomon Langston and his high-spirited daughter. They threatened her father, saying that he would be held accountable for Dicey’s actions if any more information leaked to the Patriots. Solomon scolded her and forbade her to visit her brother’s camp in the future. She reluctantly agreed, and for awhile she discontinued her reports.
After the war, Dicey Langston married Thomas Springfield, a local patriot leader, on January 9, 1783. They had a large prosperous family, and lived a long life. In later years, Dicey was known to boast that she had thirty-two sons and grandsons able to vote or fight for liberty.
Dicey Langston died on May 23, 1837, in Greenville County, SC, and was buried in the family cemetery behind their log cabin located just north of Traveler’s Rest, SC. Her obituary reports that she had 22 children. She died in 1837, Greenville County, South Carolina.