Founding Fathers Part Two - Another Palmetto Duo
Father: Slave Trader and Political Leader
An Idealistic Son
|Siege of Charleston|
A Youthful Diplomat
Clandestine Warfare and an Untimely Death
Returning south (and losing a final plea for a black regiment) Laurens served under General Nathaniel Greene in the always vicious southern theater. He operated a local spy network that gathered intelligence on British activities around Charleston. To the everlasting loss of his country and his state, Laurens was killed August 27, 1782 during a meaningless skirmish on the Combahee River.