The American Revolution in South Carolina

Maj. / Lt. Colonel Hezekiah Maham

Biography from Benson J. Lossing in his Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution [with minor edits]:

Hezekiah Maham was born on June 26, 1739. We have no record of his early life. He was a member of the first Provincial Congress of South Carolina, and in the spring of 1776 was elected a captain in Colonel Isaac Huger's regiment. He was with that officer at the Siege of Savannah, and at the battle of Stono.

As lieutenant colonel of an independent corps of cavalry, he performed many daring exploits in the low country of the Carolinas. At the close of the campaign of 1782, he was obliged to leave active service on account of sickness. While at home, he was made a prisoner and paroled, by which he was not allowed to enter the army again during the war.

He died in 1789, at the age of fifty years. His descendent, J. J. Ward, Esq, living near Georgetown erected a handsome monument to his memory in 1845, upon which are the following inscriptions:

FRONT SIDE - "Within this Cemetery, and in the bosom of the homestead which he cultivated and embellished while on earth, lie the mortal remains of COLONEL HEZEKIAH MAHAM. He was born in the parish of St. Stephens, and died A.D. 1789, at fifty years; leaving a name unsullied in social and domestic life, and eminent for devotion to the liberties of his country, and for achievements in arms, in the Revolution which established her independence."

RIGHT SIDE - "Impelled by the spirit of freedom which animated his countrymen, he devoted himself to its support, and promoted the cause of American Independence, by his service in the state committees, instituted by recommendation of the General Congress, in the Jacksonborough Assembly, and in various other civit capacities."

LEFT SIDE - "Successively a captain of the first rifle regiment, a commander of horse in Marion's brigade, and lieutenant colone of an independent corps of cavalry, raised by authority of General Greene, he bore an efficient and conspicuous part in the capture of the British posts, and in the series of skillful maneuvers and gallant actions, which resulted in the final extinction of the British dominion in South Carolina, and secured to her and to the confederacty the blessings of Peace, Liberty, and Independence."

ON THE BACK - "His relative, Joshua John Ward, of Waccamaw, unwilling that the last abode of an honest man, a faithful patriot, and a brave and successful soldier, should be forgotten and unknown, has ereceted this memorial, A.D. 1845."

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