STEVEN D. SMITH
1973 - B.A. History, Virginia Military Institute
1983 - M.A. Anthropology, University of Kentucky
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION:
AREAS OF INTEREST:
Military sites archaeology, Revolutionary and Civil Wars, African American Military History.
“A Comparison of the Documentary Evidence of Material Culture and the Archaeological Record: Store Ledgers and Two Black Tenant Sites, Waverly Plantation, Mississippi.”
THESIS COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
My dissertation will focus on the partisan community around Snow’s Island, South Carolina, during the American Revolution. This community provided secure campsites, supplies, food, and men to Francis Marion, who is widely acknowledged as America’s most famous and successful partisan officer. The community will be defined and examined using a multidisciplinary approach including the analysis of historic documents, landscape, and archaeology. Furthermore, the dissertation will examine the national memory of Francis Marion from the early nineteenth century to the present and Snow’s Island as a traditional cultural place.
Dr. Kenneth Kelly
DISSERTATION WORKING TITLE:
“Archaeological Perspectives on Partisan Communities: Francis Marion at Snow’s Island in History, Landscape, and Memory”
DISSERTATION COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Kenneth Kelly, Chair
2009 “’Obstinate and Strong’: The History and Archaeology of the Siege of Fort Motte, South Carolina.” Annual Meeting of the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference, Ocean City, Maryland, April 21.
2008 Panel Moderator, Heritage History Panel. For Community of Fort Polk, Louisiana. October 17th.
2008 “Interior Frontiers: Historic Settlement in Western Louisiana and Middle Missouri. Presented at “The Social Archaeology of Southeastern Colonial Frontiers,” conference, University of South Carolina, Columbia, April 11, 12th.
2008 “Proclaiming their Story: The Contributions of Rank and File African American Soldiers.” Invited Speaker, They Never Flinched: African Americans in World War I, The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, Columbia.
2007 “The Search for the Huck’s Defeat Battlefield.” Invited Speaker, Second Biennial Revolutionary War Symposium of the Southern Revolutionary War Institute, York, County, S.C.
2007 “The Settlement History of Fort Polk.” Invited Speaker, Heritage Day Workshop, Fort Polk, Louisiana, April.
2006 “The Road To Battle: Delineating Battlefields and Battlefield Features in South Carolina.” Presentation in “Battlefields of the Past, Battlegrounds of the Present” Session of the Annual Summer Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Committee on Historic and Archaeological Preservation in Transportation (ADC50) Williamsburg, Va., July 24.
2006 Opening Remarks On Battlefield Archaeology in South Carolina.” Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Archaeological Society, Feb 17.
2005 “Revolutionary War Archaeology,” Workshop, Restoring Our Revolutionary Heritage, sponsored by the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, Greenville, S.C. November, 5.
2005 (Smith and James B. Legg),“Observations on the State of Battlefield Archaeology,” Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, November 3-6, Columbia, SC.
2005 “ Fort Motte, A British Outpost of the American Revolution.” Annual Meeting of The Archaeological Society of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.
2004 Legg, James B., and Steven D. Smith, “Understanding Camden: Salvaging Artifact Data From a Heavily Collected Battlefield.” Fields of Conflict III: Third International Battlefields Conference, Nashville, Tenn. April 20, in association with the 7 th National Conference on Battlefield Preservation, National Park Service, American Battlefield Protection Program.
And 41 others since 1979
Anderson, David G, and Steven D. Smith
2003 Archaeology, History and Predictive Modeling: Research at Fort Polk, 1972-2002. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
2003 Made in the Timber: A Settlement History of the Fort Leonard Wood Region. ERDC/CERL, Champaign, Illinois.
1999 A Good Home for a Poor Man: Fort Polk and Vernon Parish, 1800-1940. Legacy Resource Management Program, Washington DC, and the National Park Service, Southeast Regional Office, Tallahassee, Florida.
1998 (Crass, David C., Steven D. Smith, Martha A. Zierden, and Richard D. Brooks, editors)
The Southern Colonial Backcountry: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Frontier Communities. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville.
Plus 3 booklets, 7 monographs, 8 journal articles, 14 book chapters, and over 50 technical reports, reviews, and encyclopedia entries
2007 Special Recognition for Efforts in Battlefield Archaeology. Archaeological Society of South Carolina, Annual Meeting, February 17.
2002 Garrison Commanders Coin of Excellence. Presented for Outstanding Performance
in connection with the Native American Consultation Meetings May 6 through 9.
Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
2002 National Park Service Partnership Awards, Historic Preservation Award, WASO
“The H.L. Hunley Recovery Project,” Presented to South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology.
1999 National Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding Slide Program Award, for "The Search For General Francis Marion's Snow's Island Camp."
1999 Commanding General's Certificate, U.S. Army Engineer Center, Fort Leonard Wood,
Missouri, and recognized by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (EO),
Department of Defense, for research published as A Historic Context Statement For A World War II Era Black Officers' Club, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
1996 Commissioned Captain, South Carolina Unorganized Militia, by the
Governor and the Adjutant General of the South Carolina National Guard,
For work performed in the Folly Island Excavations and the Hunley Project.
1991 Notable State Document Award for Comprehensive Bibliography of South
Carolina Archaeology (Principal Investigator), presented by the South Carolina
2005-07 South Carolina Battleground Trust Fellowship, Department of Anthropology, University of South Carolina.
1979 Awarded, Archaeological Traineeship in Cultural Resource Management,
University of Kentucky.
Register of Professional Archaeologists
Society for Historical Archaeology
Nominated to Sigma Xi