Fields of Conflict Conference 2014
March 12-15, 2014 Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Information for specific audiences:


River Alliance



12,000 Year History Park Panel Discussion, March 13
Staff Ride, March 15
Metal Detector Demonstration March 15


The River Alliance (, in conjunction with the National Park Service, is working with a consortium of partners to create a 12,000 Year History Park near Cayce, South Carolina. This includes the early 1700’s Colonial Fort Congaree, Revolutionary War sites, and the 1865 Civil War Earthworks and Battlefield. The Alliance has recently completed two miles of trails and bridges that circle the battlefield and allow access to key areas. This project and its Greenway connections was selected to be one of “America’s Great Outdoors” projects by the U.S. Secretary of Interior.


Join National Park Service and River Alliance staff members and partners in a Panel Discussion about the exciting progress that is being made on Thursday March 13, during the Field of Conflict Conference.


Then join them Saturday afternoon, at 1:00 PM in a field trip to the site to attend a staff ride on the Congaree Creek Battlefield.


Finish up the afternoon with a demonstration of the latest metal detector technology, and opportunity to use the equipment and discuss techniques with experts.



March 12 through March 15

  • 12,000 Year History Park art on display, book room.
  • Metal detector tables, book room.


Thursday, March 13

Panel Discussion


9:30 AM John Jameson and Eric Poplin present “12,000 Year History Park Overview and Recent Archaeological Research at the Park.”
10:00 AM James Stewart discusses “Fort Congaree Archaeological Excavations.”
10:30 AM Martin Pate presents “Art and Imagery” as a Cultural Resource. See selections of Martin’s work at his website (
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Break
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Don Wollenhaupt, Chief of Interpretation Southeast Region NPS, presents the “12,000 Year Park Interpretive Plan.”



Saturday, March 15


1:10 PM Pick Up at Marriott - Columbia Marriott
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Congaree Staff Ride
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Optional Return to Marriott if not attending Metal Detector Demonstration
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM Metal Detector Demonstration - Off Site
6:00PM - 6:15 PM Board Bus to Return to Marriott



Staff Ride Director
Stephen E. Bower
Command Historian
U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute
Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Dr. Stephen E. Bower has been a staff historian for the U.S. Army since 1982; first with the U.S. Army Soldier Support Center at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, and, more recently, with the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute, Fort Jackson, South Carolina where he is an instructor in military history for the U.S. Army Adjutant General and the U.S. Army Financial Management Schools. Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Dr. Bower graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, in 1971 and continued at IU earning a M.S. in the History and Philosophy of Education and finally a Ph.D. in the History of Education in 1980. Following the completion of his graduate education, Dr. Bower served for a short time on the faculty of Indiana University and on the staff of the Indiana University Center for Urban and Multicultural Education. He is the author of The American Army in the Heartland: A History of Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, 1903 – 1995 and several articles on American educational and military history. He is currently working on a biography of Lieutenant General Timothy J. Maude, the highest ranking military officer to lose his life in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.


CONTACT MARIE BROWN to sign up for the Battle of Congaree Creek Staff Ride, Saturday March 15, 2014.



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