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MAHAM, Hezekiah, soldier, born in St. Stephen's parish, South Carolina, 26 June, 1739; died there in 1789. He was elected a member of the first Provincial congress of South Carolina, and in other ways actively promoted the cause of American freedom. In 1776 he was elected a captain in the first rifle regiment, under Colonel Isaac Huger, and served during the siege of Savannah and in the battle of Stone. He was then made a commander of horse in General Francis Marion's brigade, and in the attack on Fort Watson, in April, 1781, he suggested the erection of a rude tower sufficiently tall to overlook the stockade. This was accomplished by night, and on the following morning the garrison was awakened by a shower of balls from a company of marksmen on the tower, in consequence of which it soon surrendered. Later he participated in the engagement of Quimby Bridge Creek, and became lieutenant-colonel of an independent corps of cavalry, performing many daring exploits in the low country of the Carolinas. Illness compelled his retirement at the close of the campaign of 1781, and while at home he was made a prisoner and paroled, in consequence of which he was unable to enter the army again during the war. A monument was erected to his memory in 1845 in the cemetery near his home.
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