His education was by a private tutor after he had exhausted the resources of the Beauffort common school. But he interrupted this and entered the revolutionary war at the age of 16 as a private in the militia. In the maneuvering after the Battle of Stono Ferry, his company was camped on Johns Island in late June of 1779. A British surprise attack at night cut them up badly in an action known as the Battle of Mathews' Plantation. The sixteen year old Barnwell was wounded so badly that they stripped his gear and left him for dead. He was found in the field by a slave and taken to his aunt. She and her daughter nursed him back to health.
He returned to duty, rejoining the militia the next spring as a Lieutenant, and by the end of the war had risen to Lieutenant Colonel.
Barnwell was elected to the South Carolina house of representatives for 1787-1788. He was a delegate representing South Carolina in the Continental Congress in 1788 and 1789. He was returned to the state house for terms in 1790-1791, and 1794-1801, and in 1795 he served as speaker of that house.
In the spring of 1788 Robert was a delegate to South Carolina convention that ratified the United States Constitution. He was elected to one term in the U.S. House (1791-1793) for an at-large seat, but declined to run again. Beginning in 1795 he was the chair of the board of trustees for the new Beaufort College, and held that position for many years. He was elected to the state senate for 1805-1806, and was President of that body in 1805.
He died in Beaufort, North Carolina on October 24, 1814, and is buried there in the churchyard of the St. Helena Episcopol Church. His son, Robert Woodward Barnwell, was a Senator in both the United States Senate and the Confederate Senate and was signer of the Confederate Constitution.
Yesterday afternoon we recorded another edition of This is the Klan for our internet TV program and also the Global Minority Report for our shortwave radio program at 3.185 MHz. This program can be heard on Wednesday night at 10 AM eastern time.
We are putting renewal notices in the mail next week. Those of you who are associates of the The Knights Party need to look at your associates card (passport) and check the expiration date. If the expiration date is between July and December of 2007 then you need to get your annual dues in ASAP. We would appreciate this very much. But if you are not sure, wait to see if you get the renewal notice in the mail. Watch for it.
We have a new issue of the Crusader going to the printer on Monday. It will probably be about the 3 week of January when you get it in your mail box.
I attended a Ron Paul meeting last night. I am 60 years old and unless Ron Paul does something really stupid this will be the first time I can actually vote FOR a candidate. If you are not familiar with who Ron Paul, ronpaul2008.com, for information.