Professor Emeritus Presented with State’s Highest Honor

Dr. Bobby Moss (photograph by Alex Hicks, Jr.; Spartanburg Herald-Journal )

Dr. Bobby Moss, a recognized historian, author and Limestone College professor emeritus, was presented with the Order of the Palmetto on Saturday, March 6th at the Cowpens National Battlefield. The recognition is the state's highest civilian honor.

A lifelong resident of Blacksburg, Moss taught history at Limestone for 21 years. He has authored more than 30 books chronicling different aspects of the American Revolutionary War and Civil War. The Revolutionary War in particular remains a true passion of his; one that has led him to travel the globe in his quest for original historical documents about the war.

About the Revolutionary War and South Carolina's role in it, Moss said "There were 200 battles and skirmishes in South Carolina; more than any other colony. The war for our country's independence was won in South Carolina. Without what happened here, we would still be drinking our tea and saluting the queen."

Supporting Moss's nomination for the award were Dr. Walt Griffin, President of Limestone College; Dean Ross, also a local historian; and Ferrell Saunders, retired superintendent of the Cowpens Battlefield. State Senator Harvey Peeler provided assistance by expediting paperwork to Columbia for the governor's approval.

During the award ceremony, Griffin said "Dr. Bobby Moss was one of the finest professors we have ever had at Limestone. He had a great passion for teaching students about history."

About Moss, Limestone Trustee Lynda Ramage said "He is a Godly man of character, integrity, a family man, a dedicated worker and a loyal friend. He dearly loves his country and especially the Upstate of South Carolina where he has conducted research, taught and written many books about our area.  It would be hard to find anyone like him if he were not in Cherokee County. What he has accomplished for our state is invaluable and he has left generations to come a knowledge of history they would have never known had it not been for Dr. Moss."