Revolution in the Carolinas

icey Langston Springfield: Portrait of  a Revolutionary War Heroine


Presented by Rev. Paul A. Wood 


Laodicea “Dicey” Langston Springfield was born on May 14, 1766, in the Ninety Six District. During the American Revolution, Dicey observed and recorded the movement of Loyalist troops through the Upstate as well as conversations between her father and their relatives and neighbors, providing vital information to her brothers in the Continental Army. She served as a spy for the Patriot cause, her acts of heroism saving multiple lives and aiding in the fight for independence.


Dr. Paul A. Wood is a native South Carolinian and a graduate of Furman University. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry from Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Dr. Wood is a retired United Methodist minister. Upon his retirement, Dr. Wood became a historian of the American Revolution in South Carolina, and recently published an article on Dicey Langston Springfield for the South Carolina American Revolution Sestercentennial Commission.