Sam Thomas serves as the President of the Athens Historical Society. Sam graduated from Winthrop College in Charlotte, N.C.. He served for fifteen years as the curator of the Culture & Heritage Museum in York County, S. C. and as an officer in numerous South Carolina historical societies. He was also a technical advisor for the Mel Gibson film The Patriot. He came to Athens in 2006 as curator of the T.R.R. Cobb House for the Watson-Brown Foundation.
Sam has published numerous magazine and journal articles and several books including: A Rising Star of Promise: The Civil War Odyssey of David Jackson Logan; Shanks: The Life and Wars of General Nathan G. Evans; and, with Vince Dooley, The Legion’s Fighting Bulldog: The Civil War Correspondence of William Gaston Delony, Lieutenant Colonel of Cobb’s Georgia Legion Cavalry, and Rosa Delony, 1853-1863.