Laodicea "Daring Dicey" Langston

Patriot * Revolutionary War Heroine * Mother

Press & Events

Don't Cover Your Roots,  Embrace Them!
Held March 29th, 2007, 6:00 p.m. ET

Marnie Pehrson spoke at Rock Point Books in downtown Chattanooga, TN on Thursday, March 29th. She talked about discovering ourselves through discovering our ancestors and discussed how she incorporates family history into her novels. She also talked about how she researches the past to gain greater insight into her ancestors' lives. 

"The highlight of the evening, for me, was having so many family and friends in attendance. Three of my fellow Dicey Langston descendants traveled from Chatsworth, GA to be there. They're descended from Bennett Springfield, brother to my Solomon Langston Springfield - both sons of Dicey and Thomas Springfield. One of the ladies has a double dose of Springfield blood. One of her parents is descended from Bennett Springfield and the other is descended from Dicey's other son Hugh!" Marnie said.

Marnie read two of her favorite excerpts from Angel and the Enemy and The Patriot Wore Petticoats.

About the Author

Marnie L. Pehrson was born and raised in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. An avid enthusiast of family history, Marnie integrates elements of the places, people and events of her Southern family and heritage into her historical fiction romances. Marnie’s life is steeped in Southern history from the little town of Daisy that she grew up in to the 24 acres bordering the famous Chickamauga Battlefield upon which her family resides. Marnie and her husband Greg are the parents of six children. She is also an internet developer and consultant who helps talented professionals deliver their message to the online world – specifically through her popular article directory, . You may visit her projects through and read excerpts of her books at .

Summary of The Patriot Wore Petticoats
Historical fiction, 224, pages, ISBN: 0-9729750-4-7
Daring “Dicey” Langston, the bold and reckless rider and expert shot, saves her family and an entire village during the American Revolution. Having faced British soldiers, rushing swollen rivers, the “Bloody Scouts,” and the barrel of a loaded pistol, nothing had quite prepared this valiant heroine for the heart-pounding exhilaration she’d find in the arms of one brave Patriot. Based on a true story about the author’s fourth great-grandmother. Learn more at

Langston Charter Middle School Named in Honor of Dicey Langston
Marnie Pehrson's address "Who Was Dicey Langston?" given at Press Conference announcing Langston Charter Middle School in Greenville, SC.

"Being a fifteen-year-old girl in a district full of loyalists during the American Revolution gave Dicey Langston the unique opportunity to overhear Tory plans. On many occasions, she boldly rode to carry vital information to her brothers, James and Solomon, who fought for the Patriot cause until news of her spy activity came to the attention of villainous Tories. These Tories threatened her father, Solomon Langston, advising him to take control of his 'feisty, meddlesome daughter' or else.

Dicey followed her father’s orders until she overheard that the Elder Settlement at Little Eden would be attacked at dawn by the merciless Bloody Scouts. Knowing that her brother James was there and determined that she would not stand idly by while this bloodthirsty band of renegades slaughtered an entire village, Dicey ventured into the night against her father’s knowledge, crossed the rushing, swollen Tiger river at peril to her own life and warned her brother and the settlement. She returned home before dawn with her family none the wiser.

When the Bloody Scouts arrived at Little Eden the next morning, they found the settlement empty. On more than one occasion she earned her nickname, “Daring Dicey” as she stood courageously before firearms aimed to kill her. She stepped in front of her father to save his life and played a great role in South Carolina’s history and America’s liberty. Dicey Langston sets a powerful example that one person can make a difference in the world around them for generations to come.

As mother to twenty-two children, she’s left quite a posterity, and I’m honored to be her fourth great granddaughter and to stand here today at Langston Charter Middle School, named in her honor."

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