Francis Marion, Introduction

  A. S. Salley’s Introduction to the 1948 edition But for an accident General Francis Marion probably would not have been the hero of the Revolution that he became. In June, 1775, the Provincial Congress of South Carolina, the extra-legal body of the revolting people of the province, organized three regiments of regular troops in …

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Colonel Twiggs’ Expedient

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. During the siege of Charleston, parties were frequently sent down to beat up the British quarters about Savannah, with a view to distress the enemy, and to draw troops from the siege. Colonel Twiggs, with his men, united with …

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The Effect of Clinton’s Success

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. May 14.—Among the many good effects which daily arise from General Sir Henry Clinton’s descent upon the Carolina Sultans, we are told the following: The inhabitants of Hillsborough county, North Carolina, have sent a deputation informing Lieutenant-General Earl Cornwallis …

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The Siege of Charleston

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. May 12.—This morning the garrison of Charleston, after sustaining a siege of over a month’s duration, surrendered prisoners of war to the combined fleet and army of Great Britain. The following is a journal of the siege, from the …

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Colonel Ballendine Hanged

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. March 5.—This day was hanged at Charleston, South Carolina, Colonel Hamilton Ballendine, for making drafts of the town and fortifications. He was taken by a picket guard which General Lincoln had sent out to Stono, as he was making …

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