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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
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which gave birth to many of its actions. In the history of South
Carolina, for example, (which was one brimming with details and
teeming with incidents,) there is little to be found� as the history
is at present written�which shall afford to the reader even a
tolerably correct idea of the domestic character of the struggle.
We know well enough that the people of the colony were of a
singularly heterogeneous character; that the settlers of the lower
country were chiefly Cavaliers and Huguenots, or French Prot-
estants, and that the interior was divided into groups, or settle-
ments, of Scotch, Irish, and German. But there is little in the
record to show that, of these, the sentiment was mixed and va-
rious without degree ; and that, with the exception of the par-
ishes of the lower country, which belonged almost wholly, though
with slight modifications, to the English church, it was scarcely
possible to find any neighborhood, in which there was not some-
thing like a civil war. The interior and mountain settlements
were most usually divided, and nearly equally, between their at-
tachments to the crown and the colony. A Scotch settlement
would make an almost uniform showing in behalf of the English
authority one, two, or three persons, at the utmost, being of
the revolutionary party. An Irish settlement (wholly Protest-
ant, be it remembered) would be as unanimous for the colonial
movements ; while the Germans were but too frequently for the
monarchical side, that being represented by a prince of Hanover.
The German settlements mostly lay in the Forks of Edisto, and
along the Congarees. The business of the present narrative
will be confined chiefly to this people. They had settled in ra-
ther large families in Carolina, and this only a short period be-
fore the Revolution. They had been sent out, in frequent in-
stances, at the expense of the crown, and this contributed to
secure their allegiance. They were ignorant of the nature of
the struggle, and, being wholly agricultural, could not well be
taught the nature of grievances which fell chiefly upon commerce
and the sea-board. Now, in Carolina, and perhaps throughout
the whole south, the Revolution not only originated with the
natives of the country, but with the educated portions of the
natives. It was what may be termed the gentlemen of the col-
ony�its wealth and aristocracy with whom and which the
movement began ; and though it is not our purpose here to go