Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> End Matter >> Notes

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription 312EXPLANATORY NOTES
23.30-31 "Ashley and Cooper Rivers": The peninsula on which Charleston is located is situated between the mouths of these two South Carolina rivers.

23.31-32 "Dorchester, Monk's Corner": Small villages a few miles inland from Charleston. Dorchester, at the head of navigation on the Ashley River, and Monk's (Monck's) Corner, at the same point on the Cooper River, were gateways to the interior of the state, and so were of great strategic importance during the war. After the Revolution Dorchester rapidly died out, and by Simms' time was little more than a ruin.

24.19 "Beach Island": Also spelled Beech Island, this was then the name of the region south of Augusta on the Carolina side of the Savannah River. Simms included this location on his hand-drawn map of the Augusta area.

25.18 "Lochaber": Cameron's 2600 acre plantation was northwest of Augusta near Long Canes Creek in South Carolina, and was granted in 1765, about the time Cameron became John Stuart's deputy.

43.25 "Indian wars": The Cherokee Indian Wars in South Carolina and Georgia occurred in 1759-1761.

43.32 "chewing the cud": Shakespeare, As You Like It, IV, iii. 44.32-33 "Amaryllis ... Naera's hair": Milton, Lycidas, 67-69.

44.35-38 "This is no world": Shakespeare, 1 Henry IV, II, iii (slightly misquoted).

50.9 "Galphin and Redclyffe settlements": Near the lower end of Beach Island was a place called Galphin's Mill. Redclyffe was later James Henry Hammond's plantation. Simms noted both locations on his hand-drawn map of the Augusta area.

50.12 "Sand Bar Ferry": Ferry across the Savannah River south of Augusta. Simms noted the location on the page of notes taken in July 1858, and on his hand-drawn map of the Augusta area.

51.24 "Main street": A street map of Augusta in 1780 shows no street by this name. Simms was probably referring to Augusta's principal street which was apparently Broad Street.

53.22-23 "Scotch was the more conspicuous element": In describing the loyalties of the various factions 'in his History of South Carolina (1860), Simms indicates that the Scottish, English and German immigrants who had settled in the frontier regions were more likely to