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

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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243.22 "Colonel Richardson": Richard Richardson, the leading whig
in the Camden area, was a colonel of militia who commanded the
troops sent to pursue Patrick Cunningham's loyalist forces into Indian
territory prior to the battle at Great Cane Brake. William Thompson's
troops were a detachment from Richardson's force. The proclamation
Simms mentions here was the one against Moses Kirkland; see note
23.24. The paragraph here comes almost directly out of Simms' History of South Carolina (1860), pp. 184-185, which in turn seems to be derived from Drayton, Memoirs, I, 380-382.

243.30 "Captain Andrew Pickens": Pickens was from the Long Cane
Settlement. He fought with Williamson against the loyalists in the
November attack on Ninety Six and served under Williamson on the
frontier for the next two years. He was promoted to general after the
Battle of Cowpens.

258.12 "My Alban villa": Plutarch's Lives, the translation called
Dryden's, corrected and revised by A. H. Clough, 5 vols. (1859; rptd.
1909), III, 184.

263.26-27 "wise saws and modern instances": Shakespeare, As You Like It, II, vii.

285.15 "Jim Oakes": A soldier of this name served in the 2nd Regi-
ment under Francis Marion later in the war, but no reference has been
found to his participation in the 1775 conflict.

297.17 "chief Lieutenant": The actual leader of the loyalist force in
this encounter was Patrick Cunningham. Browne's presence is not sup-
ported by history, although Simms had some justification for placing
him at the battle since his whereabouts were unknown between early
November, when he was seen in Dorchester on his way to the back
country, and 26 December, when he was seen passing through Augusta
apparently on his way to Florida.

301 "THE BATTLE": The Battle of Great Cane Brake occurred on 22
December 17 75 between loyalists led by Patrick Cunningham and whigs
led by Colonel William Thompson, a detachment from Richardson's
forces. Great Cane Brake was on the north bank of the Reedy River
near the present site of Greenville, S.C. Simms gives the following description of this encounter in his History of South Carolina:
Richardson marched against the loyalists. His force soon reached
three thousand men. Their approach overawed the insurgents,
who gradually began to disband. Several of their chief men were
made prisoners�Fletchall, Pearis and others. . . . The junction of