Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription 320EXPLANATORY NOTES
Richardson with Williamson and others, including a few Georgians,
made the army four thousand strong. A detachment, under
Colonel Thompson, proceeded against Patrick Cunningham, and
had nearly surrounded his camp, when they were discovered. The
insurgents were overcome at a blow. Cunningham made his escape
on a fleet horse (p.193).
As this description indicates, the actual battle was smaller in scale than
the one described in Joscelyn; Drayton's Memoirs, II, 132, reports five
or six loyalists killed and only one man wounded on the whig side. A
list of the loyalists taken prisoner during the campaign, which was
called the "Snow Campaign" because of a deep snow that fell a few
days after the battle, can be found in R. W. Gibbes, Documentary
History of the American Revolution ... 1764-1776 (1855), pp. 249-
253.

305.5-6 "Of their fate . . . we may speak in future pages": In a letter
to Evert A. Duyckinck dated 11 December 1868, Simms expressed his
intention of writing the "few chapters" necessary to conclude the
narrative, but so far as is known, he never returned to the story of the
characters in Joscelyn.