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Secondary Scholarship | 2003
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80.title "Murder Will Out": Mordre wol out, that see we day by day."
Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, The Nonnes Preestes Tale, line15,

80.6 "Old Woman of Berkeley": Robert Southey, "The Old Woman of
Berkeley": He [the Devil] laid his hand on the iron chains, / And like flax the
moulder'd asunder, / And the coffin lid, which was barr'd so firm, / He burst
with his voice of thunder. // And he bade the Old Woman of Berkeley rise, /
And some with her Master away; / A cold sweat started on that cold corpse, /
At the voice she was forced to obey."

80.8 "the Witch of Endor": 1 Samuel 28: 4-25.

82.8 "Ninety-Six": Probably named for its location ninety-six miles from the
Cherokee village of Keowee, Ninety-Six was a key frontier post throughout
the American Revolution.

82.9-10 "Buford's massacre": Also called Buford's Defeat, the battle
happened near the Waxhaws area of South Carolina on 29 May 1780.
According to the accounts of Patriot writers, Tarleton attacked Abraham
Buford and his Virginia soldiers ruthlessly though Budford raised the flag of

82.15 "Pickens's Brigade": Andrew Pickens (1739-1817) entered the
Revolutionary Army as captain of militia and attained the rank of brigadier.
See his "famous brush with the Cherokees."

82.19 "a famous brush with the Cherokees": In the Second Cherokee
Campaign of 1782 Andrew Pickens attacked the Cherokees and made them
surrender all lands south of the Savannah River and east of the Chattahoochee

82.38 "the Wassamaws": Probably "the Waccamaw" but not identified.

83.3-4 "the battle of the Cowpens": The battle took place on 17 January
1781. It was over in an hour, but the complete victory of the Patriot force at
the Cowpens began the direct chain of events that led to independence at

83.4 "Tarleton's own dragoons": Colonel Banastre Tarleton (1754-1833),
commander of the British Legion under Lord Cornwallis, was known for his