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Secondary Scholarship | 2003
Transcription speed, daring, and ruthlessness. See "Buford's massacre."

84.40 "Cross Creek settlement": A meeting of Loyalist militia officers was
held on 5 February 1776 at this main residence of Highland Scots in
Cumberland County, North Carolina.

85.8 "General Gates": Horatio Gates (1728/29-1896), American general, was
completely defeated at the battle of Camden, and replaced by Nathanael

85.8 "Gum Swamp": The British and American armies met in the early
morning hours of 15 August 1780 in Gum Swamp in the vicinity of Sanders

85.12 "Sumter's, or Pickens's, or Marion's men": Thomas Sumter (1734-
1832), Brigadier General of the South Carolina militia, harassed the British in
the Carolinas. Francis Marion (c. 1732-1795), known as the Swamp Fox, also
engaged in guerrilla warfare. His troop constituted the chief colonial force in
the South Carolina after the American defeat at Camden.

85.27 "Camden": On 16 August 1780 the American force commanded by
Gates was completely routed, and the battle of Camden was a stunning defeat
for the American Army.

85.28 "Greene": Nathanael Greene (1742-1802), second only to George
Washington among America's officers, commanded the Southern Army at
Hobkirk's Hill, Ninety-Six, and Eutaw Springs.

85.34 "Morgan": Daniel Morgan (1736-1802) rejoined the American Army
in the Southern Campaign after Gates' disastrous defeat at Camden.

86.6 "Macnab": A Scottish family name, which derives from the Caelic `Mac
An Aba`, child of the abbot". Robert Macnab, fourteenth chief of this family,
did not support the Jacobite rising in 1715, although many of his clansmen
drew their swords for the `Old Pretender.' See Plean and Romilly Squire,
Scottish Can and Family Encyclopedia (Harper Collins Publishers, 1994)

90.34 "Hobkirk": A small , sandy promontory about a mile and a half north
of Camden, where the first major battle in Nathanael Greene's campaign to
retake South Carolina was fought on 25 April 1781.

90.35 "Eutaw": The Battle of Eutaw Springs took place near Eutawville,
South Carolina on 8 September 1781. It forced the British off the field,
provoking the Battle of Yorktown.