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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
Greene.

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
Creek.

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.


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