Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Secondary Scholarship | 2003
Transcription 114.8 "the Haw": The river runs through Chatham County, North Carolina,
joins with the Deep River to form the Cape Fear River.

124.38 "the Ripparee tribe": Unidentified.

125.3-4 "a national warfare, in which the whole Cherokee people were in
arms": The Cherokee Indians Wars in South Carolina and Georgia occurred in

125.9-10 "blockhouse": Small fortification, usually temporary, intended for
use of a defence against Native Americans. The typical blockhouse was two
stories, with an overhanging second story and loopholes on all sides for

132.23-4 "General Middleton gave the nation that licking at Echotee":
Thomas Middleton commanded the South Carolina troops against the
Cherokee Indians and burned the Indian village of Echotee in 1761, which led
to the surrender of the Cherokees.

"The Arm-Chair of Tustenuggee"

175.2 "Catawba": "Catawba" means "river people." The largest and most
important of the South Carolina Siouan stock, they lived mainly to the south
of the line dividing the Carolinas along the Catawba River. They maintained
standing enmity with the Cherokees.

176.1-2 "the Pacolet and Broad rivers, and . . . the Tiger river": The river
run through the Piedmont region of South Carolina. The Pacolet and the Tyger
drain into the Broad River, which originates in North Carolina. The Broad
River was once a boundary between the Cherokees and Catawba Indian tribes.

176.6 "Xantippe": Socrates's scolding wife.

176.8 "Enoree": The Enoree flows southeastward through the Piedmont
region of South Carolina and joins the Broad River above Richland County.

176.20 "Chowannee red sticks": "Shawnee" comes from the Algonquin word
"shawun," meaning "southerner." The Shawnee or Shawano, the enemies of
the Catawba, removed from the Savannah River to the Cumberland by the
permission of the Cherokee. The French called the Savannah River "R. des
Chouanons." Tecumseh, a member of the Shawnee Indian tribe native to Ohio,
used sticks painted red as the magic symbol of his party. A "red stick" mean