Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Secondary Scholarship | 2003
Transcription any Indian warrior, but originally an Indian who accepted one of Tecumseh's
red sticks. Tecumseh and his Shawnee followers allied themselves with the
British for the War of 1812 against the Americans.

177.12 "Turkey-town": In contrast to the predominantly deciduous cover of
the piedmont, the Atlantic coastal plain was primarily covered with long leaf
loblolly pine, and the main game animals were deer and turkey. "Turkey-
town" was also one of the old Cherokee Town names. For instance, in 1816, in
Turkey Town, on the Coosa River, Andrew Jackson met with representatives
of the Cherokee, Creek and Chickasaw. nations to extinguish the Cherokee
claim of land.

177.25 "the Thicketty Creek": The creek runs from the northwest corner of
Cherokee County, South Carolina, near the Cowpens Battleground, to the
southeast corner where it joins the Broad River at the York County, South
Carolina line.

177.25 "the Eswawpuddenah": The Cherokee Indians called the Broad River
the Eswawpuddenah, meaning "boundary for hunting," Cherokee to the west of
the river, Catawba to the east.

184.26-7 "the windy moon": According to Cherokee Moons, "Windy Moon
Anuyi" means March or "First New Moon" of the new season. The figure used
to portray this moon is the historic figure of Kanati or The Lucky Hunter.


197.1 "the year 182--": Near the close of 1824 or at the beginning of 1825
Simms travelled from Charleston through Georgia and Alabama to the
Mississippi plantation of his father.

197.3 "errant disposition": A paraphrase of Hamlet, Act I, scene 2, line 169:
"A truant disposition, good my good." See Simms's Helen Halsey, chapter 1:
"A truant disposition, a love of adventure, or possibly, the stray glances of
some forest maiden, may all be assumed as good and sufficient reasons, to set
a warm heart wandering, and provoke wild impulses in the blood of one, by
nature impetuous enough...."

197.18-9 "Like Gray's passages which `led nothing': A paraphrase of
Thomas Gray, "The Long Story," stanza 2, line 4: "Rich windows that exclude
the light, / And passages, that lead to nothing."