Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sir Walter Scott's Tales


Tales of a grandfather;: with stories taken from Scottish history..By Sir Walter Scott:




I have called your attention at some length to this matter, because you will now have to remark, that a material change had gradually and slowly taken place, both in the kingdom of England, and in that of Scotland, when their long quarrels were at length, in appearance, ended, by the accession of James the Sixth of Scotland to the English crown, which he held under the title of James the First of that powerful kingdom.

A Cameron reference:





Friday, March 20, 2015

Lieutenants Sumpter And Lee



The West Point Cadet: Or The Young Officer's Bride...:


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Sword combat between Lieutenants Lee and Sumpter.... .




  (Then) Lieutenant Robert E. Lee was assigned to the Tampa Bay area, according to the book.


Florida (and Tampa Bay) Scenes:







Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Before Kentucky Was A Commonwealth Of Its Own




From The Kentuckians:

"We can get it (a petition) wrote up in the next day or two, Jim said, and signed and then send it over to the Holston to Billy Russell and let him take it to the spring meeting of the Assembly at Williamsburg.  It was decided that way and the vote was taken to petition the Virginia Assembly in our favor.  They they named Jim and me and Isaac Hite to put it in writing."

"I got to thinking how, a year ago almost exactly, I'd been at the Sycamore Shoals for the treaty-making."

Still, I thought it more than likely he (George Rogers Clark) was right about Arthur Campbell and Billy Russell.  Besides, both had been hand in glove with Colonel Henderson, along with the Robertson brothers, in the treaty-making.




Thursday, March 12, 2015

Renowned Heroine Mary Musgrove


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A passage about Mary Musgrove (who was featured in the novel, Horse-Shoe Robinson) from King's Mountain and Its Heroes:...:



Background of the author of Horse-Shoe Robinson, John Pendleton Kennedy, 1795-1870, and his novel, can be found here in Documenting The American South (University of North Carolina):

"Kennedy's...second and most successful novel, Horse-Shoe Robinson: A Tale of the Tory Ascendancy (1835), is an historical romance set during the American Revolution."

"...Horse-Shoe Robinson, a work of historical fiction, depicts the severity of southern colonial life at the end of the American Revolution. The novel follows the travels of Major Arthur Butler and Sergeant Galbraith "Horse-Shoe" Robinson as they head south from Virginia to help the Continental Army's General Clark reclaim military outposts at Ninety-Six and Augusta."

"Adair, a former friend to Robinson and the Continental Cause, had recently been bribed by Tories to deliver his friend and Butler into their possession. Although Adair's niece, Mary Musgrove, hears of the plotted ambush and tries to warn Butler in his sleep, the two men find themselves the captives of several Tory ruffians the next day."




Sunday, March 8, 2015

He Built Colton Hall


Three years in California [1846-1849] was written by Rev. Walter Colton, U. S. N.  Colton Hall (pictured below) was "built by the Rev. Walter Colton, a chaplain of the frigate Congress, who was appointed provisional alcalde on July 28, 1846, by Commodore Stockton...".


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