The women of South Carolina also took sides. Only one woman, Margaret Colleton, was named in the confiscation acts. Margaret Reynolds of Ninety Six had been a nurse at a refugee hospital in occupied Charleston, and Eleanor Lester had operated a cheap tavern. Both women were Tories and chose exile in 1782. Interestingly, the General Assembly tended to consider women more as victims than perpetrators despite the well-known assistance that several women gave the American cause. Rebecca Brewton Motte's providing a bow and arrows so that Marion's forces could set fire to her own home was the stuff of legend. So, too, were Emily Geiger's carrying a message from Greene to Sumter, Mary Dillard's warning Sumter of Tarleton's approach before Blackstocks, and Rebekah Couturier's alerting Marion to a British ambush. Several of the stories, such as those of Martha Robinson Bratton of York District and Ann Kennedy of Broad River, dealt with their refusing to betray partisans even when threatened or tortured. The news of such occurrences became widely known and reinforced the resolve of those fighting the British42. (page 242, from  a photocopy of the book in my hands -FOC)

(Sketch at the right captioned "Emily Geiger, teenage heroine of the American Revolution, carried a message through enemy lines from General Nathaniel Greene to Thomas Sumter.  Courtesy, Calhoun County Museum,)

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"South Carolina, A History," by Walter Edgar, 1998 University of South Carolina Press (kindly supplied by, once again, Helen Skinner!). Copyright ©1998 The University of South Carolina Press.
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Lambert South Carolina Loyalists

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Coker Punishment of Revolutionary War Loyalists

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E.C. McCants History and Legends of South Carolina, Dallas: Southern Publishing Company, 1927

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James Wood Davidson School History of South Carolina , rev.ed., Columbia: W.J. McDuffie, 1869


Charles E. Thomas "Rebecca Couturier, Heroine of the Revolution", News and Courier (Charleston), 30 Sept. 1956


John J. Dargan School History of South Carolina, Columbia : State Company, 1906


Bailey and Cooper Biographical Directory


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