February 29, 2008

George Hughes in Revolution

The book, South Carolinians in the Revolution, written by Sara Sullivan Ervin gives several Hughes who fought in the revolution from Carolina. The only George Hughes and probably our George fought under General Sumter in Sumter's Brigade. His captain was William Smith (My husband descended from William Smith although I do not know if this is the same William.) There was also a troop under Nathaniel M. Martin. William Hughes was in this troop. It was a much larger troop, however, than Smith's troop.

An interesting note on Sumter's Brigade worth mentioning is that Ramsay, in his history of South Carolina, says that party of exiles who had fled into N.C., as the British advanced made choice of Col. Sumter to be their leader and that he took the field against the victorious British at a time when the inhabitants had generally abandoned the idea of supporting their independence. The British had burned Sumpter's home and turned his family out of doors. They also burned the home and library of the local clergyman, Rev. Simpson and all Bibles which contained the Scots translations of the Psalms..."

When these men from South Carolina joined to fight under this former colonel, they seemed to have been ready to sacrifice whatever need be to gain independence. The book goes on to say that, "The People arranged themselves under Sumter with the enthusiasm of men called upon to defend not only their civil liberties but their holy religion... These men were woodsmen of the frontier up-country living mostly in the northeastern part of the state (George was in the 96th district as we know.)

South Carolina was no longer in a condition to pay, clothe or feed troops, therefore Sumter's men furnished their own horses and brought along their muskets and rifles. Often 'iron tools of neighboring farms were worked up by blacksmiths into rude weapons. Bullets were made by melting pewter furnished by housekeepers. (In the batles some had to keep their distance until the front lines had fallen and they were supplied with the arms of fallen men.) When victorious, they rifled the dead of weapons.

General Sumter was so daring and fearless he was called "The Gamecock."

I feel confident that this is describing my own ancestor as we also find fighting under General Sumter, John Pendleton, Daniel Sullivan, Andrew Young, and Jacob Young, to name just a few. These names are common to the Hughes family line from which I came.

I also found in my recent reading, a book of South Carolina Indian Affairs Documents. This is something for which I have searched. A small portion of the contents concerning Richard Heughes, 1757 will be posted here in a few days.

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