Andrew Pickens: South Carolina Patriot in the Revolutionary by William R. Reynolds Jr.

By William R. Reynolds Jr.

Brigadier normal Andrew Pickens used to be a main strength bringing in regards to the finish of British keep watch over within the Southern colonies. His efforts helped force basic Cornwallis to Yorktown, Virginia. His later activities on behalf of the Cherokee kingdom are totally explored, and masses by no means prior to released information regarding him, his family members, and his friends is incorporated. Andrew Pickens enjoyed his state and used to be a fearless exemplar of management. He earned the unyielding appreciate of his superiors, his fellow officials, and most significantly his militiamen.

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Part of the delay for Joseph’s and Andrew’s move may be attributed to their mother’s ill health. She died no later than the end of 1763. There is evidence that some Cherokee regularly made it their practice to break the treaty and enter the Long Canes settlement to steal stock. In October 1764, it was recorded in The London Chronicle (see Appendix G): By letters from Fort Boone at Long-Canes we are informed, that on the 24th past Capt. Calhoun [Patrick], of the Rangers, received information from two Cherokee Indians, that they had discovered some Indians, which they took for Creeks, with two horses, at some distance.

Witnesses: Robert McClenachan and John Bogg. Signed ANDREW PICKENS JOSEPH PICKENS. Date: March 4, 1763 On August 18, 1763, Andrew Pickens bought 250 acres on Long Canes Creek 20 miles west of Ninety Six. His brother, Joseph Pickens, and his uncle, Robert Pike Pickens, also purchased land nearby. There is a gap of almost six months between the sale of the land in the Waxhaws and 26 Andrew Pickens the purchase in Long Canes. Part of the delay for Joseph’s and Andrew’s move may be attributed to their mother’s ill health.

It is also further evidence that Andrew was not as bashful as some have written. His quiet demeanor has been mistaken for reticence in some contemporary texts, but is more the result of his seriousness and complete focus on responsibility. He would not have been chosen to lead a company of men at his age if he were extremely bashful; however, his quiet and serious aura would definitely have been a positive asset. ”48 Before Colonel Middleton completed the militia regiment, British Lieutenant Colonel James Grant came to Charles Town with 1200 British regulars.

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