| American History Stories, Volume II|
|by Mara L. Pratt|
|Tales of Revolutionary times, including the causes of the American Revolution, the daring exploits of those defending liberty, the early battles, the struggles of the army, and the heroes who led the colonists to victory. Ages 8-12 |
THE WOMEN OF SOUTH CAROLINA
 The women of South Carolina were not one step behind the
men in bravery and patriotic spirit.
In a certain battle at Cowpens—not a very
romantic name—a certain General Tarleton was
totally defeated by an American officer, Colonel
Washington. General Tarleton, who was, I think, not
much of a gentleman, used to seize every opportunity to
sneer at Colonel William Washington whenever a certain
patriotic woman, a great admirer of the brave young
Washington, was present.
Now, as Tarleton bore a wound which young Washington
had given him, and had, moreover, been chased like a
puppy from the battlefield, one would think that
Tarleton’s good taste would have prevented him from
saying much about it; but Tarleton had not very
exquisite taste, I think.
"I should like to see this young friend of yours,"
said Tarleton one day to this lady; "I hear he is a
very common, mean-looking man."
"If you had taken time to look behind you at
Cowpens, General Tarleton, you would have been sure to
see him," returned the lady quickly.
One would suppose, after this sharp reply, that General
Tarleton would have said no more against Colonel
Washington, but only a few days later, at a large
dinner, at which this same lady was present, General
Tarleton again said, "I
 understand that this young Washington is a very
ignorant man. I am told that he cannot even write his
"Possibly he cannot," said the lady, quick-witted as
before; "but," continued she, pointing to General
Tarleton’s wounded arm, "he can make his mark as
you yourself can testify."
Another story is told of a South Carolina woman who had
seven sons in the patriotic army. One day, a British
general stopped at her house, and tried to show her how
much better it would be for her sons if they would only
join the British army.
"Join the British army!" cried she. "Sooner than see
one of my boys turn against his own country, would
I go, this baby in my arms, and enlist under
Marion’s banner, and show my sons how to fight, and, if
need be, die, for the freedom of this land of
And these brave women of South Carolina not only
encouraged their husbands and sons by brave words, but
often acted the part of messengers in expeditions of
trust and secrecy. Two brave women, whose husbands
were in the army, disguised themselves in the dress of
men, and captured two British soldiers, compelled them
to give up the messages they were carrying, and bore
them to General Greene, whose camp was not far distant.
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