You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Blog Tour

The winner of a copy of The Chamomile is    Nancy Shuman!

Nancy, contact me through my email, give me your address, and I'll mail you a copy right away. Merry Christmas, Nancy, and to all who visited and to those who left a comment. May God bless you with a very Merry Christmas!


Welcome!!!  Merry Christmas!!!

      On this Christmas Blog Tour you’ll find out from a bunch of authors about our favorite Christmas reads, movies, recipes, songs…
     You get the picture --  anything Christmas!
     Once you’ve read the blog, please, leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of my Revolutionary War romantic suspense, The Chamomile.

I wanted to share two of my family’s Christmas traditions with you.  The first one, I think, is a sweet story. The second, especially the picture that goes with it, might get me in trouble. (I’m tee-heeing here.)

A Very Special Tree Topper

When my husband, Rick, and I got married on December 19, 1969, I was still in college, and he had just gotten out of the Army and had only been home from Vietnam a few months.  He had a new job, but we were so poor we couldn’t afford a Christmas tree nor the ornaments to go on it. One day along with several couples at our apartment building, we went to some land owned by relatives and cut our trees.  We wound up with one that truly looked like Charlie Brown’s tree. We took cards from our weddings gifts, as well as some of the Christmas cards we had received and hung them on the tree using paper clips.
When we were done, we stepped back to view our masterpiece and Rick said, “Something’s missing.” He cocked his head. “I know. A topper.”
He went into the bedroom where we had stored our wedding gifts. I could hear him rustling around in the boxes, but I couldn’t imagine what he was doing.
Finally, he came out hiding something behind his back and told me to close my eyes.
“Okay, open your eyes.”
I looked at the top of the tree, and there to my delight was the bride and groom from our wedding cake.  Each year that has passed, even though our financial situation improved, we never even thought to replace our tree topper (even when the kids were young and embarrassed by it--though they appreciate it now).
This year we celebrate our 43rd Christmas together as a couple, and our tree topper remains the same.

Christmas PJs

Every year since our children were little, I bought matching Christmas pajamas for us to wear. On Christmas Eve, I handed out their mystery pjs and everyone would run to their rooms to put them on and we'd all come running out at the same time.

One year, we wore white T-shirts and green boxer shorts with happy faces wearing Santa hats –  oh, and they glowed in the dark too. One year I found short pjs with candy cane stripes. Another year we wore red plaid flannel pjs and I found sunglasses that had LED lights in them that blinked a bright red. When our daughter married, her husband gladly (?) became part of the tradition, and when our granddaughter was born, I made her a matching nightshirt. The year our grown son brought his dog home, we wore T-shirts with a design of carolers singing the song from the movie The Christmas Story, “Fa-ra-ra-ra-ra. Ra-ra-ra-ra! So,  I made the dog, Steeler, a matching scarf.  Oh, and one year I almost had a mutiny on my hands when I bought them red unit suits complete with flaps in the back. Now that was hilarious.

The year of green plaid nightshirts.

The year of the candy cane pjs, I entered a State newspaper contest that wanted you to explain your family Christmas tradition.
When I walked into the choir room one Sunday morning, one of my friends said, “I never in the world thought that I’d ever open my Sunday paper and see my dear friend in her pajamas!”  Sure enough, our story and the picture were in the paper for all to see.  We were in our Christmas jammies!!!!!


My 2012 Christmas Recipe

Laughing Deer Hors d’oeuvres

12 triangles of Laughing Cow cheese, any flavor
4 olives, thinly sliced
1 tblsp. poppy seeds (or small bits of black olives)
24 small heart-shaped pretzels

Slice the olives and place one slice on the pointed tip of the triangle – this will be the nose.
Make two eyes with poppy seeds or black olives.
Push two pretzels into the top of the cheese triangle for the antlers.

Now that I’ve shared some favorite Christmas traditions with you, why not swing by and visit some of my friends’ sites who are posting the rest of this month?

Gail Kittleson – December 10th

Linda Maran – 11th

Karen Wingate-14th –

Karla Akins-15th

Patty Wysong -- 18th

Davalynn Spencer – 19th

Tamara Kraft – 20th

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Exciting Blog Hop!

Authors Answer Questions about Their Works in Progress

          Linda Glaz, my agent with Hartline Literary Agency, invited her clients to participate in a “Blog Hop” that features authors answering questions about their Works in Progress (WIP).
My WIP is a third in a trilogy about Lilyan and Nicholas Xanthakos, the main characters in my Revolutionary War romantic suspense, The Chamomile, released in November 2011, and which won the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Okra Pick award as a top novel for the season.  Linda Glaz is representing the sequel entitled Laurel.
Title: The title of my WIP is Cassia.  Cassia is the name of the slave Lilyan rescues and, when Cassia dies in childbirth, Lilyan names her daughter Cassia. Cassia was known as the poor man’s cinnamon. In Exodus 30:23-4, Moses is ordered to use both sweet cinnamon and cassia together with myrrh and sweet calamus to produce a holy oil to anoint the Ark of the Covenant. Cassia is also part of consecrated incense offered on the specialized incense altar in the time when the Tabernacle was located in the First and Second Jerusalem Temples. Psalm 45:8 mentions the garments of the king that smell of myrrh, aloes, and cassia. It is believed that when Christ returns, his robes will carry the aroma of cassia.

Where did the idea come from? The idea came from the many fabulous reviews for The Chamomile and my many readers who asked for more about Lilyan and Nicholas.  I love them too, and want to keep them in my life a while longer.

Genre: Inspirational historical suspense.

What actors would play your characters in a movie version?  I envision Sarah Bolger as Lilyan and Henry Cavill as Nicholas.  They both had leading roles in the TV series The Tudors. Mr. Cavill played Charles Brandon, and Ms. Bolger played Lady Mary Tudor.
Short Synopsis: I don’t have it all worked out yet, but  Lilyan and Nicholas, now successful vintners in the Blue Ridge Mountains, take their three children on a sailing trip to Roanoke Island, NC, to pick up root cuttings that have been shipped from the Mediterranean.  About halfway between Charleston, SC, and the Outerbanks of NC, they run across a slave ship dumping the dead into the ocean.  They save one of the slaves, a female who is still alive and near the delivery of her child.  The slave has smallpox, so the captain of the ship puts the Xanthakos family on an island in the Outerbanks. They are attacked by pirates and all sorts of exciting things begin to happen. 
Agency Representation? Linda Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency, is representing, Laurel, the sequel to The Chamomile.
How long did it take to write that first draft? I’m only four chapters in.
What other books in this genre compare?  Similar books would be The Restitution by MaryLu Tyndall and Loves Reckoning by Laura Franz.
Any others in this genre? As I mentioned, The Chamomile was released in November 2011.
Anything to add?  I am having great fun researching pirates in the Outerbanks and all the shipwrecks near Diamond Shoals, called the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.”  My husband and I visited a maritime museum in the area that was so fascinating I spent HOURS combing through books and maps until Rick finally fell asleep in a chair. Argh!

If you’re interested in other authors’ WIPs, follow this “Hop” by visiting Amy Magaw’s blog next Wednesday, December 12.

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Also, if you want to read about other Works in Progress, please visit these blogs.

Lisa Lickel -

Davalynn Spencer -

Karen Wingate -

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Baron de Kalb and the Battle of Camden, SC

By Susan F. Craft

General Baron de Kalb
General Baron de Kalb was born in Germany in 1721. He served with distinction in the French Army during the War of Austrian Succession and the Seven Years’ War.
In 1768 on behalf of France, he traveled to America on a covert mission to determine the level of discontent amongst colonists.
In 1777, he returned with his protégé, the Marquis de Lafayette, and joined the Continental Army.
On August 16, 1780, five miles north of Camden, SC, British forces under Lt. General Charles, Lord Cornwallis defeated the American forces under the command of Major General Horatio Gates.
Gates had over 4,000 men, but only 2,000 were effective for combat. Many succumbed to the heat and also the night before, the men had been fed green corn, causing many to suffer bowel problems.
Lt. General, Lord Cornwallis
Cornwallis had around 2,100 men. Six hundred were Loyalist militia and Volunteers of Ireland, and 1,500 were regular troops. Cornwallis also had the infamous and highly experienced Tarleton's Legion, around 250 cavalry and 200 infantry.
The British troops opened the battle by firing a volley into the militia, followed by a bayonet charge. The militia, lacking bayonets, panicked and ran away. The panic spread to the North Carolina militia, and they also fled. Gates bolted with the first of the militia to run from the field and took refuge 60 miles away in Charlotte, NC. Before he ran, he ordered his right flank under General Baron de Kalb to attack the British militia.
Under de Kalb, the Continentals fought hard, but they numbered only 600 to 2,000 British troops. Cornwallis ordered Tarleton's cavalry to charge the rear of the Continental line. The cavalry charge broke up the formation of the Continental troops.
De Kalb tried to rally his men but was fatally wounded.
After only one hour of combat, the Americans were utterly defeated, suffering over 2,000 casualties. Tarleton's cavalry pursued and harried the retreating Continental troops for 20 miles.
The terrible route for the Americans at the Battle of Camden strengthened the British hold on the Carolinas that were already reeling from the capture of Charleston, SC, by General Sir Henry Clinton in January 1780.
Here’s how Andrew, a character in my novel, The Chamomile, described General de Kalb.
You see, General de Kalb wasn’t one of those officers that puts space between him and his men. He was one of us. Most times when we traveled, he didn’t ride his horse, but marched along beside us. Came around each night and shared the food and fire. Slept on the ground with us. And stories? He could tell some of the best stories. Knew how to share silence too.
At Camden, we were pretty much beaten. Six hundred of us to their two thousand. De Kalb sent his horse to the back of the lines early on, so he could fight side by side with us on foot. Time after time we charged, reformed, and charged again with the general leading the way.
Someone laid his head open with a saber. He was shot. Bayoneted. Cut many times. But he still led one more charge. When the general finally fell, we closed ranks around him. Then Tarleton brought in his dragoons. We fought as long as we could, until most of us broke and ran.
I was running for the woods with the rest of them, but I turned in time to see British soldiers headed toward the general to finish him off. They would have, too, but his aide, Chevalier de Buysson, threw his body on top of him and yelled, "No! No! It’s de Kalb. Brigadier General de Kalb."
Cornwallis ordered his own surgeons to try and save de Kalb.
Death of de Kalb
Here is de Kalb’s response, “I thank you sir for your generous sympathy, but I die the death I always prayed for; the death of a soldier fighting for the rights of man.”
When the general died three days later, Cornwallis found out he was a Mason, same as himself. He had him buried with full military and Masonic honors.
Years later, on a tour of South Carolina, President George Washington visited the grave of de Kalb and is reported to have said the following, “So there lies the brave de Kalb; the generous stranger who came from a distant land to fight our battles and to water with his blood the tree of our liberty. Would to God he had lived to share with us its fruits.”


Friday, November 16, 2012

Interview of Author - Bert Goolsby

The winner of a copy of The Locusts of Padgett County is           Debby Johnson -- Congratulations!!!

Question 1
Are experiences in your novel based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Writers are told, “Write what you know.” (I recognize, however, it is difficult to write what you don’t know.) Much like any writer, I write what I know or have experienced; and what I don’t know, I try to make it something I do know by researching the matter.) I am blessed with a legal education and experience, a lot of it in the trial and appellate courts. Much of what I write about comes from these areas. As any lawyer will tell you, each case that lands on the lawyer’s desk is a story in itself─having setting, characters, conflict, and a resolution of some kind. I am also blessed with having grown up in the Deep South during interesting periods of American history, namely World War II (that’s “two” and not “eleven” as I understand one TV news reader put it) and the years immediately following it, years marked by their own upheavals─the Korean and Vietnam wars, the civil rights revolution, and a President’s assassination.

Question 2
Did you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? If so, what’s the most interesting place you traveled?
The only traveling I do is back in time; and if I am unfamiliar with a place or entertain an uncertainty about it, I travel there electronically via the internet. For example, for use in a novel I am presently writing, the working title of which is Beyond Millstone, I searched for a 1965 road map of Texas to fashion a route that my protagonist, a lawyer, might follow as he travels westward toward Abilene, Texas, to find a missing heiress.

Question 3
Which of your characters is most/least like you, and in what way(s)?
I suppose to some extent I resemble each of the lawyers I write about in my novels Harpers’ Joy (Grace Abraham 2005), The Trials of Lawyer Pratt(Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery 2011), and The Locusts of Padgett County(Alondra Press 2012). In Lawyer Pratt, I include a number of “war stories” that grew out of my experiences as a trial lawyer and as an appellate judge. I guess the character Andrew Beauchamp, the criminal prosecutor-protagonist in Locusts, comes closest to being me and Candle Reid, the lawyer-protagonist in Harpers’ Joy, being the least like me. Both, however, make mistakes of judgment while wanting to do the right thing; but Candle can be lazy and is an alcoholic, separated from his wife and children.

Question 4
Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?
I do read the reviews. I just wish there were more of them. They serve to encourage me to write more, if they are good, and to try to write better, if they are not so good.

Question 5
What book are you reading now?
I just finished reading Empire of the Summer Moon (Simon & Schuster 2010), an account of the rise and fall of the Comanche Indians in Texas, and The Harbinger (Charisma House Group 2011), a story that explains how the judgments of Isaiah 9:10 are relevant today.

Question 6
What are your current projects?
As I mentioned above, I am writing a novel presently entitled Beyond Millstone, having just finished the first draft. The plot, revolving as it does around a lawyer’s search for a missing heiress, takes the reader on a journey to Texas and introduces the reader along the way to interesting, sometimes quirky characters, such as a pair of ventriloquists, whose dummies “Kuddles” and“Sprinkles” hate one another’s operator, and a tent revivalist, Brother Jimmy Holcomb, who convinces Kuddles to become an evangelist, ministering to children. My principal focus today, however, is on promoting my recently published novel, The Locusts of Padgett County (Alondra Press 2012).

Question 7
If you could have dinner with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
Of all my creations, I am most fond of Tweeve Huggins, the wife of Delaware Huggins, the narrator of Her Own Law (Xlibris 1998), my first novel, and the aunt of Skeets McLendon, the twelve-year-old narrator of Familiar Shadows (Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery 2011). A female author friend once told me that Tweeve is her “role model.” Tweeve, a very determined, resourceful woman reminds me of my mother who, like Tweeve, though deprived of much in the way of formal education, took charge of everything and everyone around her. Tweeve, like my mom, views herself as gifted with having “walking around sense,” a gift that enables one, not only to meet any challenge, no matter what it is, but to prevail against it.

Question 8
Do you have any upcoming events?
I have a scheduled appearance before a senior-citizens group at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Columbia to talk about my writing and to promote my books, particularly my latest novel, The Locusts of Padgett County. The latter is a historically based novel set in the Deep South when racial prejudice shaped much of its laws and the administration of justice. The inspiration for the story is the 1909 South Carolina Supreme Court appeal from Greenville County, State v. Johnson, 84 S.C. 45, 65 S.E. 1023 (1909). The case, as does my story, involves a black janitor prosecuted for assault with intent to ravish, a death-penalty offense at the time. The janitor touched a white woman on the shoulder as she practiced piano in a school auditorium.
I’ll be speaking on January 9, 2013, at the noon gathering of the Retired Officers Wives at the Officers Club at Fort Jackson, SC.  I’ll be talking about “You Have It Within You,” which will refer to what to write about and the sources of stories.

All of Bert’s books, both novels and short-story collections, are listed on and Most are available in both book and electronic formats such as Kindle and Nook. Smashwords offers three of his novels in electronic formats at
He can be reached at
For a review of his latest work, see:


Bert Goolsby is a former Chief Deputy Attorney General of South Carolina who once headed the Criminal Division of the Office of Attorney General and served as Acting Solicitor or as a special prosecutor in a number of judicial circuits throughout the State. He is also a retired Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals. He attended the University of Alabama but later transferred to The Citadel where he received his undergraduate degree. He received his law degree from the University of South Carolina and an advanced law degree from the University of Virginia. Raised in Dothan, Alabama, he now resides with his wife Prue in Columbia, South Carolina. They have one son, Philip Lane Goolsby, M.D., of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
(Bert wanted me to mention that I designed the book cover for his novel, The Trials of Lawyer Pratt.)
Please leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Bert's novel, The Locusts of Padgett County. Drawing will be Friday, November 23.  Please leave an email address, or if you are the announced winner, contact me a

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Winner of Murder in Marietta

The winner of Deborah Malone's novel Murder in Marietta is ----

Megan Parsons.


Congratulations Megan!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Colonial Quills Blog Features A Forted Frontier Holiday

On each Monday for the next two months, the authors of the Colonial Quills blog will give a gift of their writing for their readers!


The anthology is entitled A Forted Frontier Holiday: A Colonial American Anthology.  In nine installments, the authors will bring their characters from throughout colonial America into Fort Providence in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.

Here’s a list of the installments (including mine, which is Part 2 posted Nov.  12):

Part 1 - Inside Fort Providence by Carrie Fancett Pagels (Nov. 5)
Part 2 - A Providential Proposal by Susan Craft (Nov. 12)
Part 3 - Landlocked by Carla Olson Gade (Nov. 19)
Part 4 - Preserve My Life From Fear by Elaine Marie Cooper (Nov. 26)
Part 5 - A Gift from Buckskin Samson by Kathy Maher (Dec. 3)
Part 6 - Narrow Passage by Pat Iacuzzi (Dec. 10)
Part 7 - Untitled by Lynn Squire (Dec. 17)
Part 8 - Christmastide by Carrie Fancett Pagels (Dec. 24)
Part 9 - Amish Snow by Kelly Long (Dec. 31)

If you love a good story set in colonial America, then visit
Once on the blog, learn more about the authors of the anthology by visiting the Contributors Page.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Meet My Guest Author, Deborah Malone

Leave a comment and get a chance to win a copy of Murder in Marietta --                         drawing will be at 9 p.m. November 14

(Please, leave an email address, or, if you're not comfortable doing that, when I make the announcement and you are the winner, contact me at my email address listed on this site.)

What fun to “cyber meet” Deborah Malone (Debbie) after reading her first novel Death in Dahlonega while my sister and I were on one of our jaunts that happened to be in Dahlonega, GA.  And now, she’s written Murder in Marietta, where my sister lives. Can’t wait to purchase the book for my sister (and a copy for me too!).

Deborah Malone’s first novel Death in Dahlonega was a finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Category Five writing contest! Deborah was also nominated for the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year in First Novel category.

She has worked as a freelance writer and photographer for the historic magazine “Georgia Backroads.” She has had many articles and photographs published, and her writing is featured in “Tales of the Rails,” edited by Olin Jackson. She is a member of the Georgia Writer’s Association. As a current member of the American Christian Fiction Writers she has established a blog where she reviews Christian Fiction.


Question 1
What was the inspiration or motivation behind the book?
Thank you so much for having me Susan.
Since this is a series, I’ll tell you a little why I wrote cozies.  I’ve always loved to read, so I think it was natural that I’d transition into writing. Mysteries have been my genre of choice since I was a young girl and loved to read Nancy Drew.  Cozy mysteries are one of my favorites, and Ann George has been a big influence on my writing. As for writing Christian fiction – Margaret Daley’s books were a big influence. I’d written several articles on Dahlonega and Marietta and I loved the settings. It was an easy choice for me.
Question 2
What is the most important thing you hope your readers will get from your books and why?
     There aren’t any deep messages in Murder in Marietta, but there is a theme of forgiveness and faith. For the most part, I hope I make someone laugh and take them away from the stresses of real life for just a while. I want them to have some laugh out loud moments.
Question 3
As you researched for your book, did you learn anything that particularly touched your heart?
When I was writing the article about Marietta, the one the book is based on, I discovered the owner of the Kennesaw House (now the Marietta Museum of History) had written a diary. I was able to get a copy and it was amazing. She and her family (husband and three girls) lived there during the Civil War. This family was from the north and they were right smack dab in the south so of course their outlook on war was different than those who lived around them. I was touched and awed to be reading about the life of someone who had lived over 100 years ago.
Question 4
If you could have dinner with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
Oh my goodness this is a hard one because there are three main characters. I think I’d like to meet Nana. She is a little spitfire who is not about to sit in a rocking chair and grow old. She has a wisdom about her that comes with age. However, I’m not sure I’d want to be around when she gets involved with some of her antics. J
Question 5
What is your favorite bible verse and why?
I have several, but one of my favorite is Proverbs 3:5. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
Question 6
Upcoming events? 
I’m really excited about a couple of things coming up. On November 10  and 11 Dahlonega, GA, will be holding a book festival. I was invited to be one of the regional authors. Then my book signing/book launch for Murder in Marietta will be held November 17, 2012. Can you say, too much fun?
You can reach Debbie at several web sites:
You can buy Debbie’s books at:

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Walnut Grove Plantation Revolutionary War Skirmish

Walnut Grove Plantation Skirmish, Spartanburg, SC
I recently visited the Walnut Grove Plantation in Spartanburg, SC, and discovered the poignant story of a skirmish that more than likely was played out in many places in the backcountry during the Revolutionary War.
Soldier's tent
Near the end of the war, Captain William “Bloody Bill” Cunningham deserted the Americans and became a partisan leader for the British.  He gathered a band of loyalists who took it upon themselves to take their revenge on the patriots.  Captain Cunningham and his men passed through the counties of Newberry and Laurens and ended their career in the present county of Spartanburg.
A young wounded patriot, Captain Steadman, lay upstairs in the Moore’s manor house.  The Moores were patriots who were caring for the captain who was engaged to marry one of their daughters. On the day of the Walnut Grove Plantation skirmish, two patriots came to visit Captain Steadman, but Bloody Bill Cunningham and his men entered the house and murdered Steadman and his friends as they tried to escape.
Soldier prepares dinner
         Meanwhile, Kate Barry, a spy and scout during the Revolution, learned of the attack on her father’s house and rode to get her husband’s militia company. Her husband, Captain Andrew Barry, rushed his troops to Walnut Grove Plantation and drove off the loyalists. He was too late to save Steadman, but kept the house from burning.

spinners at Walnut Grove reenactment
The three patriots were buried by the Moore family, and their graves were the beginning of the family cemetery.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Rosanna Farrow, A SC Revolutionary War Heroine

A typical backcountry cabin.

Rosanna Farrow was proud of the fact that she had five sons old enough to fight for liberty. When her boys went to war, she and her daughters were left alone, unprotected and surrounded by Tory neighbors. There was often not enough food, and sometimes when their home was in danger from the enemy, they hid out in the woods and swamps in hollow trees and the rocky coves of the Enoree River.
They slept with pistols or weapons of some kind under their pillows, for they never knew when the enemy would come to their door.
One night, a messenger came to tell her that three of her sons had been captured and were in a jail in Ninety-Six, a British post in the SC backcountry. The commander, Colonel Cruger, who was prepared to hang the boys, offered to trade them one rebel for two British soldiers.
Lt. Col. John H. Cruger
After instructing her daughters to stay indoors and to keep the doors and windows closed, she grabbed a rifle and ran to the stable where she caught and saddled a colt. The only horse left on the place, it had never been ridden. Nevertheless, she sprung into the saddle and bound herself to it with a girth. As she rode away, she shouted to her daughters, “It is not the most comfortable way of riding.”
She made her way towards Fair Forest camp in the present region of Spartanburg, SC. This region was inhabited by only a few hunters and some scattered families and Indians. Her path was a lonely wilderness, broken only by hills and streams.
Ninety-Six, SC
Arriving at Colonel Williams' camp, he granted her six British prisoners and a guard. Not stopping for rest, she rode on for miles through barren wilderness and gloomy forest. Before daybreak of the second night of her wild ride, she caught sight of the English standard waving above the scarlet uniforms of the British, and with her apron as a flag of truce, she dashed up to the camp commander, Colonel Cruger, and informed him of her mission.
Colonel Cruger replied, “Well, you are just in time, for I had given orders for those rebellious youngsters of yours to be hanged at sunrise, but I guess you can take the rebels.”
“My sons!” she cried, then turning with eyes flashing with indignation, she retorted, “I have given you two for one, Colonel Cruger, but understand that I consider it the best trade I ever made, for rest assured, hereafter the ‘Farrow boys’ will whip you four to one.”
As she dashed off followed by her sons, a soldier remarked, “That's a pretty good speech for so dainty a lady, but she is as warm for the cause as the men.”
So long as she lived, Mrs. Farrow was admired and loved, and it is said that even years after, the eyes of the British soldiers flashed with pleasure when they talked of this South Carolina daughter.
Samuel Farrow
One of her boys, Samuel, lived to represent Pinckney District in Congress, and a portrait of him now hangs in Washington showing the sabre scar on his face made at the Battle of Musgrove's Hill.
Samuel Farrow lies buried in the family burying ground near Enoree Station in Spartanburg County. Where the noble mother lies is not known, but history will always cherish the memory of one whose warm heart and love of country prompted her to so daring a deed of heroism.
(A lot of this information was taken directly from An Essay, by Miss Ruth Petty, Converse College, Class of 1897)
Footnote: Samuel Farrow served in the US Congress and the SC House and was Lt. Governor of SC from 1810-1812. Subsequent research indicates that Mrs. Farrow's burial place was found along with other family members in a pasture near the Enoree River in South Carolina.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Colonial Women of Edenton Rebel

Not Your Typical Tea Party

On October 25, 1774, a group of women in Edenton, NC, formed an alliance to support the American cause against taxation without representation.

Mrs. Penelope Barker

Following the example set by the Boston Tea Party, fifty-one women, organized by Mrs. Penelope Barker and meeting at the home of Mrs. Elizabeth King, drew up resolves declaring their intention to boycott English tea and English cloth.

The custom of tea drinking was deeply instilled in the colonists’ lives. Almost every home had a tea service, and social occasions were often defined by the amount of tea served. So, swearing off tea was no small matter.

From the Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser, January 16, 1775, came the following account of the Edenton Tea Party and the only authentic list of signers of the resolutions.

Extract of a letter from North Carolina, Oct. 27:
The Provincial Deputies of North Carolina having resolvd not to drink any more tea, nor wear any more British cloth, &c. many ladies of this Province have determined to give a memorable proof of their patriotism, and have accordingly entered into the following honourable and spirited association. I send it to you, to shew your fair countrywomen, how zealously and faithfully American ladies follow the laudable example of their husbands, and what opposition your Ministers may expect to receive from a people thus firmly united against them.

As we cannot be indifferent on any occasion that appears nearly to affect the peace and happiness of our country, and as it has thought necessary, for the public good, to enter into several particular resolves by a meeting of Members deputed from the whole Province, it is a duty which we owe, not only to our near and dear connections who have concurred in them, but to ourselves who are essentially interested in their welfare, to do everything as far as lies in our power to testify our sincere adherence to the same; and we do therefore accordingly subscribe this paper, as a witness of our fixed intention and solemn determination to do so.

Abagail Charlton         Mary Blount
F. Johnstone                Elizabeth Creacy
Margaret Cathcart       Elizabeth Patterson
Anne Johnstone          Jane Wellwood
Margaret Pearson        Mary Woolard
Penelope Dawson       Sarah Beasley
Jean Blair                    Susannah Vail
Grace Clayton             Elizabeth Vail
Frances Hall                Elizabeth Vail
Mary Jones                  Mary Creacy
Anne Hall                    Mary Creacy
Rebecca Bondfield     Ruth Benbury
Sarah Littlejohn          Sarah Howcott
Penelope Barker          Sarah Hoskins
Elizabeth P. Ormond Mary Littledle
M. Payne                     Sarah Valentine
Elizabeth Johnston      Elizabeth Crickett
Mary Bonner               Elizabeth Green
Lydia Bonner             Mary Ramsay
Sarah Howe                Anne Horniblow
Lydia Bennet             Mary Hunter
Marion Wells               Tresia Cunningham
Anne Anderson           Elizabeth Roberts
Sarah Mathews           Elizabeth Roberts
Anne Haughton          Elizabeth Roberts
Elizabeth Beasly          

The Edenton Tea Party shocked the Western world, and when news of it reached Britain, because it was a political effort by women, it was met with ridicule and sarcasm.

Political Cartoon Regarding the
Edenton Tea Party

For example, in January 1775, Arthur Iredell wrote the following to his brother, James Iredell:

Is there a female congress at Edenton, too? I hope not, for we Englishmen are afraid of the male congress, but if the ladies, who have ever since the Amazonian era been esteemed the most formidable enemies: if they, I say, should attack us, the most fatal consequence is to be dreaded. So dextrous in the handling of a dart, each wound they give is mortal: whilst we, so unhappily formed by nature, the more we strive to conquer them, the more we are conquered. The Edenton ladies, conscious, I suppose, of this superiority on their side, by a former experience, are willing, I imagine, to crush us into atoms by their omnipotency: the only security on our side to prevent the impending ruin, that I can perceive, is the probability that there are but few places in America which possess so much female artillery as Edenton.

Although political resistance was common in the 1770s, an organized women’s movement was not. Until Mrs. Barker and her friends took their action, women simply did not engage in political discourse in the US or abroad. Their actions were even more extraordinary, for where the men of the Boston Tea Party wore costumes and face paint to hide their identity, these Edenton wives and mothers wanted to send the king a clear and strong message, so they courageously signed their names to their petition, knowing that they were committing an act of treason against British rule.

There was one unexpected consequence brought about by the Edenton Tea Party. Mrs. Barker’s husband Thomas was stationed in London as North Carolina’s appointed agent to Parliament. When word came that his wife had organized a rebellion at home, he was forced to flee to France and did not return to North Carolina until 1778.

Edenton Tea Party Monument

Sometimes called the Edenton Rebellion, the event later became known as the Edenton Tea Party and was one of the earliest organized women’s political actions in United States history. It was a valiant representation by American women of the frustrations with English rule and the need for separation and independence.

Edenton Tea Party Historical Marker