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, February 26, 2012

Women of the Revolution presentation/dramatization

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Revolutionary War Timeline of Battles

The Rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes (4/18)
The Battles of Lexington and Concord (4/19)
Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys Seize Fort Ticonderoga (5/10)
The Second Continental Congress (met in Philadelphia, 5/10)
George Washington named Commander in Chief (6/15)
Battle of Bunker Hill (fought on Breed's Hill) (6/17)
Montgomery captures Montreal for Americans (11/13)
Benedict Arnold's failed attack on Quebec (12/30)

Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" published (1/15)
Patriot triumph at Moore's Creek, NC (2/27)
Continental fleet captures New Providence Island in the Bahamas (3/3)
The British evacuate Boston (3/17)
Richard Henry Lee proposes Independence (6/7)
British defense of Fort Moultrie, SC (6/28)
Declaration of Independence adopted (7/4)
Declaration of Independence signed (8/2)
Arrival of 30,000 British troops in New York harbor
British win the Battle of Long Island (Battle of Brooklyn) (8/27-30)
British occupy New York City (9/15)
British win the Battle of Harlem Heights (9/16)
Benedict Arnold defeated at Lake Champlain (10/11)
American retreat at the Battle of White Plains (10/28)
British capture Fort Washington, NY and Fort Lee, NJ (11/16)
Washington Crosses the Delaware and captures Trenton (12/26)

Washington wins the Battle of Princeton (1/3)
Washington winters in Morristown, NJ (1/6-5/28)
Flag Resolution (flag possibly designed by Hopkinson, likely sewn by Betsy Ross) (6/14)
St. Clair surrenders Fort Ticonderoga to the British (7/5)
Lafayette arrives in Philadelphia (7/27)
Americans under Herkimer defeat the British under St. Leger at Fort Stanwix, in the Mohawk Valley in Oriskany, New York (8/6)
American Militia under General Stark triumph over Hessians at Bennington (8/16)
British General Howe lands at Head of Elk, Maryland (8/25)
British success at the Battle of Brandywine, PA (9/11)
Rain-out at the Battle of the Clouds, PA (9/16)
General Burgoyne checked by Americans under Gates at Freeman's Farm, NY (9/19)
Paoli Massacre, PA (9/21)
British under Howe occupy Philadelphia (9/26)
Americans driven off at the Battle of Germantown (10/4)
Burgoyne loses second battle of Freeman's Farm, NY (at Bemis Heights) (10/7)
Burgoyne surrenders to American General Gates at Saratoga, NY (10/17)
Hessian attack on Fort Mercer, NJ repulsed (10/22)
British capture Fort Mifflin, PA (11/16)
Americans repulse British at Whitemarsh, PA (12/5-7)
The Winter at Valley Forge, PA (12/19/77-6/19/78)

The French Alliance (2/6)
British General William Howe replaced by Henry Clinton (3/7)
Von Steuben arrives at Valley Forge
Battle of Barren Hill, PA (5/20)
Washington fights to a draw at Battle of Monmouth (6/28)
George Rogers Clark captured Kaskaskia, a French village near Detroit (7/4)
French and American forces besiege Newport, RI (8/8)
British occupy Savannah, GA (12/29)

Militia beat Tories at Kettle Creek, NC (2/14)
American George Rogers Clark captures Vincennes on the Wabash in the Western campaign (2/25)
Fairfield, CT, burned by British (7/8)
Norwalk, CT, burned by British (7/11)
American "Mad" Anthony Wayne captures Stony Point, NY (7/15-16)
"Light Horse" Harry Lee attacks Paulus Hook, NJ (8/19)
John Paul Jones, aboard the Bonhomme Richard, captures British man-of-war Serapis near English coast (9/23)
The Tappan Massacre ("No Flint" Grey kills 30 Americans by bayonet) (9/28)
American attempt to recapture Savannah, GA fails (10/9)
Coldest Winter of the war, Washington at Morristown, NJ

British capture Charleston, SC (5/12)
British crush Americans at Waxhaw Creek, SC (5/29)
Patriots rout Tories at Ramseur's Mill, NC (6/20)
French troops arrive at Newport, RI, to aid the American cause (7/11)
Patriots defeat Tories at Hanging Rock, SC (8/6)v British rout Americans at Camden, SC (8/16)
Benedict Arnold's plans to cede West Point to the British discovered (9/25)
King's Mountain, SC: battle lasted 65 minutes. American troops led by Isaac Shelby and John Sevier defeated Maj. Patrick Ferguson and one-third of General Cornwallis' army. (10/7)
Washington names Nathanael Greene commander of the Southern Army (10/14)

Mutiny of unpaid Pennsylvania soldiers (1/1)
Patriot Morgan overwhelming defeated British Col. Tarleton at Cowpens, SC (1/17)
Articles of Confederation adopted (3/2)
British win costly victory at Guilford Courthouse, NC (3/15)vGreene defeated at Hobkirk's Hill, SC (4/25)
Cornwallis clashed with Greene at Guilford Courthouse, NC (5/15)
Americans recapture Augusta, GA (6/6)
British hold off Americans at Ninety Six, SC (6/18)
"Mad" Anthony Wayne repulsed at Green Springs Farm, VA (7/6)
Greene defeated at Eutaw Springs, SC (9/8)
French fleet drove British naval force from Chesapeake Bay (9/15)
Cornwallis surrounded on land and sea by Americans and French and surrenders at Yorktown, VA (10/19)

1782 and Beyond
Lord North resigned as British Prime Minister (3/20/82)
British evacuated Savannah, GA (7/11/82)
British sign Articles of Peace (11/30/82)
British leave Charleston, SC (12/14/82)
Congress ratifies preliminary peace treaty (4/19/83)
Treaty of Paris (9/3/83)
British troops leave New York (11/25/83)
Washington Resigns as Commander (12/23/83)
U.S. Constitution ratified (9/17/87)

1733 Molasses Act
1754-1763 French and Indian War
1763 Proclamation of 1763
1764 Law passed which forbid the colonies from printing or using their won money
1765 Stamp Act
1767 Townsend Act
March 5, 1770 Soldiers kill five colonists in the Boston Massacre
December 16, 1773 The Boston Tea Party
September 5 - October 26, 1774 First Continental Congress Met in Philadelphia

Lexington and Concord
April 19, 1775 Battles of Concord and Lexington
May 10, 1775 Second Continental Congress Met in Philadelphia
May 10, 1775 Capture by Colonists of forts and arsenals at Ticonderoga
May 11, 1775 Battle of Crown Point - Green Mountain Boys & Ethan Allen attacked the British Fort Ticonderoga near Lake Champlain and won
June 15, 1775 Congress names George Washington as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army

Bunker Hill
June 17, 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill
December 31, 1775 American army invaded Canada and tried to take Quebec but failed
January 1776 Thomas Paine published Common Sense
March 1776 Battle of Dorchester Heights
July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence
August 1776 Arrival of 30,000 British troops in New York harbor

Long Island
August 27, 1776 Battle of Long Island - Americans defeated
September 16, 1776 Battle of Harlem Heights - Americans defeated

White Plains   Trenton   Princeton
October 28, 1776 Battle of White Plains - Americans defeated
December 25 -January 3, 1776-77 Crossing of the Delaware & Battles of Trenton and Princeton, NJ - Americans win
1777 Winter Quarters at Princeton

July 5, 1777 Ticonderoga captured by the British
September 19-October 7, 1777 Battle of Saratoga, NY - Americans win
October 17, 1777 Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga
September 11, 1777 Battle of Brandywine - Americans defeated
October 4, 1777 Battle of Germantown - Americans retreat
December 19, 1777 Encampment at Valley Forge for the Winter.
February 6, 1778 Ben Franklin encourages France to sign an alliance with the United States
June 19, 1778 Evacuation of Valley Forge Winter Quarters.

June 28, 1778 Battle of Monmouth
December 29, 1778 Savannah taken by the British
1779 Lafayette goes to France to plead for help
September 1779 John Paul Jones's Bonhomme Richard captures the British Serapis

Charles Towne, S.C.
May 12, 1780 Charlestown, SC taken by the British
August 16, 1780 Gates defeated by Cornwallis near Camden, South Carolina.
September 23, 1780 Benedict Arnold's plot to surrender West Point frustrated.

Kings Mountain
October 7, 1780 King's Mountain - British defeated
1780 Rochambeau arrives in America with 5,500 men.
1781 Powerful French fleet under deGrasse arrives - Block British naval force in Chesapeake Bay
January 17, 1781 Cowpens - British defeated
March 15,
1781 Guilford Court
House - Americans defeated
1781 Greene clears interior of South Carolina and Georgia of the enemy
October 19, 1781 Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown
November 30, 1782 Provisional Peace
September 3, 1783 Treaty of Peace of Paris

Reviews of The Chamomile

An inspirational Revolutionary War romantic suspense

A gem of a historical!
By Laura Frantz (Port Angeles, WA)
This review is from: The Chamomile (Paperback)
     I rarely write reviews and am not yet finished with the novel but am so delighted by this book I couldn't wait to share here. Rich with historical detail about the 18th century in general and South Carolina in particular, this novel offers a pleasing mix of romance and suspense that keeps you turning pages. I was smitten from the first paragraph. An ambitious plot, well drawn characters, a strong yet elegant voice and much more takes you back in time so thoroughly you won't want the book to end. Destined for your keeper shelf, surely, as well as mine. I only hope the author has more historicals in the works. I'm a fan and I don't say that lightly! Highly recommended!

A Treasure Trove and Must Read!!!
By C. "Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D." (Yorktown, VA, United States) –
This review is from: The Chamomile (Kindle Edition)
The Chamomile by Susan Craft
     I am going to gush. I just finished reading Susan Craft's book. It is not a CBA book, but this is an amazing inspirational book. It is a historical with strong romantic elements, not a historical romance. Susan has a command of South Carolina history that is remarkable and it shows on every page. This book is like a treasure trove of American Revolution and colonial history relevant to South Carolina and unlike anything I have ever read. The closest thing might be The Frontiersman's Daughter, Laura Frantz's labor of love which is set in Kentucke. Laura spent years researching The Frontiersman's Daughter as did Susan in her research for The Chamomile. You simply must read it and if you have not read The Frontiersman's Daughter you need to read that, too.
I was thinking that Susan might be the Liz Curtis Higgs of SC historical (American Revolution) fiction - she gives that much attention to detail. Just a treasure trove of information along with a tight story and excellent charactertization. Loved it and did not want to finish this book.
Bravo Susan!!!

Tenacity Rules
By Jim Duggins, Ph.D
This review is from: The Chamomile (Paperback)
It is the intriguing and engaging plot that saves the day in Susan F. Croft's novel, "The Chamomile". Set in the period of America's Revolution, this story clearly depicts the fear and confusion, the chaos and hatred that spring up among neighbors at war.
"The Chamomile," tells the story of Lilyan, a young woman, a talented artist and designer in Charleston, South Carolina at the time of the first British attacks on the independence-seeking American colonies. The reader sees in these opening pages, the closeness of nuclear families and communities abruptly torn apart by "patriot" vs. "crown" allegiances. In this case, too, Lilyan's brother, Andrew, a patriot guerilla, is being held on a British prison ship off the coast.
Next, introduce Elizabeth, a Cherokee woman, best-friend, companion, maid to Lilyan. In a series of scuffles with the enemy, Elizabeth and Lilyan are alternately ill, injured and care for one another until Elizabeth is killed. Lilyan, for her part, mixes it up with the enemy, killing one and saving the life of another. In the final chapters of this multi-adventured tale, it is Elizabeth's Cherokee people who save the lives of both Lilyan and her brother, Andrew.
"The Chamomile," the title and icon of this particular sect of partisan patriots is a great summer read of the beach book variety. I found the plot engaging and believable albeit a trifle ambitious for a relatively short historical novel. Deeper character development would have relieved the often expected cardboard role playing of the protagonists. Still, "The Chamomile" was a good read with insights into aspects of our early history that are not often uncovered.

New Revolutionary War Heroine Emerges in a Can't Put It Down Read
By John Ford (Franklin, TN, United States) –
This review is from: The Chamomile (Paperback)
Ms. Craft has produced a powerful story of love -- love of country, love of God, love of friends, and love between a noble man and a strong woman. Fair warning: expect to find yourself teary-eyed as the story unfolds.
Her cleverly crafted characters gain wholeness as the exciting and inciting plot propels the reader toward the next conflict -- all occurring in an epic period of American history when being a Patriot took great courage. The heroine, Lilyan, spies on the British, plans the rescue of her brother, plots the death of an English officer, saves the life of another, hides from bounty hunters, and finds true love with the man of her dreams.
Ms. Craft's suspenseful novel displays her engaging writing style, vivid imagination, precise word choice, realistic dialogue, attention to meaningful detail and description, ideal setting, deft handling of the pace and plot of the story and the obvious diligent research. These attributes are all individual flavors of Ms. Craft's creation. Each flavor is a delicious snack separately; collectively, they intermingle, drawing strength and subtlety from each other, yielding a scrumptious, inspiring, and heart-melting literary meal!
Read this story; then, as do I, you will eagerly await the sequel!

A Truly GREAT Historical Fiction,
By Elaine Marie Cooper
This review is from: The Chamomile (Paperback)
     Where do I begin? I loved The Chamomile so much that it will likely be on my favorite list for all of my 2012 novel reading.
From the first chapter, I was totally caught up in the characters and their precarious situation as Patriots in British-occupied South Carolina in 1780. Author Susan Craft artfully wove an intense and realistic story filled with situations that left you breathless and characters that captured your heart. It takes an extremely well written story to move me to tears and I had to grab my tissues more than once.
Throughout the novel is a strong theme of trusting God in the midst of terrible circumstances. The maturing of faith in the characters is inspiring. And each character, whether major or minor, was so well portrayed that I felt I knew them.
Not only was this novel well written but the historical detail was enlightening and enriching. It was obvious that Ms. Craft spent years on her skillful research. She painted a picture of Colonial America that is still playing like a movie in my mind.
Even if you usually don't read historical fiction, I would still highly recommend this read. You will truly not want to put it down. I can only pray that Ms. Craft has a sequel in the works.
By Carol A. Brown 
This review is from: The Chamomile (Paperback)
I finished the book Chamomile over a week ago and have not written a review because life took one of those turns, you know, life happens! However, during that hiatus the characters kept popping into my mind and drawing me back to the time and places of the American Revolution--to Lilyan Cameron and Captain Nicholas Xanthakos and the Creeks and Cherokees who befriended them. Susan Craft has done a masterful job of taking us along with Lilyan and Nicholas as they were swept along with the current of the events of that revolution and deposited far from where they started.
Lilyan, the daughter of a patriot who was killed in action, sold her father's business and invested in a wallpaper business of her own. She made a living and supported a younger brother and Elizabeth, a young Cherokee woman Lilyan's father brought into the home to help raise his small children after his wife died. A strong and independent spirit, Lilyan too became a patriot, passing on vital information she picked up while doing business with the wives of officers.
A commission to do a mural on a plantation, miles from home, brought Lilyan, and crew to another pivotal time in life. A lecherous British officer attempted to rape Elizabeth. In her best friend's defense Lilyan picked up the first thing her hand could find--a stone statue, and brought it crashing down on the man's head--a fatal blow. Lilyan became a murderess, and a fugitive with a bounty on her head. A freed slave who stayed on the care for the elderly plantation owner secreted the party away until they could disappear into the swamps of the southern U.S. to join the band of Marion, the Swamp Fox.
Woven through the life and death situations is the growing love bond between Lilyan and Nicholas; finally, in the swamp the happy couple wed. The entire band worked to make the event special and to protect the place provided for a honeymoon. But all good things come to an end...sadly, the war intruded and Captain Xanthakos was called away; bounty hunters took Elizabeth's life; the Swamp Fox and company were on the run. Lilyan, her brother Andrew and Callum had to flee into the mountains to join Elizabeth's family where they stayed until word came that settlers' sentiments had turned against the Indians who remained loyal to the British. Once again our friends were on the run, once again a bounty hunter found Lilyan. Realizing unscrupulous men would be lured by the reward for as long as Lilyan was alive; it was decided to employ an extremely risky ruse to spread word that Lilyan was dead...
Through all the trials, their faith carries the main characters through. The story portrays the integral place that faith played in the early colonies. They are so like us, like me, with questions, fears and doubts. I like how Craft has woven faith throughout the story without ever lapsing into preaching. She has portrayed seamy characters without using offensive language--bravo!
A very well crafted book (pardon the pun), well paced; characters have depth of character; it was well researched and accurately portrayed that men of character were on both sides. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone, but especially history buffs, lovers of romance and those who enjoy action. This is not just a "chic" book! The romance does not overpower the action, adventure, or history--it is just an excellent, well balanced book!

The Chamomile, a Revolutionary War historical romantic suspense


Author Susan F. Craft, takes her readers on a thrilling journey from Charleston, SC, through the South Carolina backcountry, to the North Carolina mountains in her latest Revolutionary War romantic suspense, THE CHAMOMILE (Ingalls Publishing Group, released November 2011; $15.95; ISBN 978-1-932158-94-6.

Lilyan Cameron joins Patriot spies in British-occupied Charlestown, SC, to rescue her brother from a notorious prison ship. She’ll lie, steal, kill or be killed she promises Nicholas Xanthakos, a scout with Francis Marion’s partisans, who leads the mission. In Nicholas’ arms she discovers enduring love…a home. But that home is a long time coming. Her journey requires she save the life of one British officer and kill another to protect her Cherokee friend, Elizabeth. In escaping bounty hunters, she treks 200 miles of wilderness and very nearly loses everything before finally reuniting with her true love.

Delicious and difficult to put down...Craft’s style respects the eighteenth-century speech flavors and rhythms without confusing her readers with relentless “period” jargon.
... characters are memorable, and her story brims with romance, danger and hairsbreadth escapes.
—schuyler kaufman, Carolina Mountain Life

“Craft takes her charming heroine through a richly detailed journey to courage, love, and strength.  Filled with intriguing characters and all the drama of war, this is one of those books that help us remember history is anything but dull,” says Allie Pleiter, best-selling author of Masked by Moonlight and Mission of Hope, Harlequin Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historicals

“Ranging from Charlestown to the Cherokee Country, the story involves the many characters that made up the South Carolina mosaic in 1780. From African-American slaves, English soldiers, Catawba, as well as Loyalists, and Patriot militia that populated the state in 1780-1781, Susan Craft has created a great story and adventure,” says Marion Chandler, retired Archivist with the SC Department of Archives and History and author of 1973 South Carolina Archives.

“In this age of equestrian literary amnesia, Susan Craft led an international team of authors, researchers, scientists, cavalrymen and Long Riders who created the Equestrian Writer's Guide. Armed with this treasure trove of vital mounted wisdom, Craft has now penned THE CHAMOMILE. Though it is a fictional novel, set during the American Revolutionary War, Craft's tale of intrepid equestrian travelers rings true, thanks to the horse history and lore she helped preserve for future generations,” says CuChullaine O’Reilly, who is the founder of the Long Riders’ Guild, the world’s international association of equestrian explorers, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers’ Club, and author of Khyber Knights.

Craft, who has lived in Columbia, SC, since she was five, has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from USC.  Her 40-year career includes working for SC Educational Television, the SC Department of Mental Health, the SC College of Pharmacy, and currently for the SC Senate. This is the fourth book she has authored. The first two were S.C. State Library award-winning professional works in the field of mental health, and the third, published in 2006, was A Perfect Tempest, a historical fiction set in Columbia during the Civil War.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the American Christian Fiction Writers, The Historical Novel Society, the S.C. Writers Workshop, the SC Historical Society, the Robert Burns Society, the Colonial American Christian Writers, and the Inkplots, a writers’ critique group. Her short stories have been published in four of the group’s collections.