Andrew Pickens

South Carolina Patriot in the Revolutionary War

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About the Book

Brigadier General Andrew Pickens was a primary force bringing about the end of British control in the Southern colonies. His efforts helped drive General Cornwallis to Yorktown, Virginia. His later actions on behalf of the Cherokee Nation are fully explored, and much never before published information about him, his family, and his peers is included. Andrew Pickens loved his country and was a fearless exemplar of leadership. He earned the unyielding respect of his superiors, his fellow officers, and most importantly his militiamen.

About the Author(s)

William R. Reynolds, Jr., is retired from his position as chief intercontinental ballistic missile facilities engineer for USAF Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado. A direct descendant of Chickamauga Cherokee Chief Doublehead and General Andrew Pickens’ brother, Captain Joseph William Pickens, he lives in Colorado Springs.

Bibliographic Details

William R. Reynolds, Jr.
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 406
Bibliographic Info: 43 photos, 27 maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6694-8
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9243-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Preface 1
Prologue 7
1—The Early Days (1740–1765) 11
2—Edging Toward War (1765–1775) 27
3—Pickens Sees Action (1775) 46
4—Here Come the Redcoats! Here Come the Cherokee! (1776) 55
5—The Backcountry Heats Up (1777–1778) 81
6—Georgia Explodes! (1779) 99
7—South Carolina in Jeopardy (1780) 134
8—It Comes Apart for Britain (1780) 167
9—Cowpens! (1781) 189
10—Taking Control of South Carolina (1781) 233
11—The Siege of Augusta (1781) 255
12—The Siege of Ninety Six (1781) 262
13—Cleaning Up the Backcountry (1781 and Later) 290
Epilogue 301
Appendices
A: South Carolina Legislature Bill of 2007 307
B: Civil Records 308
Will of Andrew Pickens, Sr. 308
Estate Inventory of Andrew Pickens, Sr. 308
Abstracts of Augusta County, Virginia, Records 309
Will of Robert Gouedy 309
C: 1755 Anson County, North Carolina, Militia 310
D: 1778 Constitution of South Carolina 312
E: Pension Claims 318
F: Pickens, Hillhouse and the Cherokee Ancestry of the Author 345
G: Articles from Revolutionary Era Publications 348
Chapter Notes 363
Bibliography 379
Index 383