Draper Manuscripts: King's Mountain Papers, 1756-1887

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Series: 13 DD (Volume 13)
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Draper correspondence, mainly 1870-1874, notes, and a few clippings, all of which pertain to Thomas Sumter and his associates and not to King's Mountain. A few items concern the location and topography of Juniper Springs, the battle known as Huck's Defeat, and the skirmish at Mobley's Meeting House, but most of the materials are biographical or genealogical. Letters concern Sumter and his nickname of “Game Cock,” as well as William Capers, Jesse Coffey, Ransom Davis, Warren R. Davis, Godfrey Dreher, Gabriel and John Friday, Emily Geiger, Joseph Graham (Grimes), Wade Hampton, John Huggins, William D. James, the McCord brothers-John, Joseph, and William, Myer Moses, William Nettles, William Polk, John Singleton, John Adam Sumner, Josiah Wallace, Thomas Woolford, and William Wylie.

There are also Draper's copies of selections from William R. Davie's correspondence and of a privately owned certificate (1831) by Sumter attesting to the “friendly and humane” treatment of American prisoners and wounded given by Charleston merchant Myer Moses after the fall of the city in 1780. Draper's notes on Thomas Brandon, William Bratton, William Candler, Robert Crawford, William Henderson, Robert Irwin, Edward Lacey (Lacy), Charles S. Myddelton, Andrew Pickens, Thomas Taylor, Andrew Williamson, and Richard Winn are quite extensive, but many others are mentioned briefly. Numerous South Carolina correspondents wrote with harsh bitterness or discouragement about destruction and brutality during the Civil War and the influence of the Negroes in the Reconstruction years.