The Yemassee

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THE YEMASSEE UPRISING

Below is a contemporary account of the initial stages of the Yemassee uprising as reported to the Boston News-Letter. Its substantial accuracy may be tested by more formal accounts referred to in the bibliography, above.

Boston, On Tuesday last arrived here His Majesty's Ship Success Capt. Meade Commander, about twelve days Passage from South-Carolina, by whom his Excellency our Governour had a Letter from the Honourable Governour Craven, acquainting him that all their Indians, made up of many various Nations, consisting of between ten or twelve Thousand Men (that lately paid Obedience to that Government) had shaken off their Fidelity, Treacherously Murdering several of his Majesty's Subjects.

By Passengers from South-Carolina we have the following Account, That about the 12th of April last, the Governour being inform'd of a Rupture between the English and Indians, he immediately dispatched Capt. Nairn and Mr. John Cockrum, Gentlemen, well acquainted with the Indians, to know the cause of their Discontent, who accordingly on the 15th of April met the Principal part of them at the Yamsy Town, about 130 Miles from Charlstown, and after several Debates pro and con, the Indians at last seem'd very ready to come to a good Agreement and Reconciliation, and having prepared a good Supper for our Messengers, all went quietly to rest, but early next Morning their Lodging was beset with a great Number of Indians, who Barbarously Murdered Capt. Nairn and Messieurs John Wright and Thomas Ruffly, Mr. Cockrum and his Wife they kept Prisoners, whom they afterwards slew; one Seamore Burroughs a strong Rubust Man seeing the Indians cruel Barbarity on the other Gentlemen, made his way good thro' the middle of the Enemy, they pursuing and firing several shot at him, one took him thro' the Cheeck (which is since cured) and coming to a River he Swam throw, and Alarmed the Plantations, so that by his Escape, and a Merchant Man that lay in Port Royal River, that Fired some Great Guns on the Enemy, several Hundreds of English lives were saved.

At the same time that Governour Craven Dispatched Capt.

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  • American Fiction Series *
  • The Yemassee *
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations vii
  • Introduction ix
  • A Simms Chronology xxxvi
  • Selected Bibliography xxxvii
  • The Yemassee Uprising xlii
  • Note on the Text *
  • To Professor Samuel Henry Dickson, M.D., of South Carolina 3
  • Chapter I 9
  • Chapter II 15
  • Chapter III 21
  • Chapter IV 28
  • Chapter V 34
  • Chapter VI 43
  • Chapter VII 51
  • Chapter VIII 65
  • Chapter IX 74
  • Chapter X 81
  • Chapter XI 91
  • Chapter XII 98
  • Chapter XIII 105
  • Chapter XIV 113
  • Chapter XV 118
  • Chapter XVI 123
  • Chapter XVII 133
  • Chapter XVIII 139
  • Chapter XIX 146
  • Chapter XX 151
  • Chapter XXI 159
  • Chapter XXII 165
  • Chapter XXIII 173
  • Chapter XXIV 182
  • Chapter XXV 188
  • Chapter XXVI 201
  • Chapter XXVII 210
  • Chapter XXVIII 215
  • Chapter XXIX 222
  • Chapter XXX 229
  • Chapter XXXI 235
  • Chapter XXXII 243
  • Chapter XXXIII 249
  • Chapter XXXIV 255
  • Chapter XXXV 265
  • Chapter XXXVI 271
  • Chapter XXXVII 276
  • Chapter XXXVIII 283
  • Chapter Xxxix 295
  • Chapter XL 300
  • Chapter XLI 307
  • Chapter XLII 314
  • Chapter XLIII 322
  • Chapter XLIV 329
  • Chapter XLV 336
  • Chapter XLVI 345
  • Chapter XLVII 355
  • Chapter XLVIII 363
  • Chapter Xlix 375
  • Chapter L 382
  • Chapter LI 389
  • Chapter LII 396
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