South Carolina Loyalists in the American Revolution

by Robert Stansbury Lambert

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"An interest in the Georgia loyalists, which I developed during a brief residence in that state, exposed me to the fact that, except for Robert W. Barnwell, 'Loyalism in South Carolina, 1765–1785' (Ph.D. dissertation, Duke University, 1941), South Carolina's loyalists in the Revolution had not been studied in any comprehensive way. Although Barnwell's study showed a firm grasp of the principal groups and individuals in the province and state who dissented from the decision to seek independence, it had not been expanded to a monograph; meanwhile, much material, particularly from British sources, had become more readily accessible, and it seemed worthwhile to undertake such a study." —Robert Stansbury Lambert



Abbreviations and Acronyms

Introduction: Provincial South Carolina

Part I: Revolution: The Isolation of the Loyalists, 1760-1780

  • 1. The Quarrel over American Rights
  • 2. "The Troubles" Begin
  • 3. Exile and Accommodation, 1776–1779
  • 4. The Road Back: The Rebels at Bay, 1779–1780

Part II: Restoring British Authority: The Loyalist Response, 1780–1781

  • 5. Plans and Personnel
  • 6. Pacifying the Interior
  • 7. The "Second Revolution," Midsummer 1780
  • 8. Kings Mountain, October 1780
  • 9. Provincials, Militia, and Dragoons
  • 10. Retreat from the Interior, 1781

Part III: A War of All the People, 1780–1782

  • 11. Occupied Charlestown
  • 12. Loyalists and Rebels: The Civil War
  • 13. War of Attrition: Loyalist Military Action, 1782
  • 14. Displaced Persons and Pawns of War: Loyalist Refugees and Black Slaves, 1781–1782

Part IV: The Loyalist Experience after the War

  • 15. British Evacuation of South Carolina
  • 16. Dispersal of the Loyalists
  • 17. Retribution and Reconciliation: The Loyalists in Postwar South Carolina