Orig. pub. Charleston 1851. Print on Demand Edition 2019. viii, 592 pp., maps. Item #168
As noted in the title, this volume is a collection of traditions and reminiscences of the American Revolution in the South. Many of the histories written during this time concentrated heavily on actions around the coastal areas. Johnson covers that aspect; but almost half of the book details persons and events taking place in the upper part of South Carolina, particularly the districts of Fairfield, Chester, York, Spartanburg, Lancaster, Edgefield, Ninety-Six and Union--areas which saw some of the hardest-fought battles and skirmishes. Additionally, there is coverage of many events taking place over the borders in North Carolina and Georgia. Sketches of most of the famous men are included but there is numerous mention of other less famous men and their activities. The sieges of Charleston, Savannah, and Augusta receive coverage along with the more famous battles and many smaller skirmishes occurring througout the upcountry. The heroism of civilians, women, and children receive notice. While this is a compilation of remembrances, they are valuable as interesting expressions of the image of the American Revolution in the 19th Century and valuable as documents on an important aspect of 19th Century culture.