The British Partizan: A Revolutionary War Tale
Mary Elizabeth Moragné won wide recognition for The British Partizan, a short novel of romance and high adventure. The story is set during the Revolutionary War in the hill country of western South Carolina where there raged a brutal civil war that pitted brother against brother and neighbor opposed to neighbor. The work, originally published in 1838, received high acclaim from literary journals and critics, the Knickerbocker declaring it approached the style and genius of Sir Walter Scott.
The novel is reprinted with a new introduction by Bobby F. Edmonds.
The British Partizan is based on the lives of real persons against a historically-accurate background. The principal characters are Ralph Cornet, Annette Bruyésant and Pierre Bruyésant.
Members of the author’s mother’s Caine family were the originals for the Cornets. The British Partizan himself, Ralph Cornet is based on William Caine, British sympathizer in real life. William’s elder brother, James, a Patriot (Whig) and the author’s ancestor, had actually been killed by the Tories (Loyalists) in the manner described.
Ralph Cornet joins the British forces, but when he learns of the atrocities committed by the Tories in the region, he regrets his allegiance to the British. However, he does not join the American forces. Instead he exiles himself from his former home.
Annette’s father, Pierre Bruyésant, colorful and typically Huguenot, is patterned after the author’s own grandfather Pierre Moragné of the New Bordeaux colony.
Patriot General Andrew Pickens, Lieutenant Pickens, Colonel John Dooly, British Major Patrick Ferguson, Hugh Bates and other Tories, appear under their own names.
That bloodshed in the American Revolution began in Massachusetts and ended in South Carolina was no accident. The British regarded the South as their final and best chance of crushing the rebellion. But, the British made one serious, tactical error after another. Historians assert that British commanders never learned to fight effectively against partisan Southerners in a land of intense summer heat and incapacitating diseases, vast woodlands, swamps, wide, deep, and un-bridged rivers, and impenetrable pine thickets. Here was a natural country for guerrilla warfare and an almost impossible terrain for classic European operational concepts. Ill-equipped partisan guerrilla fighters kept the war alive in the South, compelling Lord Cornwallis to abandon his plan to invade North Carolina, and ultimately to surrender at Yorktown.
The British Partizan - $11
Softcover, A Revolutionary War Tale, by Mary Moragné, edited with a new introduction by Bobby F. Edmonds, 118 pages, 5-1/2"x8-1/2", ISBN 978-0-9749976-5-0