Filed under Loyal Unto Death

The Siege of Ninety Six

In the book The Loyalists at Kings Mountain, it is written that Michael Isham “evacuated Fort Ninety Six with Lt. Col. John H. Cruger.” This places him at another important battle of the American Revolution in the south: the Siege of Ninety Six. In 2012, we visited this battle site near Edgefield, South Carolina. My husband David … Continue reading

A Civil Battle at King’s Mountain

In many ways the American Revolution was as much a civil war as a revolution. Not every colonist took up arms against the British; many of them were loyal to their homeland. One of these loyalists was my ancestor, Michael Eisan. Though he was born in Germany, King George III himself had intervened to save … Continue reading

Crowd-funding in 1764 London

In the years following the Seven Years’ War (1754-1763), tens of thousands of Germans left for the New World to improve their worldly lot. It seems that my ancestor, Michael Greissen (or Eisan as he later was called) was one of these. He was among about 400 Germans who subscribed to join a colony being … Continue reading

A Trip down the Rhine

Michael Eisan was born Michael Greissen Frein in the Palatine region of Germany (Pfalz) sometime around 1730, exactly where or when we do not know.  One thing we do know is that he would have had to take a boat down the Rhine to Amsterdam before setting sail across the ocean to the New World. … Continue reading

The Loyalist is coming!

The Loyalist is coming!

The Loyalist is coming! March 1, 2017 my latest novel will be published as an e-book and it is available now for pre-order at select retailers.In the next few weeks I will be offering information about the research I did on this book and some excerpts of the novel, so stay tuned. The Loyalist is … Continue reading

Getting Ready

Fall is here and for me, even though I’m not a teacher or a student anymore, it feels like a time for new beginnings. With great excitement, I’m looking forward to NaNoWriMo in November. [That’s (Inter)National Novel Writing Month.] To prepare, I’ve signed up form a NaNoWriMo boot camp at Uvic that starts in October. … Continue reading

The Siege of Ninety Six

Ninety Six was the name of a trading post and then a town, fort and Revolutionary battle site in the back country of South Carolina. Nobody seems to know why it is called by that name. The best guess is that it was 96 miles to a nearby Indian village. All I know is that my ancestor … Continue reading

The Battle on King’s Mountain

The Battle of King’s Mountain was a pivotal battle of the American Revolution. All of those who fought were American militiamen with the one exception of Colonel Patrick Ferguson, a Scot, who led the Loyalists. This is his monument: I visited the historic site on a sunny day in October, and the play of shadow … Continue reading

Michael Eisan’s House

“At the end of the workday, Michael paused before his cabin and examined his workmanship: the hand-planed logs with mortared chinks. It was always a marvel to him that he had done it himself. Where there had been nothing but wilderness before, he had crafted a home. The deep pride he felt steeled him for … Continue reading

Virgin Land

Once the ox was going smoothly and Michael had a good strong hand on the plough, he thought about how things had changed in the decade since he had arrived in the district as a young man of thirty-five. Many of the German families that had settled Log Creek with him had given up and … Continue reading