From the 1874 Mitchell Atlas of the World.This beautifully hand-colored map of North Carolina and South Carolina will make a wonderful and thoughtful gift.Insets of Charleston and Charleston Harbor.
Henry Berry Lowrie, who is viewed by some as a sort of Robin Hood figure, led a gang of rebels in North Carolina during the Civil War. The Lumbee and Tuscarora tribes grew to consider Lowrie an ancestor and pioneer in their civil rights battle. The gang's violence began in order to revenge the unjust murders of his father and brother. The group embarked on a series of robberies and murders against the white establishment in 1866 and continued this rebellion until 1872. These white people had excluded him and his family from military service due to their status as free men of color, also known as free blacks. Lowrie's troop became a powerful opposing force to the conservative Democratic power structure of white supremacy. Much of this was done through the robbery and slaughtering of the establishment's associates. In 1872, Lowrie robbed the local sheriff of more than $28,000 and disappeared. His death remains largely disputed, as sightings were reported several years after his disappearance. Without their leader, the gang was almost totally annihilated by the establishment. Although Lowrie and his family appeared to be of African descent, they disdained this idea and instead claimed to be decedents of the Tuscarora Indians. Lowrie is thus portrayed as a hero for the Natives, flouting white supremacy by fighting for his people and defending the downtrodden.
In 1774, Francis Salvador of South Carolina became the first Jew elected to office in the United States. He descended from a prominent Jewish family who had been quite active in the administration. Salvador's grandfather was inflection in the courageous transport of 42 Jewish colonists to Georgia despite the colony's prohibition against Jewish settlers. The family had then purchased land in South Carolina, but returned to their settlement in London. It wasn't until the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 destroyed all the family's property that Salvador resolve to return to South Carolina and attempt to rebuild his family's fortune. The year he arrived, he won a seat in the South Carolina General Assembly. Salvador was elected to the Provincial Congress in 1774, where he advocated fervently for independence. On the first of July, Salvdor rode 30 miles on horseback to warn the settlers of a Cherokee attack, thus earning him the name "Southern Paul Revere." Soon after, Salvador was brutally murdered by a group of Cherokees. He was killed leading a militia group, and thus became the first Jewish soldier killed in the War for Independence. He died before hearing that the Continental Congress in Philadelphia had taken his advice and chosen to vote for independence.
Archival reproduction print from high resolution scan. 12" x 15"