Both Royal Governor William Tryon and the Regulator insurrection are well known to students of North Carolina history. In this novel, Inglis Fletcher retells these familiar stories through the actions of Hillary Caswell. Caswell is a Marylander by birth, new to North Carolina, but wealthy and well connected (his cousin Richard is the speaker of the North Carolina Assembly). As the novel opens, Caswell is making plans to go to New Bern where he will join Governor Tryon’s administration. Although the complaints of his kinsmen and the allure of Cecelia Chapman should have kept him in Tyrrell County, Caswell goes on to New Bern and from there into the fray of late colonial unrest and the fateful Battle of Alamance. As with most of Fletcher’s novels, historical figures like Tryon, Harmon Husband, and Edmund Fanning are integral to the story.
This is the ninth novel in Fletcher’s Carolina Series.
Check this title’s availability in the UNC-Chapel Hill Library catalog.