A Militant Family

A Militant Family

The following incidents may illustrate what has been stated of the ladies of this family. In the early part of the war Gov. Rutledge had sent a quantity of arms and ammunition to the frontiers for the use of the Whigs. These were deposited at the house of Col. Thomas and kept under the protection of a guard of twenty-five men. Col. Moore of North Carolina, with 300 Tories, was approaching to take possession of the magazine. Col. Thomas deemed his force inadequate to a successful defense of the house and retired, the guard having taken off and concealed as much of the military stores as time permitted. Josiah Culbertson, a son-in-law of Col. Thomas, refused to leave the house. He had been brought up on the frontiers and was a first rate marksman. With William Thomas, a youth, and the women of the family, he remained, and as soon as Moore and his party came within gunshot a fire was opened upon them from the house and maintained with such vigor that Moore and his party soon withdrew from the conflict and left them in peaceful possession of the premises.