Steven C. Hahn

in The Life and Times of Mary Musgrove

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780813042213
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043043 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses a low and a high point in the Bosomworths' lingering case. The infamous "Savannah Incident" of summer 1749 marks the low point, where the Bosomworths tense meetings with Georgia officials and the Creek Indians ended up landing Mary and Thomas in jail. Following this humiliation, the Bosomworths ventured to Charles Town, South Carolina, and stumbled upon an opportunity to serve that colony's governor as agents to the Creek Indians. As agents, Mary and Thomas helped orchestrate the execution of a Creek man named Acorn Whistler, who was accused of plotting the deaths of several Cherokee men killed outside of Charles Town in 1752. They also arranged for peace negotiations between the Creek and Cherokee Indians, making the Creek agency an unqualified success. The success of the Creek agency not only earned them praise from Governor Glen of South Carolina but effectively revived their case.

Keywords: “Savannah Incident”; Graham Deed; James Glen; 1752 Creek Agency; Acorn Whistler; Frederick Hobzendorf; Thomas Bosomworth

Chapter.  12052 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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