(Great Characters in Literature)

Characters Discussed

Sergeant Galbraith (Horseshoe) Robinson

Sergeant Galbraith (Horseshoe) Robinson, a shrewd, rustic, good-natured colonial patriot. Tall, broad, brawny, and erect, he is brave, scornful of the British and their Tory supporters, and ingenious in aiding Butler and others among the patriots. A somewhat idealized version of the pioneer, he may be compared with such historical ones as Daniel Boone and David Crockett and with a fictional one like Leather-stocking.

Major Arthur Butler

Major Arthur Butler, his handsome, gentlemanly friend, who is captured along with Horseshoe by Tories, escapes with the aid of John Ramsay and Mary Musgrove, is captured again by British troops, and is rescued this time by Horseshoe. With the end of the Tory ascendancy in South Carolina, Butler and his wife Mildred are free to live a long and happy life together.

Philip Lindsay

Philip Lindsay, a Loyalist because of financial interests in England but sympathetic with Mildred over her distress at Butler’s capture. He is fatally wounded while accompanying Tyrrel in a search for Mildred, who had gone to seek clemency for Butler from Cornwallis. Before dying, Lindsay forgives Mildred and Henry for their support of the patriot cause.


Mildred, Lindsay’s daughter, secretly married to Butler for a year but forbidden by her father to see him because of his colonial army...

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