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Daniel McGirtt, born in 1747, in Camden South Carolina to James McGirtt, a

retired senior British military officer and his wife Priscilla, grew up learning

about the wilderness that was North America in the mid 1700s.  Their

plantation focused on cotton for a cash crop and vegetables of all sorts for

the table.  Daniel's interest in horsemanship led to his serving as a scout for

the Continental Army, when it began to take shape, much to the disapproval

of his Loyalist Father.  Most of his neighbors, the Canteys, the Boykins, the

Whitakers, the Hamptons all supported the coming Rebellion.  James McGirtt

and his wife retired to British East Florida.  Daniel and his brother James,

with a host of friends and neighbors, headed for Fort MacIntosh in Georgia,

to serve under General Winn against the British.  Fort MacIntosh, however,

presented conflicts that Daniel and his brother resolved through pride rather

than chain of command.  There, Daniel McGirtt received his label, "Dirt

McGirtt."  The title was seldom used in his presence and when it was, Daniel

did not accept it in friendship. 

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Few bothered to write about Daniel McGirtt unless they hated him. Then, their words were many.  Historians

remember him as colorful, calling him a bandit, head of the banditti, a horse thief and murderer.  Yet the British

Governor of East Florida made him Lieutenant Colonel in the East Florida Rangers.  He fought bravely and

daringly under Brigadier General Augustine Prevost at Savannah, Charleston and Augusta beside the likes of Lt.

Colonels William “Bloody Bill“ Cunningham and Stephen Mayfield.  His reward of a two thousand acre plantation on Maxton Island in Florida became his home and refuge.  Tasked with guarding Florida’s border from the opportunism of Georgia’s raiders, Daniel severely angered the brigands raiding Florida’s farms. After their raids, he pursued them all the way into Georgia, recovering the stolen goods, frequently with much bloodshed and a large interest penalty consisting of the rest of their property.  After the war, when Zespedes gifted land to the former raiders, those Daniel angered became his neighbors.  That uncomfortable arrangement resulted in harassment, political bullying and ultimately Daniel’s imprisonment at the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine and El Castillo de Los Tres Reyes Magos Del Morro in Cuba. Dan’s fingerprints probably still mark the walls of those damp, lightless dungeons.  At the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, one large compartment is labeled “The Jail.”  To see the horrendous place where Daniel McGirtt was imprisoned, visit the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine and take a look.

This study of the life of Daniel McGirtt attempts to understand the real man instead of confirming or denying the

allegations assembled to defame him.  The many vague accusations leveled at McGirtt remain enigmatic but consistently appear to be written by his enemies.  In the face of all that, his many friends and large family

remained loyal and protective.  Somewhere between the anger and the love, rests the truth.

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Most of the books listed

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Return to Masada, published

by Dandelion Books in

2000 is available only in

paperback.  Where the Clouds

Sleep is available in

paperback and Kindle, only.

Plans for the Future:  Updated 6/11/2016

I'm playing with the idea of doing another historical fiction. My playing with it has taken a serious enough turn that I ordered five books on the subject of the Seminole Wars, so far.  The character of Wakapuchasce interests me.  Chief Wakapuchasce fled Georgia because of the incursion of the White Man in the 1740s or 50s.  He lived in central Florida where he raised his two sons Payne and Bolek who later succeeded him as chief.  Bolek's son, Hitchiti, when he grew up became Chief Micanopy who died in Oklahoma after his people were forcibly removed from their home in Florida at the end of the second Seminole War.  It makes me feel sad that Chief Micanopy lost his land to the White man's jealousy, as it turns out.  Yes, the line of Wakapuchasce interests me.  Maybe that will be my next project.

I learned today that the word, "Seminole" probably comes from a Creek word, "Seminooli" (sp?) which means "runaway." The Spanish word that people think the word Seminole comes from, "Cimarones," means wild ones.  I always feel good when I can resolve a conflict like that for myself.  I knew there was a problem because Cimaron means Wild, not Run. Now I understand.  RGM