EMILY GEIGER, a set of source documents

  1. Emily Geiger wedding invitation 1789
  2. "Emily Geiger" - Ellett's "Women of the Revolution" 1848 Vol. 2 p341 1858
  3. Benson J. Lossing. The Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution. 1852.  NY: Harper & Brothers,  1852
  4. A Story of the American Revolution 1852, Arthur 1852
  5. Emily Geiger - History of the United States, Quackenbos (NY 1857) Chapter XVIII, p290-291 1857
  6. "Story of Emily Geiger" Annals of Newberry County, SC, John A. Chapman, 1859 A.M., Part 11, p461 1859
  7. Draper Manuscripts, probably written c1875-1900, mentions Emily. c1875-1900
  8. Carolina Heroines - The World (newspaper), 8 July 1891, Orangeburg, SC 1891
  9. "Emily Geiger" - Chapman's History of South Carolina, 1897, Chapter XXVIII, p134-137
  10. A Geiger Family Genealogy 1901
  11. A Geiger Family Tradition over Many Generations - a Geiger Defense  13 Nov. 1917
  12. Grave of Emily Geiger By A. S. Sa1ley, Jr.  Oct./Nov. 1927
  13. A Geiger Defense by Thomas R. Davis  18 Dec. 1927
  14. Mr. Salley: "Insists "Emily Geiger's Grave" is Invention by Myth Builders  Nov./Dec. 1927
  15. Affidavits 3 Feb. 1931 (the ladies got the last word in, as A.S. Salley died in 1930!)
  16. Emily Geiger - The Twin City News 1933
  17. "The Legend of Emily Geiger" - Mrs. T.S. Crayton Cateeche Chapter, SC 1933 1933
  18. Geiger Memorial Dedication Outline (1974) 1974
  19. Drawing of the Encounter Between Emily Geiger and British Soldiers
  20. Commentary by Mrs. Sara Texas Geiger-Geiger on Mr. Salley
  21. Penciled notation
  22. Relics of Emily Geiger
  23. The Cayce House and Cayce Museum
  24. South Carolina Women of the Revolution date unknown
  25. South Carolina, A History 1998 (women's revolutionary roles)
  26. Emily Geiger Material from  The Secret Message, 1998, & Cayce Historical Museum Geiger room
  27. Paul Chrastina's article in OLD NEWS October 2001   2001

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This material was submitted by Ms. Sara Texas Geiger-Geiger, and others, for inclusion on this web page at my request.  All material contained herein is copyright ©2002, all rights reserved.  Many thanks to Ms. Geiger, and all contributors, for submitting this wonderful set of material, and graciously permitting it to be posted to the web!  This is simply a treasure trove of material!  We also owe multitudes of gratitude to Ms. Helen Skinner for obtaining this material for us from Ms. Geiger.  Others have subsequently added to this material, and indeed continue to do so.  Ms. Harriet Imrey has made innumberable excellent additions and corrections to this material.  It is people like her who make such web sections excel!  My hat is off to her, and all of the wonderful people who have contributed.  I am but the mechanic that makes it available!  Blessed be America for providing such an environment for us all!

Full References courtesy of, and thanks to, H. Imrey.

  1. Elizabeth F. Ellet. The Women of the American Revolution. NY: Baker and Scribner, 1848 (Vols. I & II); 1850 (Vol. III). (full reference courtesy of, and thanks to, H. Imrey.)
  2. Benson J. Lossing. The Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1852. (full reference courtesy of, and thanks to, H. Imrey.)
  3. Timothy S. Arthur. "A Story of the American Revolution", in The Lost Penny and Other Stories. Philadelphia PA: Lippincott & Co., 1862. [Story copyrighted to Lippincott, Grambe & Co., 1852.] (full reference courtesy of, and thanks to, H. Imrey.)
  4. John B. O'Neall and John A. Chapman. The Annals of Newberry in Two Parts. Newberry SC: Aull & Houseal, 1892. [Note: O'Neall's Vol. I published in 1859; edition with Chapman's Vol. II published in 1892.] (full reference courtesy of, and thanks to, H. Imrey.)
  5. John A. Chapman. School History of South Carolina. Richmond VA: Everett Waddey Co., 1897. (full reference courtesy of, and thanks to, H. Imrey.)

As a scientist, I must caution any of you using these documents for school work, that Mr. Salley is correct on one point.  None of these documents survive the test of scientific validity as original source documents, as presented.  The original wedding invitation would have to be examined by someone who could judge the authenticity.  That said, methinks Mr. Salley doth protest too much!  Even if that invitation is authentic, it of course, does not prove the reality of Emily's Ride.  Some background reading on oral history would be appropriate.  Note that given the temper of the times, it was decidedly unladylike to have done what Emily is reputed to have done.  That alone is a pretty strong argument that beneath the surface of this tradition, Emily Geiger did perform an intelligence function something like that described.  Mr. Salley's almost bizarre protests lend credence to the family tradition of him having been a suitor spurned.

I have run these copies through my OCR software, and all digitization errors are my errors alone, and are not to be attributed to the original authors.  Please tell me where you find errors, apparent errors, and probable errors.  Please send full original references for these articles if you have them or can locate them.  Thanks in advance, Dr. Frank O. Clark, webmaster.

I have also added to this site, text from "South Carolina, A History," by Walter Edgar, University of South Carolina Press (kindly supplied by, once again, Helen Skinner!).

It would be greatly appreciated if someone would track down precisely where and when each of these made its way into print. Would some of you teachers assign this as a project, and forward copies of the originals to me, with full complete references?  It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, Dr. Frank O. Clark, webmaster.