long months, hoping for some news of you and to keep me company in our mutual anxiety."
Finally, with Elizabeth close at his side, their faces alight with the joy of their reunion, William came back to earth.
"I've a long tale to tell you two. Let us make ourselves comfortable. Cudjo, you've earned a share in this story-telling. Bring that hassock a bit closer, you are a tired man and Miss Rebecca will not mind you resting on it."
Faithful Cudjo took his seat, at some distance from his "white folks", with a smile in his eyes and a sigh of contentment. He had brought his loved Marse William safely home, and they were still together, to share whatever lay ahead for them, beginning with the happiness of his master's marriage to Miss Elizabeth.
Upon his return home to Newberry District, South Carolina, instead of rejoining his company, Lt. Caldwell was made a scout and ranger, being particularly well-fitted for this duty by his accurate knowledge of the country, gained before the war in his profession as a surveyor. His sister, Martha, had married Patrick Calhoun, whose father, Colonel Calhoun, had been sent by George Washington before the war to survey South Carolina and lay it off in districts, and William and his brother, John, had assisted him.
Following service as a scout he joined the company of a younger brother, James Caldwell, and took part in the campaign ending in the Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina. Soon after this battle he was again detailed as a scout and continued this dangerous service until the close of the war, having many escapes from capture and death. In 1789 he was elected County Court Judge, and in 1804 senator for Newberry District. He died in 1814.
This information Is likewise taken from letters of Elizabeth Ann Caldwell Higgins in Caroliniana Library, Columbia, South Carolina.
The foregoing is taken from letters written by my great-grandmother, Elizabeth Ann Caldwell Higgins, daughter of William Caldwell and Elizabeth Ann Williams Caldwell of the story. The original letters are in the Caroliniana Library,