At the commencement of the Revolution, Colonel Thomson was an indigo planter, living in the enjoyment of affluence and domestic happiness. The plantation was in South Carolina, on the west side of the Congaree River in what was then called Amelia Township, now known as St. Mathews Parish, in what became the Orangeburg District. His only motive for resistance was a sense of duty to protect the chartered rights of his country and the rights of British subjects in America. In the course of the Revolution, he lost almost everything that was movable from his plantation. His valuable stock of horses and cattle together with his slaves were dispersed and most of them lost. One slave named Abram had been intrusted by his master with the care of a favorite blooded horse. The enemy heard of this, yet all their endeavors to obtain the horse were of no avail with Abram; and at last from threats they proceeded to execution. He was hung up by the neck three times until senseless, but he still refused to reveal the place in which he had concealed the horse. The name of Abram is gratefully spoken of by Col. Thomson's family to this day and his other faithful services are recounted.
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