The American Revolution in South Carolina

Colonel Edward Lacey

The following account is from Nothing but Blood and Slaughter - the Revolutionary War in the Carolinas, Volume Four, 1782 by Patrick O'Kelley, 2005, with minor edits.

When a young man, Edward Lacey went to Charlestown to sell bees wax and hides. He visited a gypsy woman to get his fortune told. She told him that he would become a great warrior and never shed any blood in battle, but he would die by drowning. She also told him that he would marry a red-headed woman and have ten children, five with red hair and five who would be dark.

Lacey went on to fight in sixteen engagements and he was never wounded. The closest he came to being harmed was at Kings Mountain when a ball passed through his hat and cut the hair at the top of his head. It burned but not a drop of blood was shed. He did marry a red-headed woman and he did have ten children. Lacey used his own money in the war and he was never paid for his services.

After the war, Edward Lacey was promoted to brigadier general of the militia and became a judge of the county court. He served for many years in the Legislature and then moved to Tennessee in 1797. Two years later he moved to Livingston County, Kentucky, where he was made the county judge.

On March 30, 1813, while crossing Deer Creek, he was thrown from his horse while having an epileptic seizure, and drowned. The gypsy woman had been right about his life. His widow died two months later.

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