Subject: Re: Quartering Soldiers, 18 March 1758|
From: William D. King
Date: March 24, 1998
I don't know whether there is any relationship or not, but I understand that
"draggonades" was one of the principal means of terrorizing the Huguenots in
France, in the years before and after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes.
Whole towns or areas converted to Catholicism to avoid the draggonades.
Apparently, this consisted (at least in principal part) of quartering
soldiers in the home, where they were charged with the duty of making life
as difficult as possible for the residents. I imagine that this must have
given Huguenot immigrants to the colonies some very bitter memories.
From: Steve Coker
Cc: Martin Roberts
Date: Monday, March 23, 1998 10:54 PM
Subject: Re: Quartering Soldiers, 18 March 1758
The source of the material I posted is shown in the message. It is the
>of the South Carolina House of Commons. I extracted that small portion
>Journals. The Journal records have been published and the ISBN and Library
>Congress Number were shown in my message.
>The idea against forced quartering of military forces was a serious issue
>the colonists. Page after page of the Commons House Journals deal with
>how to house and support military forces. The issue of housing them in
>properties was so important that they addressed it in the United States
>Constitution. To wit:
>Constitution of the United States of America
>"No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the
>consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed
>Obviously they didn't just think of that while writing the Constitution.
>something they had problems with during Colonial times and thought
>enough to put it in the Constitution for all time.
>As with much of the rest of United States History, the south and especially
>South Carolina gets less credit than is deserved for its role in the
>philosophies and actions which formed the country. I believe this is
>the result of the Civil War. Sherman, and others, burned much of the
>the State. After the war, the devastation in the South, the resulting
>and reduced levels of schooling, and the fact that most publishing was done
>the North, meant that the Northern perspective dominated our history books.
>I've never heard anyone talk about how South Carolinian's resisted
>soldiers in private homes. But, I've certainly heard such statements about
>To learn more examine the Colonial Records of South Carolina.
>Martin Roberts wrote:
Steve, this seems to be a very important documennt from the point of view
of asserting rights. Where did this idea that it was illegal to force
quartering come from?
I missed the start of your postings. Do you have all these documents on a
At 02:36 AM 3/23/98 -0500, you wrote:
>The Colonial Records of South Carolina
>The Journal of the Commons House of Assembly
>Published by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History
>Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 51-62239
>Saturday the 18th of March 1758.
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