General Joseph Martin Chapter
Cumberland Gap, TN
Cumberland Gap Patriot
Francis Salvador, nicknamed the Paul Revere of the
Southern colonies, was the first Jewish American Patriot killed during
the Revolutionary War. Salvador was born into the aristocracy in London
England in 1747. His grandfather was on the board of the East India
company, most noted for shipping Tea to America. In 1773, Salvador moved
to South Carolina, and bought him a 7000 acre plantation, with his
In 1774 Salvador entered Sc politics, and became a member of the SC Provincial Congress. In 1775, Salvador helped draft South Carolina's Bill of Rights, developed a method of paying Sc militia soldiers for their duty,and in November 1775, instructed the Sc delegation at Philadelphia,PA to vote for Independence when the vote came up.
In 1776, Salvador joined the Sc Militia.On July 1, 1776, Salvador became the Paul Revere of The Southern Colonies when he rode over 30 miles warning settlers of an imminent attack by the Cherokee at the start of the Cherokee wars.. On July 15,1776, Salvador participated in the battle of lindley Fort, while under the command of Major Jonathan Downs where the Patriots defeated a large band of Cherokee.
On August 1, 1776, Salavador and his militia under his command was ambushed by the cherokee at Keowee Sc, where Salvador was shot 3 times by the Cherokee,and died later that day at 2:00 pm in the afternoon. On August 4, a letter was read before the Sc Provincial Congress detailing the ambush and the death of Francis Salvador. SAlvador was buried at his Plantation home near Charleston Sc.
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