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McGIRTH, Daniel, scout, born in Kershaw district, South Carolina; died in Sumter district, South Carolina, about 1789. He was a hunter and trapper, whose familiarity with the woods of South Carolina and Georgia made him a useful scout for the Americans, with whom he sided in the early part of the Revolution. While at St. Illa Georgia, an American officer, who coveted the valuable mare that he rode, provoked McGirth to an angry act, for which he was sentenced to be flogged. Making his escape, he joined the Tories, and, to satisfy his vindictive feelings, committed many barbarities. When the patriots regained possession of South Carolina he retreated into Georgia, and thence into Florida, where he was arrested by the Spaniards after the war, and confined in the castle of St. Augustine. He was not liberated until the expiration of five years. The hardships of prison-life so undermined his health that he soon died.
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