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CARRUTHERS, William A., novelist, born in Virginia about 1800; died in Savannah, Georgia, about 1850. He was a student at Washington College, Virginia, in 1818, and was educated as a physician. He wrote spirited romances, founded on American history, and, removing to Savannah, practiced medicine there, and contributed to the "Magnolia" and other southern magazines. In 1838 he gave an account, in the "Knickerbocker Magazine," of a hazardous ascent of the natural bridge in Virginia. His published works are "The Cavaliers of Virginia, or the Recluse of Jamestown, an Historical Romance of the Old Dominion," depicting the scenes of Bacon's rebellion and the conflict between royalists and Cromwellians in Virginia (New York, 1832); "The Kentuckian in New York, or the Adventures of Three Southerners," a volume of descriptive sketches with romantic incidents; "The Knights of the Horse-Shoe, a Traditionary Tale of the Cocked Hat Gentry in the Old Dominion," the scene of which is laid in Virginia in the time of Governor Spotswood (Wetumpka, Alabama, 1845); and a "Life of Dr. Caldwell."
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