Robert Ray Black


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Robert Ray Black

For nearly forty years, Robert Ray Black lived in Charleston, South Carolina, where he taught English, practiced law and taught at the Charleston School of Law. He now lives in Bozeman, Montana, where he writes, skis, hikes, and camps with Cooper his Labrador retriever in the Rocky Mountains. He is the author of a law book, the coeditor of a medieval text, and a contributor to a book of poetry and several scholarly journals. He holds a B.A. degree from Sewanee: The University of the South, M.A. degrees from Vanderbilt and Oxford Universities, a Ph.D. from Princeton, and a J.D. from The University of South Carolina. He taught at several universities. With a direct commission in military intelligence and the infantry, he served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in Korea and Germany during the Vietnam era. He is a former Inspector General of the Society for the Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge. He is a past member of the General William Moultrie chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and has participated in many local historical association meetings throughout the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Robert Black has two sons. Web site:


Tony Small and Lord Edward Fitzgerald


Creative nonfiction of black and white brotherhood in struggles for freedom during the American Revolutionary War and Irish Uprising of 1796-98. All characters and major events are historical.

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Tony heals Lord Edward with cymbee water

The Cymbee [Simbi] water spirits of St. John's Berkeley were thought by some, as they are today, to provide special healing powers. The author uses this legend to create the process used by Tony Small to heal Lord Edward after he was left for dead on the battlefield of Eutaw Springs, September 8, 1781.

Tony Small has a mind of his own.

From Chapter 1, "Tony's World." All characters are real based on historical research. Circumstances are creative nonfiction to time and place. Narratives are fictional.

A bunch of British landed in Charleston

From pages 7-10, Chapter I, "Tony's World." Tony Small at the McKelvey Plantation at Eutaw Springs, months before the battle in September 1781 but shortly after Lord Edward Fitzgerald's regiment landed in Charleston in June 1781.

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