Sevier’s Parson Weems

Check out the latest post in Gordon Belt’s series on the memory of John Sevier, in which he examines the work of James R. Gilmore, the nineteenth-century writer who did for Sevier what Parson Weems did for George Washington.

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2 responses to “Sevier’s Parson Weems

  1. Thanks for sharing that link with your readers, Michael. I like your analogy. Gilmore and Weems are very similar in their mutual admiration for their subjects.

    • Michael Lynch

      I read Gilmore’s stuff on Sevier when I was working on my master’s thesis. He’s a great example of the hagiographic tendencies of nineteenth-century historical writers. You get the impression from his books that he believed Sevier’s riflemen could have won the entire Revolution by themselves if everybody else had gotten out of their way.

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