Source:A book titled The History of Georgia by Capt. Hugh McCall, pages 526 and 527. This chapter is titled History of Georgia, 1781.The John Goodgame spoken of on these pages is strongly believed to be the father of the John Goodgame, Jr. that married Sarah E. Crockett.I located this book during the late 1980s in either the Georgia State Archives or the genealogy room of the Anniston Public Library in Anniston, AL.As you read this, please remember that most Georgians were loyalists during the war.
"A short time before Jackson (James Jackson) marched from Augusta, a plot was discovered to have been formed by a part of his legion, to assassinate their commanding-officer, and carry off the governor and members of the executive council to the British in Savannah. The greater part of Jackson's legion was composed of British deserters and loyalists, who had changed their political opinions and quited the British service.After the plan had been digested by some of the non-commissioned officers and privates of the infantry, it was communicated to the British general Clarke in Savannah, who ordered a detachment to meet hte revolters, and to aid them in the execution of their purposes and escape.A faithful soldier named David Davis, who was the colonel's waiter, discovered that there was something in agitation of an extraordinary nature in the camp; and in order to obtain a knowledge of the secret, affected an extreme dislike to the colonel, and united with the conspirators in the use of the most unqualified language of abuse and disrespect for him.Supposing that Davis' situation would enable him to be of great service to the party, they lent a favourable ear to his observations.This stratagem had the desired effect, and drew from the traitors a disclosure of the diabolical purposes in contemplation, which he immediately communicated to his colonel, and informed him that no time was to be lost in checking its progress, as it was ripe for execution.The dragoons, who did not appear to have been engaged in the conspiracy, were ordered to mount their horses and repair to colonel Jackson's quarters, prepared for action.The infantry were ordered to parade without arms, under the pretence of searching for some clothing which had been stolen the preceeding night. The dragoons were ordered in front, with drawn swords, and the ring-leaders seized and confined.A general court-martial was ordered to convene, and the culprits brought up for trial:JOHN GOODGAME, William Simmons, and one Honeycut, were ascertained to be the projectors and leaders in the conspiracy.The court found them guilty of treason ,and sentenced them to suffer death, by being hanged, and they were executed accordingly.The remaining seventeen, turned states evidence, confessed their guilt, and were pardoned in consequence of their apparent penitence."