What follows below is an account of what happened to some of the characters in my story after the war. The epilogue left me an opening to possibly write more about the post-war lives of William Tavington, his son, James Bordon, and Anne Bordon, which I may do at a later date. Because of this, I will only fill in the gaps of what happened with them between the time of Bordon's marriage to Anne and when we meet them again in the epilogue.
Shortly after his marriage to Anne Howard Martin, Captain James Bordon asked for a transfer to Banastre Tarleton's Green Horse dragoons, which was eventually granted, though not soon enough, in Bordon's opinion. There had been too much water under the bridge between Bordon and William Tavington and he felt that he could no longer serve objectively as his second in command. Captain Bordon, who was soon promoted to Major, remained with Tarleton's Legion until the end of the war, serving with distinction and honour.
Anne had urged, then begged her new husband to put in for the transfer, as she could no longer bear to have to associate with William on a daily basis. Though Tavington had visited his young son and had given her money for the boy's upkeep, she was still eager to get as far from him as possible in order to both put the traumatic events of the last year behind her and so that the baby would properly bond with his adoptive father.
And she knew if she was to make a successful, loving marriage with James Bordon, she had to put the past behind her and allow the sexual pull she still felt toward Tavington to die a proper death. Her future was with James Bordon and she needed to look forward to ensure that this future would be a happy one.
After first arriving in England after the war, the Bordons moved in with his sister and her family until he decided what he was going to do to support his growing family. Fortunately, the Bordons did not have long to wait, as his uncle's request to help run the inn came within six months of their arrival in England. By the time William Tavington turned up on their doorstep several years later, the Bordons were earning a comfortable income.
Colonel William Tavington served out the rest of the war leading Tavington's Legion, with Captain Wilkins now second in command. Though Benjamin Martin disappeared from the battlefields after Tavington's last raid on Pembroke, a new foe named Francis Marion arose to command the remnants of Martin's militia. Marion turned out to be as formidable of an adversary as Martin had been, with Tavington having his work cut out for him. The arrogant dragoon continued to live up to his feared reputation as "Bloody Tavington" until surrender came in Yorktown, where he was excluded from all the banquets that the conquering Americans held for their vanquished foes.
Following the war, Tavington remained in the Army for a few years, at loose ends about what to do next. After his uncle died in 1785 and left him a sizable fortune, Tavington immediately resigned his commission. Inspired by Ban Tarleton's intention to publish his memoirs, Tavington decided to do the same. The book was a big success, which greatly helped in repairing the tarnished reputation he'd gained during the war. Many years later, Tavington briefly joined the faculty at Sandhurst when it first opened, lecturing on cavalry warfare. He was generally recognized in military circles as the premier authority on cavalry, particularly light cavalry strategy and tactics, with the textbook he'd written being considered the definitive text on the subject..
William Tavington never married, but spent the rest of his long life living with a series of mistresses, living the life of an unrepentant libertine.
Anne Bordon began calling her firstborn son "Billy" soon after arriving in England. Her grandfather had been called Billy, plus this nickname had the added bonus of not immediately reminding her of who her son's father was. As he grew, he was known in the community as Billy Bordon, as neither Anne nor her husband wished to explain the complicated situation surrounding Billy's parentage to strangers, nor did Anne wish to continually be reminded of the tragedy visited upon her family by William Tavington.
Nevertheless, the older the boy became, the more he resembled his natural father, in both appearance and personality. He instinctively sensed that he didn't quite fit into his family, often wondering whether he'd been adopted.
Benjamin Martin kept his vow to never fight again, retreating to the Gullah village to wait out the rest of the war. He married Charlotte Selton shortly after Gabriel's death in a simple ceremony attended only by his remaining children. No children were born of this marriage, as the new Mrs Martin proved to be infertile. The Martin family left South Carolina not long after the war ended, settling in Kentucky. Ben Martin never really recovered from the deaths of his sons and battled alcoholism and what was then known as melancholia for the rest of his life. He died one year before the turn of the century.
Captain James Wilkins resettled in Nova Scotia after the war with many of the American-born dragoons from Tavington's and Tarleton's Legions. Unhappy there, he eventually returned to South Carolina shortly after the turn of the century, after his first wife died in Canada. Not long after he'd moved to Charleston, he ran into Charlotte Selton Martin, who had returned to her home there after Ben's death. After a brief courtship, the two were quietly married, having known one another all their lives. Though neither of them had children of their own, they doted on their step-grandchildren from the Martin family.
As for the real-life characters of Banastre Tarleton, General Cornwallis, and General O'Hara, you can look them up on Google to see how their lives went after the war.
And so, I've brought you up to date on Tavington, Anne, Bordon, and "little Tavy" up to the epilogue. As I said previously, I'll likely do a series of vignettes some time in the future about their lives from that point.
The next Tavington story should be the one I started a long time ago and never finished: "All For Love". This will be a Charlotte/Tavington story and Tavington will be less of a "swine" in this story, which will be a challenge to write for me, as I quite like him as an unrepentant swine. Never fear, though, I won't make him squeaky-clean wholesome, as he'd not be Tavington any longer if I did.
I have another Tavington plot bunny in my head, which I hope I'll also be able to develop into a story.
I've posted a blog entry with a few photos that help illustrate this story. My blog can be accessed through my profile.