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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription DEFEAT OF THE REDMEN. 387
throughout the province. More than one hundred and sixty
persons were butchered in a night."
Certainly, the romancer could work up such a, history with
good effect. What a terrible scene, in these awful forests, with
thousands of the begrimed and painted savages, howling terribly,
and dancing fiercely about them. Did the affair end here ?"
How could it ? It is the necessity of civilization that it must
conquer. At the first tidings of the affair, the assembly of South
Carolina, then in session at Charleston, called out her militia,
and appropriated eighty thousand-dollars to the relief of the sis-
ter province. Six hundred militiamen, under Col. Barnwell, im-
mediately took the field. An auxiliary force of friendly Indians,
consisting of two hundred and eighteen Cherokees, seventy-nine
Creeks, forty-one Catawbas, twenty-eight Yemassees�all com-
manded by white officers�were joined to the force under Barn-
well�the Indians being chiefly used as scouts and hunters.
Wild, tangled, gloomy, was the wilderness which they had to
traverse �a region utterly savage, inhabited by bear and pan-
ther, or by tribes of men quite as ferocious and untameable.
The governor of North Carolina called out the militia of North
Carolina, but seemingly in vain. His proclamation was little
heeded.
Barnwell crossed the country, in spite of all impediments, and
came up with the Indians, who were in great strength upon the
Neuse, where they had erected a strong fort of logs, at a point
some thirty miles below the spot where the railroad crosses the
river. The battle that followed resulted in the utter defeat of the
Indians, and the annihilation of some of their tribes. More than
three hundred of the redmen were slain we have no report of
the wounded and one hundred were made prisoners. The
battle had taken place without their fortress, the Indians having
boldly become the assailants. The fugitives found shelter in
the fort, which, after much loss and great suffering, they surren-
dered, and sued for peace ; which was granted them by their
conqueror. Barnwell was censured for being too indulgent to
the vanquished ; but what could he exact from the savages ?
They had nothing farther to concede than submission�could
make no farther sacrifice but in their lives. The fortress thus
captured was called after the conqueror, and you may still trace