Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription SWAMP STRATEGICS. 355
BLONAY, as we have seen, had proceeded, after leaving the
tory captain, upon his old mission as the avenger of blood.
Night after night, day after day, he had gone upon the track
of his enemy, and, as yet, without success. But this did not
lessen his activity and hope ; and we find him again, with un
diminished industry, treading the old thicket which led to the
camp of Marion. Let us also proceed in the same direction,
and penetrate the gloomy swamp and dense woodland recess
which sheltered the little army of the lurking partisan. The
pomp and circumstance of war�the martial music the gor-
geous uniform the bright armor of a systematic array of
military power, were there almost entirely wanting. The
movements of the partisan were conducted without beat of
drum or bray of trumpet. In the silent goings oil of the night
his movements were effected. Mysterious shadows paced the
woods amid kindred shadows ; and, like so many ghosts troop-
ing forth from unhallowed graves, the men of Marion sallied
out in the hour of intensest gloom, for the terror of that many-
armed tyrant who was overshadowing the land with his legions.
Never was a warfare so completely one of art and stratagem
as that which Marion carried on. Quick in the perception of
all natural advantages which his native country presented for
such a warfare, he was not less prompt in availing. himself of
their use and application. Hardy and able to endure every
privation and all fatigue, he taught his men to dwell in regions
where the citizen must have perished, and to move with an
alacrity which the slower tactics of European warfare could
never have conceived of. In his camp the men soon learned