Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
found the siege raised, and narrowly escaped being made
captive by the enemy. This fruitless expedition entailed
a debt of six thousand pounds upon the colony.
Notwithstanding the unhappy result of his first milita-
ry enterprise, Moore, fond of warlike exploits, soon re-
solved upon another. The Apalachian Indians, who had
been stimulated by the Spaniards to hostilities against
the colony, now commanded his attention. Determined
to chastise them, he raised a force of Carolinians and
Indians, and penetrated into the very heart of their set-
tlements. Wherever he went he carried fire and sword,
and struck a salutary terror into the hearts of the sava-
ges. The Apalachian towns between the Savannah and
Altamaha, were laid in ashes, the country ravaged, the
people made captives, eight hundred of them slain, and
the most hidden settlements of the enemy laid open to
the devastation which followed at his heels. This exhi-
bition of power was productive of immense moral good
to the Carolinians in that quarter. It taught the sava-
ges a new lesson of respect for their arms, and prepared
the way for the English settlements that were afterwards
planted along those rivers. The benefit was almost
equally great to the commander of the expedition. His
courage and conduct removed the discredit which his pre-
vious rashness had incurred, and he received the thanks
of the proprietors and the people, for the important con-
quests which he had made, Apalachia, the country thus
won by the arms of Carolina, became afterwards, succes-
sively, the colony and state of Georgia.
Moore was succeeded in the government by Sir Na-
thaniel Johnson. This gentleman had been a soldier from