Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
was necessary in order to save the North Carolinians from
their bloody enemies. In spite of every difficulty, Barn-
well rapidly made his way until he came up with the sav-
ages. He attacked them with boldness and success, slew
three and made captives of one hundred men. The Tus-
caroras he found, to the number of six hundred more, in
one of their towns on the Neuse river. They were shel-
tered by a wooden breastwork. Having surrounded them,
and slain a considerable number, he compelled the rest
to sue for peace. This was granted ; but the faithless
savages, as soon as he had returned to South Carolina,
renewed their massacres. A second demand was made
upon governor Craven, and a second force, under the
command of colonel Moore, the son of the former governor,
was despatched to meet the enemy. Moore found the
Indians on the Tau river, about fifty miles from its mouth,
where they had thrown up entrenchments. They were
well provided with small arms, but were soon taught
the folly of standing a siege. Moore defeated them,
entered their works, and made eight hundred prisoners.
The military strength of the Tuscaroras was annihilated
in these conflicts.
This Indian war was succeeded by another, which for
a time threatened the very existence of the colony. The
numerous and powerful tribe or nation of the Yamassees,
possessing a large territory in the neighborhood of Port
Royal, had long been friendly to the Carolinians. They
had engaged as allies in most of the wars against the
Spaniards, the French, and Indian tribes ; had done
good service, and always proved faithful. Instigated by
the Spaniards at St. Augustine the hereditary enemies