Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.97
of the Carolinians who had united the Cherokees, the
Muscoghees, and other Indian nations in a league for the
destruction of the colony the Yamasees suddenly ap-
peared in arms. With so much secrecy had their pro-
ceedings been conducted, that, at their onslaught, above
ninety persons fell under their hatchets on the planta-
tions near Pocotaligo. Joined with the Muscoghees and
Apalachians, they advanced along the southern frontier,
spreading desolation and slaughter where they came.
Their numbers were increased by the Congarees, the
Catawbas, and the Cherokees ; and the Carolinians were
soon taught to apprehend the very worst consequences
from the presence of a foe no less numerous than savage.
The Indians of the southern division mustered more than
six thousand warriors ; those of the northern were near a
thousand more. From Florida to Cape Fear they were
banded together, and marching forward to the destruction
of the colony at Ashley river.
But Craven proved himself equal to the emergency.
He proclaimed martial law, laid an embargo on all ships
to prevent either men or provisions from leaving the col-
ony, seized upon arms and ammunition wherever they
were to be found, and armed a force of trusty negroes to
co-operate with the white militia. With twelve hundred
men, he marched to meet the enemy. The Indians, mean-
while, continued to advance, plundering and murdering
without mercy as they came. Thomas Barker, a captain
of militia, with a small force, encountered them, and was
slain with many of his men. At Goose Creek, a troop of
four hundred surrounded a little stockade which contained
seventy white men and forty negroes. These maintained
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