Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 98THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA..
themselves for awhile, but listening imprudently to over-
tures of peace, they admitted the savages within their
defences, and were all butchered. In this manner, in a
desultory march, they traversed the country around the
capital, until the approach of governor Craven compelled
their scattered bands to fall back upon their great camp
upon the Salke-hatchie. Craven advanced with cautious
but undeviating footsteps. The fate of the whole prov-
ince depended on the success of his arms, and conquest
or death were the only alternatives before him. Fortu-
nately for the Carolinians, they had long been accustomed
to the Indian modes of warfare. Its strange cries, and
sudden terrors, did not appall them, The war-whoop
had become a familiar sound, which they had learned to
echo back with defiance; and when the battle joined,
adopting the partizan warfare, which the deep thickets
and interminable swamps of the country seem to suggest
as the most likely to prove successful, they encountered
their more numerous foes with confidence and success,
The Indians fought with desperation and fury, but were
defeated. Driven from their camp, they maintained a fly-
ing warfare, but found the Carolinians as inveterate in the
pursuit as they had been valiant in the conflict. Craven
kept his men close at the heels of the enemy, until, step
by step, they were expelled from the country, and
escaped only by throwing the Savannah between them-
selves and their foes. They found shelter in the walls of
St. Augustine, and for a time, until they grew troublesome,
were treated there with sympathy and indulgence. Ex-
pelled from the allies whom they could no longer serve,
their future abodes were found in the everglades of the