Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
a carousal over some liquors which they had found by the
way. They had halted in an open field, singing and
dancing in all the barbarous exultation of success. In
this condition, to overcome them was an easy task. Di-
viding his force into two squads, Bee attacked with
one, while the other closed the avenues of escape. Sev-
eral were killed ; the rest, dispersed in the woods, en-
deavored to steal back to the plantations which they had
deserted. The leaders suffered death, while the greater
number was received to mercy.
A war which followed between Spain and England,
afforded the Carolinians an opportunity for commencing
a series of reprisals upon the Spaniards, for the long
train of evils which they had suffered at their hands.
The great foreign military reputation of general Ogle-
thorpe, of the Georgia colony, indicated that gentleman
as the proper person to lead the joint forces of the two
provinces of Carolina and Georgia against their common
enemy. A small European force was sent from Great
Britain; companies were furnished by Virginia and
North Carolina ; the rest of the army was composed
of the Georgia militia, and a strong regiment from
South Carolina, under the command of colonel Vander-
After various delays, which have been charged against
general Oglethorpe as the true causes of the failure of
the expedition, and which certainly enabled the Spaniards
to provide against the invaders, he reached St. Augustine ;
having, on his way, captured two small forts called Moosa
and Diego. His force amounted to two thousand men.
But, during his stay at Fort Diego, the garrison at St.