Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
begone from his sight. They compared this reception
with that to which they had hitherto been accustomed,
and soon after deserted him.
The siege was raised, and its failure was ascribed by
the Carolinians to the deliberate and measured advance
of their commander, and to his subsequent timidity in
making no bold attempt upon the town. He, on the
other hand, declared that he had no confidence in the
firmness of the provincials. The truth is, the place was
so strongly fortified, well provided and numerously man-
ned, that, in all probability, such an attempt must have
failed, though conducted by the ablest officers, and exe-
cuted by the best disciplined troops.
The mutual recrimination between the parties, which
followed this failure, led to many injurious dislikes and
misunderstandings. To so great a degree was this dis-
like carried on the part of the Carolinians, that, in a sub-
sequent period, when Georgia was invaded by a Spanish
force, they at first declined sending help to the sister col-
ony ; alleging that they could not trust their troops to a
commander in whom they had no confidence. At a late
hour, indeed, they resolved differently, and despatched
three ships to the assistance of the Georgians. The ap-
pearance of this tardy force upon the coast, gave a spur
to the flight of the invaders. Oglethorpe had already
beaten them, acquitting himself like a good captain and
brave man, and fully redeeming the errors, if any, which
he had made in the expedition to St. Augustine.
To add to the disasters sustained by Carolina in this un-
successful invasion�her losses of men, money and re-
pute�a desolating fire, in the same year, (1740) broke out