Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
with his force�the chiefs being under guard�to his ren-
dezvous on Congaree river, where he mustered fourteen
hundred men.
The Cherokees, burning with indignation at this treat-
ment, were yet subtle enough to suppress the show of it.
They agreed to such terms as Lyttleton proposed, gave
up twenty-two out of twenty-four hostages which he de-
manded, to be kept till the young warriors who had
committed the murders upon the Carolinians, could be
secured and delivered,�and renewed their pledges of
peace and alliance. But he had scarcely returned to the
capital when he received the news of the murder of
fourteen whites within a mile of Fort George. A colonel
Cotymore had been left in charge of that fortress. To
this officer the Indians had taken an unconquerable
aversion. Occonostota, a chief of great influence, had
become a most implacable enemy of the Carolinians, and
proposed to himself the task of taking. Prince George.
Having gathered a strong force of Cherokees, he sur-
rounded it ; but finding that he could make no impression
on the works, nor alarm the commander, he had recourse
to stratagem to effect his object. He placed a select
body of savages in a dark thicket by the river side, and
sent an Indian woman to tell Cotymore that he wished to
see him at the river, where he had some thing of conse-
quence to communicate. Cotymore, accompanied by his
two lieutenants, Bell and Foster, imprudently consented.
When he reached the river, Occonostota appeared on the
opposite side, having in his hand a bridle. He told Coty-
more that he was on his way to Charlestown, to procure
a release of the prisoners, and would be glad of a white