Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
man to go with him as a safeguard, adding, that he was
about to hunt for a horse for the journey. Cotymore told
him that he should have a guard ; and while they par-
leyed, Occonostota thrice waved the bridle over his head.
This signal to the savages in ambush, for such it was,
proved fatal to the three officers, who were instantly shot
down. Cotymore was slain on the spot ; the two officers
were wounded. In consequence of this deed, the gar-
rison proceeded to put in irons the twenty hostages that
had been left with them. They resisted the attempt,
and stabbed three of the men who endeavored to put the
manacles on them. The garrison, in the highest degree
exasperated, fell upon them in fury, and butchered them
to a man.
This catastrophe maddened the whole nation. There
were few Cherokee families that did not lose a friend or
relative in this massacre, and with one voice they de-
cared for battle. They seized the hatchet, and singing
their songs of war, and burning with indignation for re-
venge, they rushed down´┐Ża reckless and countless
horde´┐Żupon the frontiers of Carolina. Men, women
and children, without discrimination, fell victims to their
merciless fury ; and, to add to the misfortunes of the bor-
derers, Charlestown, laboring under the presence of that
dreadful scourge, the small-pox, was too feeble to send
them succor. What could be done, however, was done.
Seven troops of rangers were furnished by Virginia and
North Carolina; and a British force, under the command
of colonel Montgomery, afterwards earl of Eglintoun, was
sent by general Amherst, the commander-in-chief in Amer-
ica at that time, to the relief of the province. Montgomery