Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
chastised the Cherokees in several severe engagements,
in which they lost large numbers of their warriors ; but
without humbling them to submission. He was compel-
led to return to New York, leaving his work unfinished.
In the meantime, the distant garrison of Fort Loudon,
on the Tennessee river, consisting of two hundred men,
was reduced by famine. The Virginians had undertaken
to relieve it, but failed to do so ; and the miserable occu-
pants were reduced to the necessity of submitting to the
mercy of the Cherokees. Captain Stuart, an officer of
great sagacity and address, to whom the post had been
entrusted, succeeded in obtaining good terms of safety;
upon which he capitulated. By these terms the garrison
were permitted to march out with their arms and drums,
as much ammunition as was necessary on their march,
and such baggage as they might choose to carry. The
Indians were to take the lame and wounded soldiers into
their towns, provide as many horses as they could for the
garrison, furnish guides, and an escort which was to pro-
tect them ;-for all of which they were to be paid accord-
ing to certain estimates which were understood among
them. The fort, cannon, powder and ball, were deliv-
ered up to the Indians.
The capitulation took effect, and the garrison had pro-
ceeded fifteen miles upon their march, when they were
deserted by their guides and escort, beset by a large
body of savages, and, though fighting gallantly, were
overcome. Twenty-six men fell at the first fire, a few
escaped by flight, while Stuart, the commander, with
many others, was carried into captivity. Stuart, through
the friendship of one of their chiefs, finally escaped, after