Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription CHAPTER XII.
On the part of the Carolinians, every effort was made
to meet the emergency and to open the campaign with
vigor. A provincial regiment was raised, the command
of which was given to colonel Middleton. Among the
other field officers were Henry Laurens, William Moul-
trie, Francis Marion, Isaac Huger, and Andrew Pickens ;
gentlemen, all of whom subsequently became burning and
shining lights in the history of Carolina achievement. In
the expedition thus resolved upon, they commenced that
admirable course of training, which prepared them for the
arduous trials and severe conflicts of the revolution,
which shortly after followed. An additional force of
British regulars, under colonel James Grant, landed at
Charlestown early in the year 1761 ; and the combined
troops, together with a number of friendly Indians, in all
twenty-six hundred men, were placed under the com-
mand of this gentleman.
The Cherokees encountered Grant, with all their
strength, near the town of Etchoe, on the spot where they
had fought with Montgomery in the previous campaign.
They were posted upon a hill on the right flank of the
army, from whence they rushed down upon the advanced
guard, pouring in a destructive fire as they came. The
guard repulsed them, and continued to advance. The
Cherokees recovered the heights, and the endeavor to
dislodge them brought on a general engagement, which