Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
was fought on both sides with great bravery. The Caro-
linians contended against several disadvantages, which
made the issue for some time doubtful. They had come
suddenly within sight of the foe, and had advanced to im-
mediate conflict, after a fatiguing march in rainy weather.
They were surrounded with woods of which they had no
knowledge, and which completely sheltered the enemy
from their aim; galled by the scattering fire of the sava-
ges, who fell back whenever they advanced, only to rally
and begin the fight in another quarter. For three hours
did this sort of warfare continue, until the persevering
valor of the whites succeeded in completely expelling the
Indians from the field. They fled, fighting while they ran,
in different directions. They were pursued with energy,
and found no opportunity to unite or rally. Their loss
in the action is unknown a that of the Carolinians was fif-
ty or sixty, killed and wounded. The slain were not bu-
ried, but sunk in the river, that their bodies might not be
exposed to the indignities of the savage.
After this victory, Grant advanced upon Etchoe, a
large Cherokee town, which was reduced to ashes.
Every other town in the middle settlements shared the
same fate. Their granaries and corn fields were like-
wise destroyed, and their miserable families were driven
to the barren mountains which, in yielding them a shel-
ter, could yield them nothing more. The name of Grant
became, in consequence of this chastisement, a word sig-
nifying devastation. The savages, who had fought with
great vigor and spirit for a time, and who, it is conjec-
tured, had been posted and counselled by some experien-
ced French officers, were completely overcome. The na-