Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.135
these events, which led them to apprehend domestic and
foreign warfare at the same moment, ´┐Ża British fleet and
army in front, and a disaffected people in the rear.
They resolved to enforce obedience, while yet the time
was allowed them, and sent a force of two thousand
men, under colonel Richardson, into the refractory settle-
ment, with instructions to apprehend the leaders of the
party which had seized the powder, and to do all other
things necessary to suppress the present, and prevent
future insurrections. This decisive measure had the de-
sired effect. Opposition was overcome ; many of the
loyalists subscribed the terms proposed by the congress ;
some of the leaders were made captives, while several
of them voluntarily abandoned the colony, and fled to
Florida. It was not until a strong British army appeared
in the country, that they were emboldened to throw off
the mask, and emerge from their hiding places.
Having quieted their domestic difficulties, the popular
leaders resumed their preparations against the approach
of the enemy. Batteries were raised at Georgetown and
other places ; a fort and magazine were established at
Dorchester; Charlestown became a garrison ; the advan-
ced posts were all filled with troops ; and the fort was
begun on Sullivan's island, by colonel Moultrie, which
now bears his name, and which, shortly after its erection,
became identified with his military reputation. Powder
and arms were gleaned from various sources ; and in
March, 1776, a congress convened, with the title of a
general assembly, of which John Rutledge was made
president, and a temporary constitution formed for the gov-
ernment of the state. South Carolina was the first of