Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 144THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
icy in this. The state wished to conciliate their friend-
ship rather than provoke their hostility, and restored them
to the rights and privileges of the citizen. But the venom
was not withdrawn with the weapon. Their minds rank-
led under a sense of injury, which was increased rather
than diminished by the defeat of the British arms ; and
they remembered, in bitterness and blood, in long succeed-
ing years of strife, the mortifications to which they had
been exposed, and the wrongs which they believed them-
selves to have suffered.
The successful defence of Fort Moultrie gave a respite
of three years to South Carolina, from the calamities of
war. In that period, however, the Carolinians were not
suffered to be idle. Two expeditions were projected
against Florida, where large bodies of British and royal-
ists were banded together, but they both proved abortive.
Better success attended the arms of the state in an inva-
sion of the Cherokee country. There, the active machi-
nations of John Stuart, an officer of the crown, had suc-
ceeded in exasperating the Indians against the Americans,
and in rousing them to arms. A plan was arranged by
Stuart, in concert with the royal governors, to land a Brit-
ish army in Florida, which, uniting with the Indians on the
western frontiers of Carolina, and the tories in Florida and
elsewhere, would fall upon the back parts of the state, at
the same time that a fleet and army should invade it on the
sea coast.
The plan was fortunately discovered by the Carolinians,
and timely preparations led to its partial defeat ; but so ac-
tive had been the royal emissaries among the Cherokees,
that, simultaneously with the battle of Fort Moultrie, they