Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
an independent government for two years before ; and
the solemn declaration of her own and the liberty of
her sister states, while it gave a more imposing aspect to
the revolution, could not well add any thing to the firmness
of her resolution, or the determined character of her op-
position to the royal authority. It was received with
welcome by the greater number of her people, amidst
the ringing of bells, the beating of drums, and the
discharge of cannon.
For nearly three years after the battle of Fort Moultrie,
the arms of the British were employed at the northward.
South Carolina, during this period, felt few of the suffer-
ings of war, other than those which we have just narrated.
She was in possession of a lucrative commerce, and her
people were fortunate and prosperous. In 1777 and '78
Charlestown was the mart which supplied with goods
most of the states south of New Jersey. An extensive
inland traffic sprung up, in consequence of the presence
of the British fleets upon the northern coasts, in which
a thousand wagons were constantly employed. The pros-
perity which followed this trade was an additional argument
in favor of the revolution. The American alliance with
France, by giving them a new importance in the eyes
of so great a foreign power, was another ; and three cam-
paigns which the united forces of America had sustained,
if not with brilliant success, at least with a degree of man-
hood which utterly falsified those prophets who had
predicted their annihilation under the crushing power of
the British lion, contributed to confirm the people of
South Carolina in a resolution to be their own masters,
from which they never afterwards departed ; though, in