Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription CHAPTER XV.
This invasion of general Prevost was creditable .nei-
ther to the valor nor the honor of British soldiers. His
troops distinguished themselves by predatory depreda-
tions only. Private houses were robbed of their plate,
persons of their jewels ; the very vaults of the dead were
broken into for concealed treasures, and three thousand
slaves were carried off and sold to the planters of the
West Indies. Numbers of these unfortunate people, fol-
lowing the camp of the British, fell victims to disease,
being left to perish without medicine or attendance,
wherever they sank down. Hundreds of them expired
of camp fever on Otter island, their unburied carcasses
being surrendered to the beasts of the forest. For years
after, the island was strewed with bleaching bones, ´┐Ża
miserable memorial of their own folly, and of the inhu-
manity of those who first seduced them from their homes,
and then left them to perish.
A brief calm succeeded the action of Stono, in the
affairs of Carolina. The Americans and British retired
to their respective encampments, until the arrival of a
French fleet on the coast aroused them to immediate
activity. This fleet, commanded by count D'Estaing,
consisted of twenty sail of the line. Its arrival at once
led to the adoption of a joint resolution of the allied
troops, to attack Savannah ; and orders were issued to
the militia of Carolina and Georgia, to rendezvous in the