Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
doing so, and died in a little time after. Dearly did the
little regiment pay for the preservation of this object of
military pride.
In this unfortunate attempt upon Savannah, the combi-
ned armies sustained a heavy loss. D'Estaing himself
received two wounds, and nearly a thousand men were
slain or wounded in the brief but sanguinary conflict
which ensued.
After this repulse, the idea of taking the place by
regular approaches was resumed, but soon discarded.
D'Estaing was uneasy at the exposed situation of his
fleet ; and the militia were no less anxious to return to
their homes. The leaguer was conducted without spirit
and was soon discontinued. D'Estaing soon after re-em-
barked and left the continent, while Lincoln returned to
Charlestown. With this affair, the campaign of 1779
ended in the south. The arrival of the French, if pro-
ductive of no other good, served for awhile to confine
the British to the ramparts of Savannah, prevent them
from overrunning the back settlements of Georgia and
Carolina, and bringing into activity the malignant and
discontented partizans of royalty, who were scattered in
great numbers throughout the country.
But this respite was of brief duration. The failure of
the attack upon Savannah, prepared the way for the fall
of Charlestown. The departure of the French fleet re-
moved the chief obstacles to this enterprise. There
were several other concurring causes that invited the
invasion of Charlestown. An unfortunate expedition
against Florida had totally broken up the Southern army.
The Carolina regiments were thinned, by sickness, to