Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Ponpon. On the 27th, he encountered lieutenant-colonel
Washington, at the head of a regular corps of horse, be-
tween the Ashley river ferry, and Rantowle's bridge on
the Stono. The advantage lay with the Americans. The
cavalry of the British legion was driven back, and lost
seven persons ; but, wanting infantry, Washington did not
venture to pursue. At the beginning of the siege, gene-
ral Lincoln ordered the regular cavalry, three hundred in
number, to keep the field, and the country militia were
required to support them as infantry. The militia, on vari-
ous pretences, refused to attach themselves to the caval-
ry ; and this important body of horse was surprised at
Monk's Corner, by a superior force under lieutenant-col-
onels Tarleton and Webster. About twenty-five of the
Americans were killed and taken. The fugitives found
shelter in the neighboring swamps, from whence they
made their way across the Santee. Under the conduct
of captain White, they recrossed the Santee a few weeks
after this event, captured a small British party, and car-
ried them to Lenud's ferry. They were followed closely
by Tarleton, with a superior force, and charged before they
could get over the ferry. Retreat was impracticable, and
resistance proved unavailing. A total rout ensued. A
party of the American force, under major Call, cut their
way through the British, and escaped. Lieutenant-colo-
nel Washington, with another party, saved themselves by
swimming the Santee. Thirty were killed, wounded, or
taken ; the remainder found refuge in the swamps.
These repeated disasters were not the only consequen-
ces arising from the fall of Charlestown. That event was
followed by a train of circumstances, which, while they