Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.169
who had already distinguished himself by his fearless
valor, great military talents, and unbending patriotism.
Known to the British by these qualities, they had wreaked
their fury upon his dwelling, which they had burned to
the ground with all its contents, after expelling his
wife and family from it. A sense of personal injury
was superadded to that which roused his hostility in be-
half of his country ; and, rallying his little force, which he
strengthened by volunteers from North Carolina, he
returned to his own state at the very moment when the
cause of its liberty seemed most hopeless to the inhabit-
ants. The attitude of this forlorn few, was no less melan-
choly than gallant. The British were every where tri-
umphant,�the Americans desponding,�the state without
any domestic government, and utterly unable to furnish
supplies to this little band, whether of arms, clothing, or
provisions. Never did patriotism take the field with so
few encouragements or so many difficulties. The iron
tools of the neighboring farms the ploughshare and the
saw�were worked up into rude weapons of war by ordi-
nary blacksmiths. They supplied themselves, in part,
with bullets, by melting the pewter which was given them
by private housekeepers. Sometimes they came into
battle with less than three rounds to a man ; and one half
were obliged to keep at a distance, until supplied, by the
fall of comrades or enemies, with the arms which might
enable them to engage in the conflict. When victorious,
they relied upon the dead for the ammunition for their next
campaign. The readiness with which these brave men
resorted to the field under such circumstances, was the
sufficient guaranty for their ultimate success.
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