Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
The British commander was suddenly aroused to fury
by the tidings of this new champion in the field which he
had so lately overrun. At a moment when Carolina lay,
as he thought, lifeless and nerveless beneath his feet, her
sword was waving in triumph above the heads of his war-
riors. The little force led by Sumter, consisting of less
than one hundred and fifty men, soon distinguished them-
selves by the defeat of a large detachment of British and
tories, under the command of colonel Ferguson of the for-
mer, and captain Huck of the latter. The affair took
place on the 12th of July, 1780, at Williams' plantation,
in the upper part of the state. The British were posted
at disadvantage in a lane, both ends of which were entered
at the same time by the Carolinians, Ferguson and
Huck were both killed, and their men completely routed
and dispersed. At the fortunate moment in which the at-
tack was made, a number of prisoners were on their knees,
vainly soliciting mercy for themselves and families, at the
hands of the British officers, Huck had become notori-
ous for his cruel atrocities, in the very performance of
which, the retributive providence decreed that he should
be slain. The success of Sumter rallied around him the
people of the neighborhood, and his little force soon
amounted to six hundred men. At the head of this force,
on the 30th of the same month, he made a spirited but
unsuccessful attack on the British post at Rocky Mount.
Baffled in this attempt, he passed without delay to the at-
tack of another post at the Hanging Rock, in which a
large force of regulars and tories were stationed. His
assault was equally daring and successful. The Prince
of Wales' regiment was annihilated at a blow ; and the