Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
tories, under colonel Brian of North Carolina, after suf-
fering severely, were totally routed and dispersed.
These successes of Sumter, equally spirited and well-
conducted, tended greatly to encourage the Carolinians,
and abate the panic which had been occasioned by the
fall of their chief city. Little partisan squads rose in
arms in various quarters, falling upon the British detach-
ments whenever they exposed themselves ; but much more
frequently addressing themselves to the conflict with those
of their own countrymen who had joined the foe, and
were prosecuting the war with a degree of ferocity that
seemed meant to obscure even the bloody massacres of
Tarleton. These bands chose their own leaders, and
acted from their own impulses. Colonel Williams, of the
district of Ninety Six, at the head of one of these parties,
was particularly active in this guerilla warfare. A month
after the victory of Sumter over Ferguson and. Huck, he
attacked a like body of the enemy, consisting of British
and loyalists, under colonel Innis, at Musgrave's mills, on
the Enoree. These he defeated with loss, after a severe
conflict. Like conflicts, and with the like results, became
frequent throughout the state, and the sudden and almost
simultaneous appearance of Marion and Sumter on the
horizDn of battle, and the advance of a continental army,
with the total overthrow of Burgoyne at Saratoga, dissi-
pated all the fairy visions of British conquest in South
Carolina, re-inspired the desponding citizens, and com-
pelled Cornwallis again to take the field.
The continentals sent from the northward, consisted of
fourteen hundred men, and were marched to the south
under the baron DeKalb, a German officer, whose military