Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 180THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
means employed to draw off or drive away his followers.
The houses on the banks of the Pedee, Lynch's Creek,
and Black river, from whence they were chiefly taken,
were destroyed by fire, the plantations devastated, and
the negroes carried away. But the effect of this
wantonness was far other than had been intended. Re-
venge and despair confirmed the patriotism of these ruined
men, and strengthened their resolution ; and the indiscrim-
inate fury of the foe, only served equally to increase their
numbers and their zeal. For months, their only shelter
was the green wood and the swamp, their only cover
the broad forest and the arch of heaven. Hardened by
exposure, and stimulated by the strongest motives of
patriotism and feeling, they sallied forth from these hiding
places when their presence was least expected ; and
the first tidings of their approach were conveyed in the
flashing sabre and the whizzing shot.
With a policy that nothing could distract, a caution
that no artifice could mislead, Marion led his followers
from thicket to thicket in safety, and was never more
perfectly secure than when he was in the neighborhood
of his foe. He hung upon his flanks on the march, he
skirted his camp in the darkness of the night, he lay in
wait for his foraging parties, he shot down his sentries,
and, flying or advancing, he never failed to harass the in-
vader, and extort from him a bloody toll at every passage
through swamp, thicket or river, which his smaller parties
made. In this sort of warfare which is peculiarly
adapted to the peculiarities of the country in Carolina, and
consequently to the genius of her people he contrived
almost to break up the British communication, by one of