Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
the most eligible routes, between the seaboard and the in-
terior ; and a masterly enterprise, marked with the bold-
ness and intelligence that distinguished all his move-
ments, drew on him the anxious attention of his enemy,
and made it necessary for Cornwallis to dislodge him.
Hearing that a body of prisoners taken at the defeat of
Gates, about one hundred and fifty in number, were under
march to Charlestown, under a strong escort, he determin-
ed upon their rescue. Placing his mounted militia in am-
bush, in one of the swamps that skirt the wood from Nel-
son's Ferry to Monk's Corner, he darted upon the escort,
and succeeded in taking the whole party captive. Hav-
ing put the arms of the British into the hands of the res.,
cued Americans, he hurried across the Santee, and did not
pause until his prisoners were. safely disposed of within
the limits of North Carolina. He was far upon his way
beyond the arm of danger, before the parties detached by.
Cornwallis to drive him from his covert, had reached
the scene of his enterprise.
The temporary departure of Marion, left South Carolina
almost wholly abandoned to the enemy but the fruits of
his daring and success were yet to be seen. Opposition
to the British was never wholly extinct in the state, even
when it may have most appeared so ; and soon after
the defeat of Sumter on the 18th of August, he began to
recruit his force from, among the people of York district
a section of the state. which had never made any conces-
sions to the invader. Major Davie, another enterprising
officer, had equipped, as dragoons, some fifty or sixty men
in the same neighborhood ; and these two bands were still
in arms, though quiet, and only waiting for the occasion