Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription CHAPTER XVIII.
The defeat and death of Ferguson, and the overthrow
of a force so formidable as that which he led, re-inspir-
ited the Americans. It also served to baffle the plans
of lord Cornwallis ; to whom it gave such serious alarm
that he retreated from Charlotte, to which place he had
pursued the fugitive army of Gates, and fixed himself at
Winnsborough. The boldness of the Americans increas-
ed daily. The panic which followed the defeat of the
continentals began to dissipate. Small bodies of troops,
under favorite leaders, began to show themselves even
in the neighborhood of Cornwallis' encampment ; cutting
off his foragers and intercepting his convoys. The sharp
shooters of the Carolinas penetrated his very lines, and
under the shelter of shrub, tree and hillock, picked off
his sentries. Such was their audacity, that, on his march
from Charlotte to Winnsborough, single riflemen often
rode up within gunshot of his army, singled out their vic-
tims, and, having discharged their pieces, rode off in safety.
Andrew Jackson, then a boy but fourteen years old, took
the field on this occasion. The approach of Ferguson and
Cornwallis summoned all classes to the field : The old
sire, better fitted to grasp the crutch than the brand, as
well as the boy whose sinews had not yet hardened into
manhood ; and, long after the storm of battle had subsided
on the plains of Carolina, the boy of the Waxsaws still
remembered its fury, while grappling with the same ene-