Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 188THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
awe the most populous settlements. The garrison at
Winnsborough completed a chain of posts which the ene-
my had established, from Georgetown to Augusta, in a cir-
cle, the centre of which, equi-distant from Charlestown and
Savannah, would have been Beaufort, in South Carolina.
These posts consisted of Georgetown, Camden, Winns-
borough, Ninety-Six and Augusta. Within this circle
was another chain of posts, consisting of Fort Watson
on the road to Camden, Motto's House, and Granby on the
Congaree. Dorchester, Orangeburg, Monk's Corner, and
other places, were fortified as posts of rest, deposite, and
communication. These stations were all judiciously
chosen, as well for procuring subsistence as for covering
the country.
The American army had been under march for Salis-
bury before the arrival of Greene. A command under
colonel Morgan had penetrated South Carolina, pressing
forward towards Camden, and occupying the very ground
which had witnessed the defeat of Gates. The exploit
of Marion in rescuing the American prisoners and cap-
turing the British guards, made him particularly obnoxious
to the British commander. Tarleton's success against
Sumter, and the promptness and activity of his move-
ments, pointed him out to Cornwallis as the proper officer
to ferret out and destroy this wary partisan. But the
British officer manwuvered in vain. Marion baffled and
eluded him at all points, and his adversary was com-
pelled to leave him the undisputed master of the whole
ground, while he turned his arms once more against
Sumter, whose incursions had again become troublesome.
This daring captain, having recruited his command to an