Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
the Americans, being wounded through both thighs, and
deserted by his men in the precipitation of their flight.
Sumter, after this affair, left his position, and was
pursued by Tarleton with the headlong haste which
marked all the movements of that warrior. He came up
with the American general at Blackstock's, on the 20th
of November. Blackstock's house, on the southwest
bank of Tiger river, afforded a favorable position for the
employment of a small force in battle. Sumter stationed
his troops so as to avail himself of all its advantages.
Not doubting that the whole force of the British was
upon him, he resolved to maintain his ground during the
day, and under cover of the night escape across the river.
Tarleton's command consisted of his legion, a battalion
of the 71st regiment, a detachment of the 63rd, and a
lieutenant's command of the royal artillery, with one field
piece. But, of this force, only four hundred mounted men
had yet come up with the Americans. As soon as Sum-
ter made this discovery, his plans were changed ; and
he resolved to commence the attack and cut up his ene-
my in detail. Tarleton, supposing that he had the game
in his own hands, had, immediately on arriving, secured
an elevated piece of ground in front of Sumter's position,
and, dismounting his men to relieve themselves and hor-
ses, prepared to await the arrival of his artillery and
infantry. But the assault of Sumter compelled him to
take to his arms. The Americans descended from their
heights and poured in a well directed fire upon the ene-
my. They were met by the bayonet, and being armed
only with rifles, were compelled to retire. The British
advanced, but were met by a reserve of rifles, which