Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.191
prostrated many and repulsed the rest. Tarleton, as
he beheld his danger, commanded a second and desper-
ate charge, directly up the hill ; but the Americans stood
firm and received him with their rifles, under the united
fire of which his men could not be made to stand. Draw-
ing off his whole force, he wheeled upon Sumter's left,
where the ground was less precipitous ; he was here met
by a little corps of Georgians, about 150 in number, who
displayed the courage of veterans. But the pressure of
Tarleton's whole force was too much for them to contend
against. They yielded, after a noble resistance, and gave
way ; but the timely interposition of the reserve, under
colonel Winn, and the fire from a company stationed at
the house, determined the issue. Tarleton fled, leaving
near two hundred men upon the field of battle. The loss
of the Americans was trifling, but their brave commander
received a severe wound in the breast, which kept him
a length of time from service.
The army of the south, when general Greene entered
upon its command, was, in the language of his prede-
cessor, "rather a shadow than a substance." It consist-
ed nominally of less than two thousand men. One thou-
sand of these were militia, and nine hundred continentals.
The first measures of Greene were to provide them with
arms and clothing, and make such arrangements as would
supply their future wants. These were not of easy
performance in a country where there was no real mo-
ney, and nothing in circulation but a miserable paper cur-
rency, even then hopelessly irredeemable, and not less a
jest with the Americans than a mockery with the British.
But, whatever may have been the deficiencies and disad-