Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
vantages of the service, the American general entered up-
on it with a manly determination to undertake its hardships
with patriotic zeal, and to despond in nothing. He ad-
vanced towards the head of boat navigation on the Pedee.
The country in that neighborhood was fertile, and had
not yet been traversed by an army of any magnitude.
Here he sat down for a while, in order to recruit and
exercise his little force. Here he matured his plans,
perfected his intimacy with his officers, and drilled his
raw militiamen. From this point he dispatched his
engineers to explore the country. The routes in all
directions were carefully set down, and with governor
Rutledge, of South Carolina, in his camp, he was not
suffered to remain in ignorance of any matters which he
deemed essential to his contemplated invasion of the
While Gates and Greene were busy in the accu-
mulation of an army, it must not be supposed that the
little bands under Marion and other partisan command-
ers, had been inactive. Marion, whose mode of war-
fare had acquired for him the nom de guerre of "the
Swamp Fox," was never inactive. Hundreds of little
successes, that do not properly belong to the main stream
of regular history, yet concurred to render his career
memorable, and to influence equally the hopes of his
countrymen and the hostility of the enemy. His com-
mand was a peculiar one, being chiefly formed from the
little and insulated section of country in which he lived.
His warriors were his neighbors and friends, and the
tie that bound them together, brought into equal activity
the duty of the soldier and the affections of the comrade.