Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
The arrival of Greene abridged the independence of
Marion's movements. His brigade constituted a portion
of the men of the state, and was necessarily comprised
within the command of that general. The activity, cour-
age, and successful conduct of Marion, indicated him to
Greene as one well calculated, by his knowledge of the
country, for active employment ; and colonel Lee being
joined to his "brigade," a combined attempt was made to
surprise the British post at Georgetown. The town was
entered, many were killed and taken, but the garrison re-
mained firm, and the attempt was unsuccessful. The fail-
ure is ascribed to several causes ; but the alarm of the
guides, who missed their way, and thus defeated the plan
of co-operation between the several parties, is a sufficient
reason. With this affair, which took place on the 25th of
January, general Greene opened the campaign of 1781.
This failure was more than compensated by a brilliant
event which happened, a few days before, in the western
extremity of the state, to which general Greene had
detached colonel Morgan with a strong force, with a view
to his keeping down and restraining the brutal passions
of the loyalists in that quarter. Morgan, shortly after
his arrival, sent lieutenant colonel Washington, with a
regiment and two hundred horse, to attack a body of tories
who had been plundering the whig inhabitants. Wash-
ington came up with them near Hammond's store, char-
ged them vigorously and defeated them. General Cun-
ningham, with a detachment of British militia, of one hun-
dred and fifty, was dispersed by a party under cornet
Simons, of Washington's command. These and other
successes, seriously excited the apprehensions of Corn-