Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
morning. About 8 o'clock A. M. he came in sight of the
Americans, and, instead of overtaking his adversary in
the fatigue and confusion of a flight, he found him drawn
up and ready under arms. Morgan's army had rested,
breakfasted, and were refreshed. The British, on the
other hand, had been five hours that morning on the
march; but this difference was deemed unimportant to
one who had hitherto known nothing but success. Tarle-
ton, satisfied by the spirit and alacrity of his troops, pre-
pared at once for battle.
Morgan had taken ground on an eminence which as-
cended gently for about three hundred and fifty yards,
and was covered with an open wood. On the crown of
this eminence were posted two hundred and ninety
Maryland regulars, and in line on their right, two com-
panies of Virginia militia and a company of Georgians
making his rear line consist of four hundred and thirty men.
This was commanded by lieutenant colonel Howard.
One hundred and fifty yards in advance of the line, the
main body of the militia, about three hundred in number,
all practiced riflemen, and most of them burning with a
keen sense of personal injury, were posted under the com-
mand of colonel Pickens. In advance of the first line about
one hundred and fifty yards, were placed as. many picked
riflemen, scattered in loose order along the whole front.
Those on the right were commanded by colonel Cunning-
ham, of Georgia; those on the left by major McDowal,
of South Carolina. No particular order was given to
this desultory body ; but they knew the service."Mark
the, epaulette men," were the words of counsel which
they whispered to one another, In the rear of the se-