Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription CHAPTER XIX.
Never was victory more complete than this. Not a
corps of the British retired from the field under command,
except the remains of the cavalry who accompanied
Tarleton himself. These were pursued by lieutenant col-
onel Washington with his accustomed rapidity of move-
ment´┐Ża rapidity which sometimes involved him in perils,
when greater prudence, though less brilliant in its display,
might have been better soldiership. Excited by the
prospect of capturing the formidable cavalry officer whose
successes had hitherto been so uniform, and so productive
of disaster to the Carolinas, Washington pressed forward
with so much haste as to separate himself from the main
body of his command. Tarleton beheld this, and turned
upon his pursuer. He was supported by two of his offi-
cers, one of whom crossed swords with the pursuing
American. The blade of the latter, being of inferior tem-
per, broke in the encounter, and left him at the mercy of
the foe. At this moment, when a second blow would
have brought him to the ground, a little henchman, not
fourteen years old, who was devoted to his master, and
carried no other weapon than a pistol at his saddle bow,
seasonably rode up and discharged its contents into the
shoulder of the Briton. The arm of the assailant fell
powerless at his side ; but the other officer occupied his
place. His sword was already lifted above the head of
Washington, when the blow was broken by the interposi-