Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The History of South Carolina, From Its First European Discovery to Its Erection into a Republic >> Chapter XIX >> Page 204

image of pageExplore Inside

Page 204

History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 201THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
stance, the 33d regiment, three hundred and twenty-two
strong, supported by the yagers and light infantry of the
guards. The Virginians behaved with no less valor,
though with less experience. They maintained a long
and arduous conflict with the whole British line, and only
sunk at the push of the bayonet, for which they were neith-
er prepared by practice nor the possession of the proper
weapons. The victory remained with the enemy; but
the advantage with the Americans. The former lost six
hundred and thirty-three men, killed, wounded and miss-
ing; of these, one colonel and four commissioned officers
died on the field ; colonel Webster and several others re-
ceived mortal wounds ; General O'Hara's recovery from
his wounds was long doubtful; colonel Tarleton, and gen-
eral Howard, a volunteer, with twenty other commis-
sioned officers, were wounded. The victory must have
been with the Americans, but for the unmilitary flight, in
the beginning of the action, of the North Carolina militia,
and the second regiment of Marylanders. The loss of
the Americans was about four hundred. Greene retired
over Reedy fork, about three miles from the scene of
action ; while Cornwallis remained in possession of the
ground, but too much crippled to pursue his enemy.
Three days after his victory, his lordship destroyed all
his baggage, left his hospital and wounded, and fled
towards the sea-coast, leaving the whole of the country
behind him in the possession of the Americans. Greene
pursued, but without overtaking the British ; while Corn-
wallis, after a brief delay at Wilmington, hurried on to
that junction with the British forces in Virginia, under
major general Philips, and the traitor Arnold, which
a