Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.205
resulted in the siege and surrender of Yorktown, one of
the most brilliant events in the progress of the war, and
which greatly assisted to decide it.
While these events were in progress in North Carolina,
the whigs in South Carolina were every where gathering
in arms. The absence of Cornwallis had withdrawn
from the state that superior body by which he had held
it in subjection. Pickens, with his brigade, was opera.'
ting between Ninety Six and Augusta ; and Lee, with his
legion and a part of the second Maryland regiment, was
advancing to co-operate with Marion. General Sumter,
though not yet fully recovered of his wounds received at
Blackstock's, had drawn his men to a head, and had pen-
etrated to the Congaree, which he crossed early in Feb-
ruary, and appeared before Fort Granby. Such was the
vigor with which he pressed the fort, that his marksmen,
mounted upon a temporary structure of rails, had reduced
the garrison to the last straits, when they were relieved by
the unexpected approach of succor under lord Rawdon,
who appeared on the opposite bank of the river. Unable
to contend with the superior force of the British, Sumter
made a sudden retreat ; and two days after, captured an
escort of the British regulars going from Charlestown to
Camden with stores, in wagons, which yielded a booty
equally necessary to both parties. Thirteen of the Brit-
ish were slain, and sixty-six made prisoners ; the wagons,
containing a profusion of provisions, clothing, arms, and
ammunition, fell into his hands. Proceeding with his ac-
customed rapidity, he swam the Santee river with three
hundred men, and appeared next before Fort Watson,
From this point he was again driven by Rawdon, who
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