Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 206THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
marched to its relief. He then retired to the swamps on
Black river, where he remained, though not inactive, for
awhile.
Emerging from this retreat, he was attacked near Cam-
den by major Fraser, at the head of a considerable force
of regulars and militia; but the major was defeated after
a severe handling, in which twenty of his men were
slain. Sumter, after this event, retired to the borders of
North Carolina, where he contrived to increase his force
to three small regiments of state troops. His return,
with that of the continental army, renewed the war in
South Carolina with more regularity and vigor.
Marion had been as busy in his fastnesses as his great
contemporary Sumter ; and while Greene and the conti-
nentals gave full employment to the regular British army,
his little brigade had met the tories in a spirit not unlike
their own. Their savage murders, wanton excesses,
and bitter cruelties their house-breaking and house-
burning their blasphemies, impieties and horrors,
had put them completely out of the pale of military civili-
zation. " No quarter to the tories," became the cry of
the brigade when going into battle ; and with this spirit,
and guided by the skill and intelligence of their leader,
the career of the partisans was as sleepless and rapid as
its temper was now unsparing and vindictive. To conquer
merely, was not to complete the purpose for which they
fought�to destroy, was their object also ; and so resolute
had they shown themselves, and so active and vigilant,
that to root them out was as difficult as it had become de-
sirable. A new and well concerted attempt to annihilate
this body, was arranged between colonels Watson and