Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Doyle. The former was to move down from Camden
along the Santee,�the latter was to cross Lynch's creek,
and follow its course on the eastern bank. They were to
unite their forces near Snow's island, which was the favor-
ite hiding place of the brigade."
Marion heard first of the approach of Watson, and went
out with his whole force to meet him. At Taucaw swamp,
nearly opposite to the mouth of the present Santee canal,
he laid an ambush for him, which he placed under com-
mand of colonel Horry. At this time he had but a few
rounds of ammunition for each man. His orders to Hor-
ry, were, to give two fires and retreat. A second ambush
was placed in a contiguous situation, which promised
certain advantages. This was a party of cavalry, under
the command of captain Conyers. Horry's ambuscade
gave its fires with great effect, but was compelled to retire.
Watson, having made good his passage of the swamp,
sent a detachment of cavalry, under major Harrison, in
pursuit of Horry. This detachment was encountered by
Conyers, who slew Harrison with his own hand. His
party was dispersed after suffering severe loss from the
charge of Conyers. Marion, too feeble to assail his op-
ponent openly, continued in this way to embarrass his
progress and weaken his force, until they had reached
nearly to the lower bridge on Black river, seven miles
below King's tree. Here Watson made a feint of taking
the road to Georgetown. Too weak to detach a party to
the bridge, Marion took an advantageous position on that
road. Suddenly wheeling, Watson changed his course
and gained possession of the bridge on the western side.
This gave him the opening to a very important pass, lead-