Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The History of South Carolina, From Its First European Discovery to Its Erection into a Republic >> Chapter XIX >> Page 209

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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
and a gentleman, has passed, from its ludicrous solemnity,
into a proverbial phrase of merriment in the south.
Doyle, the coadjutor of Watson, was encountered in like
manner, and with similar results. A single conflict
drove him back to Camden, with a considerable loss in
men, and a greater loss in baggage.
This affair was followed, on the part of the brigade, by
a sharp conflict with a body of tories. These were rout-
ed and their captain slain. A nephew of Marion also fell
in the conflict. A second descent which Marion made
upon Georgetown about this time, was more successful
than the first. It fell into his hands, but was afterwards
set on fire by an armed party from a British vessel, and
upwards of forty houses were reduced to ashes.
After the return of general Greene into South Carolina,
which followed the flight of Cornwallis into Virginia,
Marion ceased to act independently. The exploits of
his brigade, no longer acting by itself, became merged in
those of the liberating army.