Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription CHAPTER XX.
At no period had opposition entirely ceased to the
British arms in South Carolina. In the worst hour of
her misfortunes, there were still some noble bands of her
sons, few in number, but fearless in spirit, that maintained
her banner among the swamps and forests ; always
watchful of the occasion when to sally forth and wreak
fearful vengeance on the invaders, in the moment of
their greatest seeming security. To the names of Sum-
ter, Marion and Pickens, may be added those of Harden,
Hampton, Huger, Horry and others, who distinguished
themselves from the beginning ; and, in the course of the
conflict, a new race of youthful warriors sprang up to take
the places of those who had been slain, and afford a
respite to the labors of others, who had kept the field
from the first moment when the British cannon thundered
in hostility upon her shores. It does not fall within the
plan of this work to record the smaller events, and
assign the due praise to every young hero who acquired
just renown in the service of his country. It is enough
to say, that Carolina, from the opening of the campaign
of 1780, became one vast and bloody battle field, in which
nearly all of her sons contended. Unhappily, they too
often contended with one another, and it is with a senti-
ment of melancholy pleasure that we record the fact, that
the direst issues that ever took place within her borders
the severest trials of strength and the most fearful con-