Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 212THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
the dawn of day, when the light enabled the riflemen to
single out their victims, the garrison found themselves
overawed by their assailants. A shower of bullets drove
them from their defences, and left them no alternative but
submission. The capitulation of the fort soon followed ;
and pushing his prisoners before him, Marion, after this
success, hurried his force forward to effect a junction
with Greene. The. advance of Marion brought on the
battle of Hobkirk's Hill.
Camden, before which the main army lay, is a beautiful
village, situated on a plain covered on the south and east
sides by the Wateree, and a creek which empties itself
into that river. On the western and northern sides, it
was guarded by six strong redoubts. It was garrisoned
by lord Rawdon with about nine hundred choice troops.
Hobkirk's Hill, where Greene took post, was about a
mile and a half in advance of the British redoubts. It is
a narrow sand ridge of little elevation, which divides the
head springs of two small branches, the one emptying
into the Wateree river, the other into Pine Tree creek.
The American force did not much exceed eight hundred
men, and the strong defences of Camden, and his own
want of sufficient artillery, were sufficient reasons to keep
him from making any attempts upon that place. But this
inferiority did not induce any timidity on the part of the
American commander. Having made his arrangements
and posted his sentinels with singular precaution, Greene
neglected no occasion to seduce or provoke his enemy to
come out from his defences and give him battle. The
fall of Fort Watson, and the approach of the force under