Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Marion to a junction with the main army, had the effect
of bringing about Greene's object.
On the 25th of April, lord Rawdon, arming his mu-
sicians, drummers, and every person within his encamp-
ment by whom a weapon could be borne, sallied forth
with great spirit to the attack. It has been said by
some writers, that Greene suffered himself to be surprised
in this affair ; but this is an error. The attack was made
on the very quarter in which the American general was
most prepared. The pickets behaved with the utmost
coolness, gathering in the videttes, and forming with
great deliberation under colonel Kirkwood's Delaware
command, His position formed the American advance,
and met the first shock of the enemy's charge. Here the
contest was maintained for awhile with singular obstinacy,
and this little squad retired slowly, fighting with resolute
determination, step by step, as they receded before the ac-
cumulating pressure of the foe. Lord Rawdon's line was
composed of the 13th regiment on the right, the New
York volunteers in the centre, and the American loyalists
on the left. The right was supported by Irish troops,
and the left by a detachment under captain Robertson.
The regiment posted with the cavalry, was raised in
South Carolina, so that on this bloody day, the number of
European troops engaged was very small. Most of
Rawdon's army were American by birth. Nearly one
half of his troops were in reserve ; the front which he
advanced was comparatively small. He had, besides, ta-
ken a lesson from the American leaders, and employed
flanking parties of picked loyalist riflemen, who moved
abreast of his wing among the trees, and did much