Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA,215
the drums announced their tenor, and Washington, at
the head of his cavalry, disappeared among the trees
which lay between his troop and the rear of the ene-
my. The American general already believed his vic-
tory to be secure ; but he had no ordinary adversa-
ry in Rawdon. With the quickness of instinct, this
commander threw out his supporting columns, and the
Americans, but a moment before in the fullest conviction
that they had outflanked the enemy, were themselves
outflanked. Their wings were enfiladed and their rear
threatened. At this crisis, when every thing depended
upon the greatest coolness and a composure which might
look undaunted upon the scene, the first Maryland
regiment, by excellence esteemed, in the language of
Roman eulogium, the tenth legion of the American army
-that band to which all eyes were turned for example,
which had conquered the British with their own weapon,
the bayonet, at the noble passage of valor at the Cow-
pens�which, alone, had fought half of the battle at
Guilford, and obtained more than half of the triumph of
that no less bloody day now, unaccountably, shrunk
away from the issue, in a panic which could not be
overcome.
Greene, at this moment, was leading on the Virgin-
ian regiment of Campbell in person, on the extreme
right, when he was called away by the confusion of the
centre. Vainly, by voice and gesture, did he seek to re-
store their confidence, and bring them once more into the
action. They heard and halted; but the day was already
lost. They were already at the bottom of the hill, and the
cheers and clamors of the enemy now commanded his at-