Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 218THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
the Americans brought into the field, being somewhat the
greatest. The event did not discourage the American
commander, and its results thickened the difficulties which
at this time began to encompass the British.
Very soon after the battle of Hobkirk, Greene detached
a re-inforcement to Marion, on the Nelson's Ferry road,
and on the 3d of May crossed the Wateree, and took
such positions as would enable him to prevent succors
from going into Camden from that quarter. Rawdon,
having received a considerable re-inforcement under
Watson, again sallied out on the 8th of May, to bring the
American general, if possible, to a second action. His
only hope for the maintenance of the post, was in the
defeat and destruction of the army under Greene. The
latter was not ignorant of the straits to which his adver-
sary was reduced, and all the efforts of Rawdon to force
him into battle proved unavailing.
The British commander, baffled and disappointed,
wreaked his vengeance upon the town which he had so
long garrisoned, but which he felt himself no longer able
to maintain. Camden was reduced to ashes, and amidst
the shrieks of its people, and the " curses, not loud, but
deep," of the loyalists whom he could no longer protect,
lord Rawdon prepared to descend the country. The fall of
Fort Watson had broken the chain of communication with
Charlestown, and Marion was even now busy in the leaguer
of Fort Motte. Having devastated the country, it no long-
er yielded support to his troops. These he resolved to
save, though by the loss of the post and the confidence of
the tories. These miserable people, whose savage fury
had so long hunted their countrymen with fire and sword,