Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The History of South Carolina, From Its First European Discovery to Its Erection into a Republic >> Chapter XX >> Page 219

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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
no longer protected from their vengeance by the arms of
the British, were compelled to abandon their homes, and
follow the fortunes of the enemy. They dared not await
the justice of the Americans. Hundreds followed his
lordship, scorned and despised by their allies and hated by
their countrymen. Their history may be dismissed in this
place. After sharing all the vicissitudes of an army
retiring before a pursuing foe, they reached Charlestown
and built for themselves a settlement of huts without the
lines. This, by a miserable mockery, was called
Rawdontown. Here, men, women, and children, were
crowded together in a wretched condition of poverty and
shame. They had dwelt happily on their farms near
Camden; and perished in the utmost destitution ; utterly
unnoticed and unassisted by those for whom they had
sacrificed the ties of society, and all the first claims of
country ; the victims equally of disease and want, they
died, to use the emphatic language of that time, like
" rotten sheep" upon the suburbs.