Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription CHAPTER XXI.
The breaking up of the British post at Camden, how-
ever unavoidable, was of essential disservice to the
British cause. From that moment the numbers of the
Americans increased awns in their hands and indigna-
tion in their hearts�following the footsteps of the re-
treating army, and wreaking vengeance at every turn, for
the long suffering and cruel indignities which they had
undergone. To Rawdon it seemed as if the fabled teeth
of the dragon had been sown around him, so prolific on
a sudden was the increase among his foes. That this
measure had become one of imperative necessity to the
British commander, is unquestionable. With a strong
enemy hanging upon his skirts, a dissatisfied population
all around him ;�Marion and Lee, Sumter and Pickens,
busy, with their accustomed promptitude, and operating
upon the posts below which connected him with Charles-
town, and secured him his only route of retreat to the sea-
board ;�he had no alternative but to evacuate a station
from which he had so long overawed the country, but-
which was now no longer tenable. The activity of the
partisan bands below him, also demanded his early suc-
cour for the several garrisons which they threatened.
His own safety pressingly urged the propriety of his
retreat. Greene simply awaited the arrival of recruits
from Virginia, when, it was evident to Rawdon no less