Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
than to his opponent, that all his stores and resources
must fall into the hands of the Americans.
The hopes of the Carolinians grew doubly active at
this period. The old revolutionary spirit which had
distinguished the people at the time of the battle of Fort
Moultrie, seemed once more to re-animate them. Squads
of armed whigs sprang up simultaneously in every quar-
ter of the state. Well mounted, and commanded by pop-
ular leaders, they seemed endowed with the attributes of
ubiquity, and appeared to the astonished Britons to be
every where at once. The very names of Marion,
Sumter, and Pickens, were productive of momentary
panic ; and detachments from the troops of the two
former generals, availing themselves of the flight of
Cornwallis to Virginia, and the approach of Greene
carried their arms to the very gates of Charlestown.
Major Harden, a gentleman of Beaufort, whose name
furnished one of the rallying sounds of the revolution,
was a chief instrument in the hands of Marion for carry-
ing out the bold and expert achievements which have
crowned their names with a local celebrity, as honorable
as it is vivid and unperishing. With seventy select men,
crossing the enemy's lines of communication, he ravaged
the country in the face of the foe, from Monk's Corner to
the Savannah river. His force gathered as it went for-
ward, and was quickly increased to two hundred men.
With a rapidity of movement which baffled pursuit, he
combined a readiness and valor which made him success-
ful in every encounter. To entrap him appeared as im-
possible as pursuit of him was vain. The Savannah no
longer remained a boundary, but throwing himself across