Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
from bank to bank, as circumstances required it, he be-
came a terror to the loyalists of both provinces, extending
his ravages from the seaboard to Augusta, and utterly de-
feating every attempt to accumulate a force against him.
This duty achieved, he joined the detachment under
general Pickens, who was then operating against Augusta
and Ninety Six.
The fall of Camden led to the rapid overthrow of the
enemy's chain of posts below, and completed the recov-
ery of the state to within thirty miles of the sea.
Greene, concluding, after the evacuation of this place by
Rawdon, that it would be the enemy's object to withdraw
his posts on the Congaree, and concentrate them below
the Santee, dispatched expresses to Marion and Sumter,
to prepare themselves for such an event. He himself,
ordering the army to proceed by the Camden road for
the Congaree, took an escort of cavalry and moved down
in person to Fort IMMTotte. At McCord's ferry he received
the tidings of the capitulation of this place. Fort Motte
lies above the fork on the south side of the Congaree.
The works of the British were built around the mansion
house of the lady whose name it bore, and from which,
in their savage recklessness of shame, the British officers
had expelled her. It was a noble mansion of consid-
erable value ; but not of so much value as to abridge the
patriotism of the high spirited owner. Defended by a
strong garrison, under a resolute commander, the fortress
promised to baffle for a long time the progress of the
besiegers. Under these circumstances, Mrs. Motte, who
had been driven for shelter to a neighboring hovel, produ-
ced an Indian bow, which, with a quiver of arrows, she