Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
presented to the American commander."Take these,"
she said, while presenting them, "and expel the enemy.
These will enable you to fire the house." Her earnest
entreaty that this course might be adopted, prevailed with
the reluctant Marion. Combustibles were fastened to the
arrows, which were shot into the roof of the dwelling ;
and the patriotic woman rejoiced in the destruction of
her property, when it secured the conquest of her coun-
trymen. Such, throughout the dreary war of the revolu-
tion, was universally the character of the Carolina women.
The sons fought, but who shall measure the aid and influ-
ence which the daughters brought to the conflict? This
will need a volume to itself.
Driven out from their place of shelter, the garrison at
Fort Motte was forced to surrender, and the force under
Marion was ready for operation in other quarters. A
portion of it, under colonel Lee, was immediately dis-
patched by Greene, as the van of the army, for the reduc-
tion of Fort Granby. The fall of Fort Motte increased
the panic of the British, and two days after that event,
they evacuated their post at Nelson's ferry, blew up the
fortifications and destroyed their stores. Fort Granby,
after a brief conflict, was surrendered with all its garrison,
consisting of nearly four hundred men. The terms afford-
ed by colonel Lee, were greatly complained of by the
Carolinians. These terms gave to the enemy the privi-
lege of carrying off their baggage, in which was included
an immense quantity of plunder. The approach of lord
Rawdon, with all his army, is said to have hastened the
operations of Lee, and to have led to the liberal conces-
sions which he made to the garrison ; but he has incurred