Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 224THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
the reproach of hastening the capitulation in order to an-
ticipate the arrival of Sumter and the grand army. The
siege had been begun some time before, by Sumter, who
had left colonel Taylor, with a strong party, to maintain
his position, while he made a sudden descent upon the
enemy's post at Orangeburg, in which he was thoroughly
successful. Sumter, himself, conceived that he had suf-
fered injury by the capitulation, in which nothing was
gained but the earlier possession of a post which could
not have been held many days longer, and must have
fallen, without conditions, and with all its spoils, into the
hands of the Americans. It was with bitter feelings that
the whig militia beheld the covered wagons of the ene-
my, drawn by their own horses, which they knew to be
filled with the plunder of their farms and houses, driven
away before their eyes.
On the 11th of May, the garrison at Orangeburg, to the
number of one hundred, with all their stores and a large
supply of provisions, surrendered to Sumter.
From Granby, Lee was sent to co-operate with Pick-
ens against Augusta ; and three days after the fall of the
former post, his legion was arrayed before the walls of
the latter. Meanwhile, general Greene took up the line
of march for Ninety Six, and on the 22nd of May he sat
down before that formidable station. The reduction of
this place was an object of the greatest interest. The
village of Cambridge, or as it was called in that day, the
post of Ninety Six, was, at this time, the pivot of very
extensive operations. To possess it, therefore, was to
give the finishing blow to the British strength in the
interior of the state. The task of holding lord Rawdon