Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
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in check in Charlestown, was confided to Sumter and
Marion. In the execution of this duty they closed in
upon him, until he established a line of fortified posts,
extending from Georgetown, by Monk's Corner, Dorches-
ter, &c., to Coosawhatchie. The British were frequently
harassed by the partisans, who made incursions within
this line ; but the force of the assailants was not adequate
to any serious attack upon any one of them, that of George-
town alone excepted. This station having been left
with a small garrison, and being separated from the rest
of the line by swamps and water-courses of such magni-
tude as to prevent any sudden relief from reaching it,
was attacked and carried. The British fled to their
gallies, while Marion deliberately moved all the military
stores and public property up the Pedee, demolished the
fortifications, and returned, without loss, to his position
in St. Stevens. The fall of the British forts at Augusta
followed this event, and the leading object of general
Greene was the prosecution of the siege of Ninety-Six.
This siege was one of the most animated occurrences
of the American war. It lasted nearly a month. The
place was remarkable on many accounts. It was the
scene of the first conflict in the southern, and, perhaps,
in the revolutionary war. In this place, in the year 1775,
began that sanguinary hostility between the whigs and
tories, which afterwards desolated the beautiful country
around it.
A peculiar circumstance invited the hostile parties to this
spot. It had been surrounded with a stockade as a de-
fence against the incursions of the Indians, whose settle-
ments were then in its near neighborhood. The stockade