Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription CHAPTER XXII.
The retreat of the British from Ninety-Six, while it en-
couraged the whips in that quarter, induced a very gen-
eral apprehension that it would enable lord Rawdon, by
the additional force which it afforded him, to re-establish
all the posts which he had lately lost, to the southward
of the Santee. After the flight of Cornwallis to Vir-
ginia, the British commanders in South Carolina had con-
tracted their operations almost entirely within that extent
of country which is enclosed by the Santee, the Conga-
ree, and Edisto. Within these limits, after the late re-
treat of Greene, Rawdon had resolved to canton his for-
ces, and the most eligible positions were examined with
this object. But he soon found that the American gene-
ral was not disposed to suffer the progress of this inten-
tion, without endeavoring to arrest or disturb it ; and great
was his surprise, accordingly, to hear that Greene, whom
he had so lately driven before him, had faced about to
give him battle upon the Congaree. Having divided his
force, and given one part of it to colonel Stewart, who
was stationed at Orangeburg, he felt himself unequal to
the encounter; and following the dictates of veteran pru-
dence, he fell back before the approaching Americans,
retreating hastily to this latter post, where he was shel-
tered on one side by the Edisto, and on the other with
strong buildings, little inferior to redoubts. In the ad-
vance which Greene continued to make upon the retreat-