Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
drew to the High Hills of Santee, while he meditated
other modes for the expulsion of the enemy from the
strong position which he had taken on the Edisto.
Having succeeded in driving Rawdon from Camden,
by striking at the posts below, it was resolved to pursue
a like plan of warfare, to compel the evacuation of
Orangeburg. In obedience to this resolution, Sumter
and Marion, with their several commands, consisting
chiefly of the state troops, and officered by most of those
able partisans, the two Hamptons, Taylor, Horry, May-
hem, Lacy and others, who had maintained the liberties of
their country in the swamps, when they were too feeble
to hold their ground in the field, were accordingly let
loose, in an incursion into the lower country, which
drove the enemy at all quarters for safety into Charles-
town, and for a time, prostrated the royal power even
to the gates of that place.
While the partisans were sweeping down every path
that led to the city, Greene, with the main army, pursued
the road leading down the south side of the Congaree, and
the east side of Cooper river. Various little successes
distinguished the progress of the partisans. Colonel Wade
Hampton charged a party of dragoons within five miles of
Charlestown, and appearing before the walls of the city,
occasioned a degree of alarm in the garrison, which could
scarcely have been justified by the appearance of the
whole American force. The bells were rung, alarm
guns fired, and the whole force of the city confusedly
gathered, and under arms. In this foray, Hampton cap-
tured fifty prisoners, and after exhibiting them to the sen-
tinels on the more advanced redoubts, coolly retired,