Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
without suffering interruption or injury. He also burn-
ed four vessels, laden with valuable stores for the Brit-
ish army. Lieutenant colonel Lee took all the wagons
and wagon horses belonging to a convoy of provisions ;
traversed Dorchester and the neighborhood, from which
the garrison was expelled ; and, meeting with Hampton,
proceeded to rejoin the main body, under Sumter.
Meanwhile, a detachment of Marion's men, under
colonel Mayhem, passing the head of Cooper river and
Wadboo creek, penetrated below to the eastward of Big-
gin church, to obstruct the retreat of the garrison at the
church, by destroying the Wadboo bridge. The church
near Biggin bridge was a strong brick building, about a
mile from Monk's Corner, where the British had a re-
doubt. The church covered the bridge, and secured the
retreat at that point by way of the Corner. It was
strongly garrisoned by lieutenant colonel Coates, with a
British force of nearly seven hundred men ; and the de-
tachment under Mayhem did not dare to advance with any
confidence while unsupported by the main American
force, under Sumter.
On the 16th of June, Sumter having collected the
greater portion of his detachment, advanced to support
Mayhem in his attempt upon the bridge. Re-inforcing
his troop with a detachment under colonel Peter Horry,
the command devolved upon the latter officer, who at
once proceeded to the destruction of the bridge. The
cavalry of the enemy advanced boldly to defeat his
purpose, but were received by the mounted American
riflemen, who broke entirely through them, killing some,
and taking a number of prisoners. This defeat drew