Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
ter was compelled to forego any farther attempts upon
his foe ; as, at the close of the engagement, there was not
a single charge of powder among his men.
The British lost in the several engagements, apart from
the slain and wounded, the numbers of whom could never
be accurately known, nearly two hundred prisoners, in-
cluding nine commissioned officers, a large quantity of
valuable stores, wagons and horses, and �a prize no less
rare than valuable in the eyes of the starving Americans
seven hundred and twenty guineas, taken in the pay-
master's chest, with the baggage at Quinby bridge.
The expedition of Sumter, though not as successful as
it might have been�for Coates' whole force might have
been captured�was of the highest service, as it inspired
the country with a wholesome confidence in its native
valor. The troops actually engaged in the attack on
colonel Coates, were almost exclusively South Carolina
militia, and they displayed, with the vivacious audacity of
the partisan, the firm, collected resolution of the drilled
Marion's men amply demonstrated, when they brought
off Taylor's division from the British bayonet, under the
heaviest fire from their pickets, that nothing was wanting
but military constancy, and the weapons of soldiers, to
meet the best appointed troops of Europe.