Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription CHAPTER XXIII.
These events, while they led to the concentration of
the British forces, allowed a breathing spell to the Ameri-
cans. Greene retired to the High Hills of Santee, where
the condition of his army, two-thirds of the men of which
were sick, rendered repose absolutely necessary. But
this repose did not imply idleness. To discipline his
troops, no less than to restore the sick, was a leading object
of the commander. His mind was occupied with the
necessity of grappling, on better terms of equality, with
the two able British generals with whom he had already
tried his strength.
To drive Rawdon to Charlestown, and confine him
within the limits of that city, under the control of a respec-
table force, would enable him to turn his arms against
Cornwallis, and secure, or at least contribute to the se-
curing, of that formidable commander in Virginia. Such
was his desire ; but the business on his hands proved
too various, and his resources too few, for its perform-
ance ; and, fortunately for the cause of American liberty,
Cornwallis found other foes, too numerous for his safety
or escape, in the state which he had invaded.
While Greene lay at the Hills, Marion, with his
brigade, traversed the Santee with a success and an ac-
tivity that did not suffer diminution because of the intense
heats of August. He was still the same cautious but en-
terprising, bold yet vigilant captain ; always in motion,