Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
and always successful, that he had ever shown himself
from the first. His contemporary, Sumter, at the same
time, with no less activity, returned to the Ninety-Six
district, where the sanguinary war of whig and tory had
been renewed among the inhabitants, with a ferocity
commensurate to the forbearance which they had so long
shown of necessity, and to that hatred which was not
naturally the consequence of their adverse principles.
With the lawlessness of professed banditti, the several
parties ravaged the possessions of their opponents,
sparing no plunder and hesitating at no crime. To sup-
press these parties, overawe discontents, and capture the
ring-leaders, gave full employment, for some time, to the
arms of this active partisan. The wretches thus captured,
would have been subjected to vindictive and summary jus-
tice, by the arm of martial law, but for the re-establish-
ment of civil power in the state, from which it had been
withdrawn during the presence everywhere of the British
The return of governor Rutledge to the state, and the
restoration of the regular authority, together with the arri-
val of a re-inforcement of troops from North Carolina,
contributed to strengthen Greene's army, and encourage
him in the hope that he should be able to pursue his
objects, and press the British downward to their sole
strong hold in the city. The only enemy of force before
him, was colonel Stewart, who had been left by lord
Rawdon in command at Orangeburg. Sumter's incursion
into the low country, had drawn his lordship with some
precipitation down to Charlestown, where he only remain-