Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
ed long enough to sully his military honors by numberless
acts, equally sanguinary and shameful.
The reverses of the British arms had embittered the
temper of their leaders, and they seemed to think, that in
deeds of cruelty alone could they lessen the mortification
of defeat. One of these deeds, as it has already received
the general reprobation of the American world, and as it
indicates the temper in which the invaders of Carolina
treated and beheld her sons, should receive particular
attention. This was the wanton execution, without trial
and against law, of a noble Carolinian, taken in arms
against the enemy, and hung by the joint command of lord
Rawdon and lieutenant colonel Balfour, who held the
post of commandant of the city.
Colonel Isaac Hayne was a planter of South Carolina,
of good nurture and family, and highly esteemed among
his countrymen for his amiable manners and unblemished
character. During the siege of Charlestown, he com-
manded a troop of horse, and served his country at the
same time as a senator in the state legislature. His corps
of cavalry, which operated in the rear of the British army,
and not within the city, did not share in the general cap-
tivity of the citizens in the fall of Charlestown. After
that event, opposition being overawed throughout the state,
this little corps, like nearly every other of the same kind,
was disbanded, and Hayne returned with his family to the
privacy of his plantation. The British traversed the state,
which was at length declared to be conquered ; and the
complete defeat of Gates at Camden, almost made it so.
A military government had been established over it imme-
diately after the reduction of Charlestown, and successive