Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
and deluged her dwellings with the tears and blood of her
children. The ties of nature, of society, of neighborhood,
were torn apart and trampled. Friendships and fellow-
ships were sundered with the sword. Father and son
stood with confronting weapons in opposite ranks, and
brothers grappled in the gladiatorial embrace of the sav-
age, goaded to constant strife by the shouts and rewards of
the British conqueror. Under their favoring countenance,
people of the worst character emerged from their hiding
places in the swamp ; men of all sorts of crime ; thieves
and murderers ; blood-painted and gallows-branded
wretches, who needed but the halloo of the savage hunts-
man, to spring upon the track of the unhappy fugitive.
These drove the patriots from their hiding places and
country, ravaged their possessions, burnt their dwellings,
abused their women, slew their children, and converted
the sweetest homes of happiness into places of sorrow or
the most savage solitude. In the single district of Ninety-
Six, there were no less than fourteen hundred widows
and orphans made by this savage warfare.
There was but one mode left for safety to those unhappy
Carolinians, who, still devoted to their country's liberties,
were yet liable to be torn and tortured through the
bosom of their exposed and suffering families. This was
to accept of the protection of British power against the
aggravated excesses of their own infatuated country-
men. This protection was granted only to those who
claimed it as British subjects. To this wretched neces-
sity, colonel Hayne was soon reduced. A mean artifice
of a British officer seduced him from his plantation to the
city, where he was closely imprisoned, and obtained his