Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
The hurts of vanity, the disappointments of ambition, the
defeat of all their plans of conquest, and the constant ad-
vance and frequent successes of the victorious Americans,
made them vindictive and merciless. Perhaps, too,
though this is not suffered to appear in the proceedings
Hayne was only a chosen sacrifice to the manes of
major Andre. The unhappy man was less moved than
his fellow citizens and friends. He saw and conversed
with them with Christian cheerfulness, and the resolute
bearing of the soldier. To a friend, the evening before
his death, he declared himself to be " no more alarmed at
the thoughts of death, than at any other occurrence which
was necessary and unavoidable." He requested the ex-
isting authorities to accommodate the mode of his execu-
tion to a soldier's feelings ; but this was denied him.
The proceedings in his case were obviously parallel to
those of Andre. Attended by thousands of spectators,
gloomy and sad as by an impending calamity to them-
selves, he walked to the place of doom. His carriage
was firm, manly and unostentatious. 'To his eldest son,
a boy about thirteen years of age, on the morning of the
fatal day, he delivered all the papers which were con-
nected with his fate, and gave his final instructions as to
the disposition of his remains. Ascending the fatal
eminence of death, he parted from his friends with the
simple assurance that he would endeavor to show them
"how an American should die ;" and with that unshaken
resolution which had distinguished his deportment
throughout the painful scene, he himself gave the signal
which hurried him into eternity. He died in a manner
becoming the martyr to his country's freedom. His he-