Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.253
roism in death, extorted from his enemies the confession
that "if he did not die in a good cause, he must, at least,
have acted from a pursuasion of its being so."
The execution of such a man as colonel Hayne, under
such circumstances, and with so little show of justice,
was not an event to escape the consideration of the
American general, or to pass from the memories of the
Carolinians. Unsatisfied by the explanations that were
offered by the British commander, Greene declared his
purpose of retaliation on all such British officers as should
fall into his hands, --a declaration which was induced
by the voluntary self devotion of all the officers of the
southern army. These brave men met together and ad-
dressed to him a memorial, in which, after declaring
what had reached their ears of the enormous cruelties
practiced by the British, and of the bloody execution
which has just been recorded, they recommend measures
of immediate retaliation by a similar treatment of all
British subjects ; avowing their perfect readiness to
abide by a recommendation which, in the event of capture,
at once placed themselves entirely without the pale of
mercy from the enemy.But," concludes this noble
document ; " we had rather commit ourselves to the
most desperate situations, than prosecute this just and
necessary war upon terms so dishonorable."
Fortunately for the cause of humanity, but a little time
elapsed after this, when the policy of the war rendered
unnecessary the adoption of such rigorous measures.
Still, the American general wore the countenance of one
who was inflexible in his determination. A very few days
after the execution of Hayne, Marion's cavalry captured
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