Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription CHAPTER XXIV.
Colonel Stewart, whom lord Rawdon had left in com-
mand of the British army, had been watched by the
American commander with intense anxiety. In com-
mand of nearly three thousand troops, he was too strong
to apprehend any assault from a force so poorly provided,
and so feeble in most respects, as that of the Americans ;
and, but for discontents among his men, and the great
fatigues to which his new Irish regiments had been
subjected before reaching him, he would have been in
good condition to turn upon the steps of Greene. Some
weeks elapsed before Stewart was ready for a move-
ment of any kind, and during this time the American
general was held in suspense as to his future objects.
Not doubting, however, that the necessity of providing
for his army would carry his adversary to the banks either
of the Congaree or Santee, measures were taken for the
removal of all the provisions upon the northern side of
both these rivers. This proceeding necessarily increased
the resources of the American, while diminishing those of
the British army.
When Stewart moved, he took post amidst the hills
near the confluence of the Wateree and Congaree.
Here the two armies lay in sight of each other's fires ;
but the heat of the weather precluded operations of any
kind, and, as if by mutual consent, their swords remained
undrawn in their scabbards for a season. The intervention