Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 256THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
of two large rivers, secured them equally from sudden
attack, and their labors were confined to the watching of
each other, to the capturing of convoys, and the conquest
of detachments and foraging parties. In this service,
the Americans soon proved their superior activity.
Greene, speaking of his cavalry in these expeditions,
asserts them to be unexcelled by any in the world.
Washington was detached down the country across the
Santee, and soon made himself felt in the capture of two
bodies of the enemy's horse. Lee, crossing the Congaree
with his cavalry, penetrated between the main body of
the British army and the post at Orangeburg, and in sight
of the latter place, drove in, dispersed and captured
several of their detachments. No inequality of numbers
seem, at this time, to have impaired their confidence in
themselves or lessened their courage ; and such was
their audacity, that the enemy was compelled to send out
large detachments from his main body for the protection
of his convoys. For every wagon load of provisions, he
paid the price in blood. Equally active with these
officers, were Marion, Mayhem and Harden, in covering
the country below. The embarrassments produced by
these united operations, the great difficulty of procuring
provisions, and the necessity of lessening his main army
to strengthen his posts below, in order to cover his com-
munications between Orangeburg and Charlestown, ren-
dered the position of the British commander particularly
uncomfortable.
A movement of Greene, and the concentration of most
of the detachments of the Americans, at a general ren-
dezvous, determined the movements of colonel Stewart.