Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
ceeded to obey, but was repulsed by Coffin, who immedi-
ately after hastened to charge the rear of the Americans,
now dispersed among the tents. Here, however, he
encountered Hampton, and, by him, was successfully
charged and beaten in turn. A sharp fight resulted in
Coffin's retiring from the conflict. A moment after, the
command of Hampton was almost annihilated by a fire
from the picketed garden, where Majoribanks had con-
cealed himself. This skillful officer, to whom the British
army chiefly owed its safety, having scattered the cavalry
of Hampton, proceeded to the performance of another
movement, which was decisive of the strife.
The British artillery, which had been captured by the
Americans, had been brought up and opened upon the
brick house, where the enemy were strongly sheltered.
Unfortunately, in the hurry of the fight, the pieces had
been brought too near the house, and were commanded
by its fire, which very soon killed or disabled all the ar-
tillerists. Majoribanks, as soon as he had scattered the
cavalry of Hampton, sallied into the field, re-captured the
pieces, and hurried them under cover. Then, being
re-inforced by parties from the house and garden, he
charged the Americans scattered among the tents, and
drove them before him. They found safety only in the
cover of the wood where the army of Greene had rallied ;
and the British, too much crippled to venture into conflict
beyond the shelter of the houses, slowly fell back upon
their position.
Thus ended the severe battle of the Eutaw, in which
both parties claimed the honors of the victor. There is
no difficulty in settling the question between them. The