Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription CHAPTER XXV.
In this severe engagement, the Americans made five
hundred prisoners ; and if farther proof were needed to
establish their claim to victory, it was found in the
events of the succeeding day. Colonel Stewart, leaving
his dead unburied, and seventy of his wounded to the
humanity of Greene, breaking the stocks of one thousand
stand of arms, and destroying his stores, abandoned his
position and retreated with precipitation before his ene-
my. The Americans advanced within five miles of him,
to Ferguson's swamp, where he made his first halt. It
was Greene's intention to have renewed the action the
next day ; and he dispatched Marion and Lee to watch
the line of communication between the Eutaws and
Fairlawn, where the British had a strong force, under
colonel McArthur, in order to prevent the junction of this
body with the enemy's main army. The simultaneous
movements of the two corps, enabled them to meet at mid
distance, and to out number the American detachment.
By this movement, their junction was secured the
evening of the day after the battle, and their retreat im-
mediately continued. Greene pressed the pursuit during
the whole of one day, but without success. The escape
of Stewart was secured for the time, and the American
general was compelled to forego his object and yield his
earliest attention to the prisoners and wounded in his
hands.