Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The History of South Carolina, From Its First European Discovery to Its Erection into a Republic >> Chapter XXV >> Page 269

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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
But though Stewart succeeded in escaping from his
pursuers, the British power in South Carolina was com-
pletely prostrated by the battle of Eutaw. He had lost
in killed, wounded and missing, nearly one half of the
force which he brought into action. The British regu-
lars lost something more than this, in the failure of their
charm of power,�their reputed invincibility. Their regu-
lars had been foiled with their own peculiar weapon, the
bayonet ; and, perhaps, almost entirely owed their safety
to the sharp shooting of native Americans, by whom
their ranks were too much filled from the beginning ; and
who, in almost all their victories, made a numerous and
efficient part of their armies. By a very inferior force
had they been driven from the field, and their courage fell
in proportion to the daily increase of confidence, in their
own prowess, on the part of the Americans. Nothing
seemed wanting to make the American soldiers as good
as any in the world, but a moderate length of practice,
and frequent exercise in actual conflict.
The losses of Greene had also been severe in a very
great degree. His officers, in particular, had suffered
dreadfully, chiefly in consequence of their exposure from
the fire of the house, in their vain attempts to rescue
their intoxicated soldiers from the British tents. Thin
as the American regiments had ever been, they were
always deficient in officers. In this bloody affair, no less
than sixty-one had been killed and wounded. Twenty-
one of these, including colonel Campbell, had died upon
the field of battle. The loss of British officers was also
very severe, but less than that of their enemies. Major
Majoribanks, who had so highly distinguished himself