Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The History of South Carolina, From Its First European Discovery to Its Erection into a Republic >> Chapter XXV >> Page 270

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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 270THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
during the day, died on the march to Charlestown. The
spot where he lies buried, is still shown upon the road-
side. The rest of the British wounded narrowly escaped
capture by Marion. This vigilant and ever restless cap-
tain, understanding that they had been shipped at Fair-
lawn for Charlestown, descended the country rapidly by
night, and would have intercepted them, but for a slave of
one of the plantations, who gave intelligence of his move-
ments to the British camp. This brought out a strong
detachment against him, and he was compelled, in turn,
to steal away and avoid interception.
Returning from the pursuit of Stewart, Greene re-
crossed the Santee, and resumed his position at the Hills.
Feeble as his army had ever been, it was now destined
to become still more so. His militia soon left him. Of
the North Carolinians, but one hundred remained, and
their term of service was near expiring. Marion, Pickens
and Hampton, with the South Carolina militia, were ne-
cessarily detached to cover the country ; and with the
continentals alone, he had to discharge all the painful
and fatiguing services required by six hundred wounded,
half of whom were prisoners. Exposure in the swamps,
at a sickly season of the year, had brought upon his army
the diseases of the climate ; and without medicine, or
comforts of any kind, the whole camp exhibited a scene
of the utmost misery and destitution. Numbers of brave
fellows perished in a condition of wretchedness, only
surpassed by such as distinguished the plague hospitals
of the east. Ten days after the battle of Eutaw, the
American general would have found it impossible to
muster at head quarters, a thousand men fit for action.