Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.271
Meanwhile, intelligence reached the south that Corn-
wallis contemplated a return from Virginia to Carolina
by land. A movement of colonel Stewart, about this
time, seemed to confirm the truth of this intelligence.
That officer, having recruited his army by all the availa-
able troops which he could gather from below, and hav-
ing strengthened his cavalry until it became far superior
to that of the Americans, once more advanced to the
Eutaws. This movement served to drive the several
American detachments of Marion and Hampton across
the Santee ; and had the British continued their advance
with vigor, it is not improbable, in the reduced and mis-
erable condition of Greene's army, that they would have
regained the ground, if not the influence, which they had
lost in the late affair. But it was remarked that they no
longer acted with their ancient vigor. They had lost
the assurance of victory, which their first successes had
inspired, and which had made them confident. They
now exhibited a readiness to flee, on the first show of
danger, as much like, and as little creditable, as that
which had distinguished and disgraced the conduct of
the American militia, when taking their first lessons in
warfare.
The audacity which they had lost, seemed now to
be the characteristic of the Americans. The detach-
ments of the latter presented themselves before their
strong holds, taunted them by the boldest daring, but
failed to bring them forth. Mayhem, of Marion's brigade,
while, at a subsequent period, the British lay at Monk's
Corner, captured one of their posts and took eighty pris-
oners, in the face of their whole army.