Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 272THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
The advance of the British to the Eutaws, did not
result on their part in any increase of vigor or activity.
Its command had devolved upon a major Doyle, during
the illness of colonel Stewart, who was suffering from a
wound received at Eutaw. This officer , took post at
Fludd's plantation, three miles above Nelson's ferry.
His army, recruited from the British and loyalist forces
in Charlestown, was still more than two thousand men,
not including a body of three hundred, stationed at Fair-
lawn, under major McArthur. This force, so superior to
that of Greene, gave to the enemy the undivided command
of the country to the south of the Santee and Congaree,
and westward to the Edisto.
But this superiority was not of long continuance.
The diligence of Greene and his officers, and the
patriotism of the soldiers, served to sustain them in
their position, amidst every form of privation and suffer-
ing, and gradually to restore their strength. The army
was recruited by colonels Shelby and Sevier, with five
hundred men, and the infantry received an accession
of one hundred and sixty recruits from North Caro-
lina. The artillery destroyed in the battle of Eutaw,
had been replaced from Virginia ; the wounded survi-
vors had been recovered, and the cavalry, that most
essential part of an army in a level and thinly settled
country, was rapidly accumulating under the several
commands of Sumter, Marion, Horry, Mayhem and
others. In two months from the battle of Eutaw, the
American general was in a capacity to act. Marion,
having under him Sevier, Shelby, Horry and Mayhem,
with their respective divisions, was ordered to operate