Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription CHAPTER XXVI.
Driven in from all their outposts, the British were con-
fined in their operations, to the city, the Neck, and the
neighboring islands. The object of general Greene, and
all that he could effect, in the thin and unprovided con-
dition of his army, was attained ; and governor Rutledge
convened the legislature of the stale at Jacksonborough,
a little village on the Edisto river, about twenty miles
from the sea, and thirty-five from the city of Charlestown.
This event, which once more restored the forms of civil
government to the state, after an interregnum of nearly
two years, took place in January, 1782. It was origi-
nally arranged by the governor and common council, to
convene it at Camden ; but general Greene, after his
excursion to Dorchester, having reconnoitered the coun-
try between the Edisto and Ashley, and found it possessed
of sufficient military advantages to admit of his covering
Jacksonborough with his little army from danger and
insult, warmly recommended the adoption of the latter
place in preference to all others for the assembling of the
delegates ; since the re-establishment of the civil au-
thority so near the British garrison, would, more conclu-
sively than any other event, short of the absolute expul-
sion of the foe, confirm the evidence of a complete recov-
ery of the state. The army, in the meantime, took post
at the plantation of colonel Skirving, six miles below
Jacksonborough, and on the road leading to Charlestown.