Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.283
of the returning tide should cut off its retreat. The op-
portunity was thus lost of cutting off, by complete sur-
prise, a force of five hundred of the enemy.
But the object could not be relinquished, and Greene
ordered a boat on wagons from the Edisto, determined
on forcing his passage to the island. The artillery
was then brought to bear upon the gallies, and drove
them from their stations ; while Laurens, passing the
"cut," penetrated to the encampment of the enemy.
But the latter did not wait for the assault. 'The alarm
occasioned by the narrow escape of the morning, convin-
ced him of the insecurity of his position ; and taking
counsel from his apprehensions rather than his valor,
major Craig had already commenced his flight, in antici-
pation of the attack. A few prisoners only rewarded
the rapidity of Laurens' movements ; but the main object
of Greene was attained, and without loss. This event
completed the security of Jacksonborough, and left the
government of the state, assembled within its walls, free
in the unrestrained and fearless execution of the arduous
and solemn duties devolving upon its hands.
The assembly met and formed a quorum on the day for
which the members were summoned. The proclamation
of the governor precluded all persons from suffrage and
membership who had placed themselves under British
protection, or were in any manner obnoxious to popular
odium or suspicion. None but true and tried men were
present, and these were mostly veterans�the brave men
who had sustained the conflict with unremitting valor and
unfailing fortitude from the beginning. But very few were
present who had not drawn their weapons in the strife;
and many appeared on this occasion, clad in armor, who