Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
under many difficulties, are deserving of great applause,
harassed and often defeated large parties ; but the num-
bers of these militia were too few to contend effectually
with the collected strength of the enemy. Regardless,
therefore, of the sacred ties of honor, destitute of the
feelings of humanity, and determined to extinguish, if
possible, every spark of freedom in this country, they,
with the insolent pride of conquerors, gave unbounded
scope to the exercise of their tyrannical dispositions, in-
fringed their public engagements, and violated the most
solemn capitulations. Many of our worthiest citizens
were, without cause, long and closely confined, some on
board of prison ships, and others in the town and castle of
St. Augustine ; their properties disposed of at the will
and caprice of the enemy, and their families sent to a
different and distant part of the continent, without the
means of support. Many who had surrendered as pris-
oners of war were killed in cold blood ; several suffered
death in the most ignominious manner, and others were
delivered up to savages, and put to tortures under which
they expired.
Thus the lives, liberties, and properties of the peo-
ple, were dependent solely on the pleasure of British
officers, who deprived them of either, or all, on the most
frivolous pretences. Indians, slaves, and a desperate
banditti, of the most profligate character, were caressed
and employed by the enemy to execute their infamous
purposes. Devastation and ruin marked their progress
and that of their adherents ; nor were their violences
restrained by the charms or influence of beauty and inno-
cence. Even the fair sex, whom it is the duty of all,