Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
He dispatched Wayne with a detachment to Georgia ;
and this general, by a series of small but sharp engage-
ments, succeeded in circumscribing the movements of
the British in that state to the limits of Savannah, as
Greene, in South Carolina, had forced them within the
walls of Charlestown. The subsequent evacuation of
Savannah, filled the Carolinians with a lively hope that
their chief city would also soon be rescued from the
hands of the enemy. The British garrison at Savannah
was added to that of Charlestown ; while Wayne, having
completed the duties upon which he had been sent to
Georgia, re-united his division to the main army under
The successes of Greene's detachments operating on
his left, were not so brilliant as those of Wayne. The
brigade of Marion suffered some reverses, which were
due only to a want of strength. The country from
the Edisto to the Santee became thrown open in conse-
quence, for a time, to the ravages of the enemy ; and a
party of loyalists, under the command of William Cun-
ningham,�familiarly known by the epithet of " Bloody
Bill Cunningham," escaped from the lower country
and ascended the Saluda with a body of three hundred
This movement was made in concert with the Cherokee
Indians, and demanded all the vigilance of Pickens, who
held watch upon the borders. Rapid as was the progress
of this marauding party, their tracks were made every
where in blood. But the whig hunters turned out with
spirit, and under popular leaders the tories were routed
and dispersed. A portion of them fled to the Cherokees,