Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 290THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
and drew upon the savages another chastisement, such as
had already more than once thinned their warriors, de-
stroyed their villages, and diminished their hunting
grounds.
The daily extension of general Greene's troops to
the southward and eastward, and the contraction of his
cordon around the land limits of the British, soon began
to be felt by general Leslie, their commander. His
foraging ground became too small to yield a subsistence
to the large numbers of horses which had accumulated
within his lines, in consequence of his calling in his
detachments, and he was reduced to the necessity, in
order to relieve himself of this difficulty, of putting two
hundred of these animals to death.
An alarm excited in the American camp, on the ru-
mored approach of the enemy with strong re-inforcements,
led to an order to Marion to repair to head quarters with
all the force that he could gather. This command was
promptly obeyed ; but a detachment of mounted infantry
was left at Monk's Corner, to watch the motions of the en-
emy, who, by means of Cooper river, had free access in
their boats and gallies, to that neighborhood. To destroy
this detachment in Marion's absence, a force of three
hundred and fifty men were transported by water from
Charlestown. The sudden return of Marion, with all his
brigade, from the camp of Greene´┐Żan event quite unex-
pected by the enemy enabled him partly to defeat their
enterprise. His force did not equal that which was ar-
rayed against him, but he nevertheless resolved upon
attacking it. In order to detain the enemy, he dispatched
colonels Richardson and Sevier, and a part of Mayhem's