Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.291
horse, with orders to throw themselves in front of the
British, and engage them until he should come up with
the main body. The order was gallantly executed.
The British advance was charged and driven near St.
Thomas' muster house, by captain Smith, of Mayhem's
cavalry, and their leader, captain Campbell, with several
others, fell in the flight. Unhappily, the pursuit was
urged too warmly. The pursuers were met by captain
Coffin, who, at the head of his cavalry, charged and dis-
persed them in turn. This event left Marion too weak
to hazard an engagement, while the enemy were very well
content to continue their march without attempting to
force him to it.
The British expedition, by the timely interposition of
Marion's force, resulted in nothing more than their cap-
ture of a small number of cattle, with which they retired
across Wappetaw to Haddrill's Point, where, and at
Hobcaw, they had established posts to facilitate the
movements of strong parties which were continually alert
in procuring provisions, the want of which began to be
felt in the garrison.
The brigade of Marion had always been one of the
most efficient in the service, at once remarkable for the
vigilance and the valor of its officers and men. Unhap-
pily, however, a question of precedence with respect to
rank, arose between two of the former, both of them highly
distinguished as leaders, and particularly steemed by
their commander. These were colonels Horry and
Mayhem. During the absence of Marion, in attendance
upon the legislature, the command was given to Horry ;
upon which preference a preference clue to the seniority