Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
the Americans were killed or taken. They were no less
confounded at their bloodless victory, than was Marion
mortified at a defeat so shameful.
Marion's force thus dispersed, was, however, not an-
nihilated. This brave partisan possessed, in a singular
degree, the love and confidence of his countrymen, and
the men who followed him were generally of that elastic
temper which no reverses can subdue, and no defeat keep
inactive. Wherever he made his appearance known,
his recruits rapidly gathered around him ; and falling
back upon the Pedee, he collected the scattered fragments
of Horry's brigade, and withdrew, till better times, to the
Santee. The triumph of the enemy was but of short
duration. Colonel Thompson retired before a detach-
ment from Greene's army, under colonel Laurens, and
took post at Cainhoy, where he was too strongly posted
to apprehend any attack in his position from the American
Laurens returned beyond the Ashley, where Greene,
from want of resources of all kinds, troops, ammunition
and provisions, was compelled to remain comparatively
inactive. The subsistence of the southern army, for the
last eighteen months of the war, had been derived
altogether from South Carolina. Even the detached
army under Wayne in Georgia, was supplied with pro-
visions from the sister state. Without regarding the
amount of her quota, South Carolina took it upon herself
to supply the troops ; and at the close of the war, she
was found to be the largest creditor state in the Union.
When it is considered how many years she had been
the seat of active and unremitting warfare, and how long