Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
vigilance of colonel Harmer, furnished the evidence for
fastening the crime upon one Gornell, their leader. His
arrest, and that of four other sergeants, was the signal
for the flight of twelve of the same line, who broke away
and escaped to the enemy on the very night on which he
was taken. The plot had been rapidly ripening. Symp-
toms of mutiny had appeared in the American camp, and
the movements in that of the enemy were conclusive
of a scheme of simultaneous operation between the foe
and the insurgents. The American commander acted
with decision. His outposts were soon moved to head
quarters, Marion recalled from the Santee, and the army
held in constant readiness for battle. Gornell, the ring-
leader of the mutineers, was tried and condemned ; and
with his execution, and the close confinement of his four
confederates, every appearance of mutinous temper ceased
in the encampment.
With this attempt terminated all serious efforts of the
British against the main body of the southern army. The
day of their power was rapidly passing away ; and the
resolution of the British parliament, to withdraw their
forces from America, and put an end to a war in which
they had lost an empire, and incurred, with the shame of
such a loss, the worse reproach of having in the progress
of the warfare lost their reputation for justice, magna-
nimity, and the noblest qualities of a civilized and chris-
tian people, prepared the way for the evacuation of
When the vote of the British parliament for discontin-
uing aggressive war in America, was communicated to
general Leslie, he proposed to general Greene a cessation