Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
of hostilities, and that he should be permitted to receive
and purchase from the planters such supplies as he
might need or desire.
Greene referred the first proposition to congress ; to
the second he gave a flat refusal, declaring his resolution
to prevent all supplies from going into Charleston, except
so far as his contracts for clothing made it necessary.
To this refusal, Leslie replied by a threat of taking his
provisions by force, and commenced his operations for
that purpose. Greene, accordingly, prepared to oppose
him. Marion was ordered to strengthen himself, so as to
meet the enemy in the quarter where he commanded ;
while a strong detachment was formed, under general
Gist, to cover the country lying south and west of the
position of the army. Gist's brigade comprised the
cavalry of the legion, and that of the third and fourth
Virginia regiments, under colonel Baylor ; the infantry
of the legion ; the dismounted dragoons of the third
regiment ; the Delawares, and one hundred men from the
line, under major Beale. The whole of the infantry was
placed under command of colonel Laurens. Thus pre-
pared for all events, Greene flattered himself that he should
be able to neutralize the efforts of Leslie, and laugh at
his threatenings. Some glimpses at this time, of a gentler
influence than that of war, began to prevail in the Amer-
ican camp.
The arrival of general Greene's wife, who joined her
husband on the 28th of March, contributed to enliven the
monotony of an army in a state of inactivity. The
presence of the Americans in force, necessarily brought
back the planters and their families, who dwelt in the'