Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription CHAPTER XXVII.
The military events of this period were rapidly draw-
ing to a close. They involved no affairs of leading
importance. Early in April, Marion re-crossed the San-
tee river, with a small'force of two hundred militia and
Mayhem's horse, reduced to one hundred and twenty.
It was general Greene's wish that he should take post as
near as possible to the enemy, in order to str _iighten
his limits beyond Cooper river, and to enable colonel
Laurens to pass the Ashley, and close upon the enemy
between the latter river and Goose Creek. But not
being able to mount his infantry, it became necessary to
take post on the Santee, at a point which would enable
him to effect the double purpose of securing a retreat,
and forming a junction with any party when necessary,
either at Huger's bridge, over the west branch of Cooper
river, from which he was twenty miles distant, or at
Strawberry ferry, which was twenty-five from his posi-
tion. His cavalry, meanwhile, patrolled the country
within view of the enemy's posts at Haddrell and
Hobcaw, to check the incursions of the British in that
quarter, and obtain the earliest intelligence of their move-
ments.
To relieve himself once more from a neighbor who
had always proved so troublesome, general Leslie
prevailed upon a Scotchman, under the feigned character
of a deserter, to penetrate the country into the settlements