Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
property from the country. These terms the tories
were very ready to accept. They saw that they were
about to be abandoned by the British, and yielded with
the best grace to the necessity that pressed upon them.
This insurrection had scarcely been quelled before the
partisan was summoned back to his former position.
His absence had left the British at liberty to renew their
depredations between Cooper and Santee rivers ; and his
infantry, under colonel Ashby, had been compelled to
retire before a superior foe. He was joined on his route
by a newly raised corps, under major Conyers, and but
for this timely aid, must have reached his position alone,
for the rapidity of his movements had broken down the
corps of Mayhem, which he left behind him to recruit.
At Murray's ferry he halted to collect his militia and await
the arrival of his weary cavalry. Here he consolidated
the two commands of Mayhem and Conyers, and about
the middle of July, re-crossed the Santee, at the head of
a respectable body of horse and about three hundred dis-
mounted infantry. With these he took post on the Wassam-
asaw, but had scarcely done so, before he was compelled,
by the movements of general Leslie, to move immediately
to Georgetown, against which place it was apprehended
that a numerous fleet of small vessels, convoyed by gal-
lies and armed brigs, and conveying eight hundred men,
which issued late in July from Charlestown, was intended
to operate. To this place he hurried with his usual
speed and spirit ; but the enterprise of the en emy was di-
rected to another point, and he succeeded in s weeping
from the banks of the Santee more than six hundred bar-
rels of rice. Again was the force of Marion set in mo-