Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
tion and thrown over the Sampit, to prevent the advance
of the British upon Georgetown. In this he succeeded ;
but it was utterly impossible to annoy them in their
movements up the South Santee, and upon those plantations
which they could plunder in safety, under the guns of
their gallies.
At their departure he once more returned across the
Santee, and took post at Watboo, as the return of the
enemy's fleet to Charlestown suggested the probability of
their attempting some similar enterprise upon another of
the rivers communicating with that city. Here a party
of his infantry drew upon themselves the attention of the
British.They believed the infantry to be isolated.
Knowing their cavalry to be with Marion, and ignorant
of the rapidity of his return, they supposed him to be
still at Georgetown. Major Frazier, at the head of
above one hundred British dragoons, advanced to surprise
this party. It was not without some uneasiness that
Marion prepared to receive the enemy. The greater
part of his force, at this time, consisted of what were
termed, in the language of that day, new made Whigs.
They were men originally tories, who, in consequence
of a judicious proclamation of governor Rutledge, which
offered pardon to all who would join the American forces
within a limited time, had deserted from the British.
But his uneasiness was misplaced. There could not
have been a description of men more deeply interested
in securing themselves against the British sabres. Not
one of them, if taken, would have escaped military
execution. Instead, therefore, of surprising the Americans,
Frazier found them drawn out and ready to receive him.