Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.305
after they had moved off, major Conyers arrived with his
horse and went instantly in pursuit. But major Frazier
had by this time formed a junction with a detachment
of infantry which had advanced to his support ; and
without ammunition, Marion was forced to retire once
more toward the Santee. Greene, with half his army
on the sick list, could give him no succor. Gist was
employed upon the Combahee, in protecting that river
from the foraging parties of the enemy ; and partial,
indeed, would have been the securities of the American
army, were it not that the troops of the British in
Charlestown, and the vicinity, were in not much better
condition.
But events were approaching´┐Żbrought about by the
steady adherence of the Americans to their resolution of
independence, in spite of privation, danger and every
form of suffering´┐Żwhich were at length calculated to give
them relief from present evils, and a triumphant solace
for all the past. Early in September, Sir Samuel Hood
arrived, with a convoying fleet, to cover the evacuation
of the British from Charlestown. Major Frazier was
recalled to the city, and Marion resumed his station at
Watboo. The light brigade, under general Gist, took a
position, soon after it was formed, in advance of the army
near the Stono. Colonel Laurens, who had been charged
with conducting the intercourse with the corps of intelli-
gence in Charleston, had a guard assigned him, and placed
himself without the pickets of the brigade and near to
Wappoo Creek.
When general Gist was ordered to the southward, to
protect the country on the Combahee from the foraging