Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
General Gist pursued the British with all diligence to
Port Royal ferry, where he found two of their gallies.
Having opened a field piece upon them, he soon compelled
them to slip their cables and attempt to make off. In this
attempt one of them, the Balfour, of two double nines,
ran aground, and was abandoned by her crew. They
spiked her guns and scuttled her before their departure ;
but their work was performed with too much hurry to be
effectual. She was easily repaired, and under the com-
mand of lieutenant Adams, with a picked crew of twenty-
five men, did excellent service afterwards in defending
these waters from the picaroons which at that time infested
Gist rejoined the main army after the expulsion of the
British from Beaufort, and his brigade, from this period
to the close of the war, remained inactive ; and the same
may almost be said of the entire army, with very few
and unimportant exceptions. The British had retired
under the guns of their redoubts, and no longer sought
occasions for conflict. Their operations were confined
chiefly to the collection of cattle and provisions for their
contemplated voyage. The Americans traversed the
Neck in the face of their fortifications, and Kosciusko,
the famous Polish exile, who had succeeded to colonel
Laurens in the command of the advanced light troops
before the enemy's lines, still farther abated their desire
for adventure by the audacity of his frequent approaches.
The last blood shed in the American war was that of
captain Wilmot, of the Americans, who, with a small
command, continued to cover John's island, and watch
the passage by the Stono. Impatience of inactivity and