Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 310THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
a love of adventure, led him frequently to cross the river
and harass the enemy's parties on John's island. In
one of these excursions, undertaken in conjunction with
Kosciusko, against a party of the British woodcutters, he
fell into an ambuscade and was killed.
Meanwhile, general Leslie was pressing his prepara-
tions for the final evacuation of Charlestown. Greatly
constrained and distressed in that limited position by the
cordon, which, in spite of all his weakness, the American
general had contrived to maintain around his foe, Leslie
adopted a series of providential measures which some-
what lightened his embarrassments. He relieved him-
self of great numbers of unnecessary consumers in the
garrison, by suffering the loyalists to leave his camp and
make their peace with their countrymen´┐Ża privilege
of which hundreds readily availed themselves. Another
measure, of equally good policy, was his expulsion from
the city of all those who were alledged to favor the Amer-
ican cause. This measure was ingeniously calculated
to furnish a pretext to many, who, having neglected to
avail themselves of the benefits of the governor's proc-
lamation, were necessarily dependent only on the mercy
of the country. The harsh command of expulsion from
the British camp, seemed to give them some claim to the
indulgence of their countrymen.
Having levelled the walls of the town, and of Fort
Johnson, the British commander opened a communication
with general Greene, apprising him of the intended evac-
uation, and proposing terms in order that his departure
might be a peaceable one. An arrangement accordingly
followed, by which the Americans were to take pos-