Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
session, as the enemy's rear guard retired ; the former
pledging themselves to forbear all hostile attempts upon
the movements of the British, on condition that they
should do no injury to the city. On Saturday, the 14th
of December, 1782, this event took place. The morning
gun was the signal for the British rear guard to abandon
their advanced redoubts. General Wayne, at the head
of three hundred infantry, the cavalry of the legion, a
detachment of artillery with two six pounders, having
been detached from the American army, had crossed
Ashley river the night before, and was stationed in read-
iness to follow the enemy's movements. At the sound
of the morning gun the two parties were put in motion,
at an assigned distance asunder of two hundred yards.
They moved down the King street road, till they had
passed the lines, when the British filed off to Gadsden's
wharf, where they embarked in boats which awaited
" It was a grand and pleasing sight," says general
Moultrie in his memoirs, "to see the enemy's fleet, up-
wards of three hundred sail, lying at anchor from Fort
Johnson to Five Fathom Hole, in a curve line, as the
current runs ; and what made it more agreeable, they
were ready to depart."
The reluctance of the one party to leave, and the
impatience of the other to succeed them in the posses-
sion of the city, led the British, now and then, during
the march, to cry aloud to general Wayne that he was
pressing too rapidly upon them. On such occasions the
halt imposed upon the Americans was a short trial of
their patience. Well might the Carolinians be impatient