Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
to behold those dear homes from which they had been so
long exiled. Wayne moved forward, and halted on the
south side of Broad street, nearly opposite to Church. In
the rear of the American advance, came the governor of
the state, attended by general Greene and escorted by two
hundred cavalry. His council, and long troops of officers
and citizens, followed on horseback. Smiling faces and
joyful voices saluted the deliverers as they came. The
balconies and windows were crowded with the aged men,
the women and the children, who, for nearly three years,
had wept with apprehension and sorrow the absence
and the loss of dear sons, affectionate brothers and warm
friends. Their tears now were those only of joy and of
triumph. " God bless you, gentlemen ; God bless you,
and welcome, welcome home."
Such were the sweet words which hailed the long
banished citizens, and the long suffering soldiery of
Greene. In tears, in silence, and on bended knees, the
full hearts of the rescued citizens found utterance that
blessed day. The state was at last free from the defiling
presence of the invader, never, we trust, to suffer again
from his painful scourge and humiliating arrogance and
footstep !