Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.315
The army, seemingly abandoned by congress, and
having got from South Carolina all that she was able to
give, proceeded to collect its food at the point of the bay-
onet. The state authorities became alarmed and angry ;
and their resolution to prevent the exercise of any
farther purveyance, increased the rage and suffering of
the starving soldiery. General Gist, who was in com-
mand at James' island, could no longer restrain his men.
The cavalry at the Eutaw broke out into actual mutiny,
and were brought back to their duty only by the eloquent
entreaties and reproaches of their commander. To such
a height did the discontents arise, that general Greene,
on one occasion, was compelled to select and draw out in
order of battle, from the sound parts of his army, a suf-
ficient force to keep the rest in subjection. The tidings of
peace, as they led to the disbanding of the army, relieved
the fears of the country, and in some degree, the sufferings
of the soldier. He could now return to those homes and
happy anticipations, from which the calls of his country
had so long withdrawn him. He had reason to rejoice in
the beams of peace, though it is feared that thousands who
survived the strife, received but a small share of the bless-
ings for which they strove in war. A tardy justice on
the part of the nation, has sought to compensate them for
their wounds and sufferings ; but the consciousness of
their desert has been, perhaps, their greatest and best
reward.
Provisional articles of peace were signed at Paris, on
the 13th of November, 1782, by which the king of Great
Britain acknowledged "the United States of New Hamp-
shire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New