Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
stand out, almost alone, in some of the fields of our national
effort--unexampled and almost unequalled--the partisan war-
fare for instance ;--as if the very existence of these chiefs did
not necessarily imply a large, devoted and faithful array of
followers. " One bird does not make the summer, nor one
feather the bed," truly, but, in the employment of these musty
proverbs, it might be just as well to give us due credit for all
our birds and feathers. Yet, if with our few, we achieve so
wondrously--fix the character of the State--give the direction
to its power--place it in the first rank of States, and furnish
many of the names from which the nation derives its highest
reputation--this, too, in the face of such a civil war as no
other State in the Confederacy had to contend with,--we ar-
gue from it a higher renown---we claim for it a more unquali-
fied eulogy--than can possibly be due to those States, who,
without being able to show a greater or nobler list of great
men and great deeds, were yet free from the disabilities arising
from such great difficulties, as embarrassed the action of
South-Carolina. But there are yet other grounds, still higher,
upon which to rest the claims of South-Carolina, to that lofty
station, which her public men may safely assert for her at any
In an argument of this description, and in relation to this
history, it is important that we should look to the degree of
patriotism which prompted the first movements of the several
colonies ; and this patriotism is determinable, not merely by
the show of resolution, and the efforts at resistance which are
made, but by the absence of base and selfish interests as fur-
nishing the impelling motive. If, in addition to the facts that
South-Carolina was one of the first of the colonies to move in
support of New England--that she was one of the most frank
and fearless--and that she was one of the greatest sufferers,
by the war, of all the colonies—we show, at the same time,