Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
troops from the north, though they speak with literal accuracy, they speak loosely—implying only the States north of South-Carolina ; and to those familiar with the organization of the army in the revolution, for the defence of the several sections, there can be no difficulty. The southern army was chiefly composed of contingents drawn from Virginia, Maryland, North-Carolina, South-Carolina and Georgia. A small, but excellent body of troops, were added from Delaware; and, towards the close of the war, when there were no further apprehensions from the enemy in the north, and when, in fact, the fighting had entirely ceased in the south, General Greene procured an auxiliary force from Pennsylvania, which proved very troublesome to him ; a number of them actually sold him to the enemy, and were only detected in season to prevent his intended delivery. It will be difficult, we think, for Mr. Sabine, to find any proof that even so many as twelve New England whigs, ever appeared as soldiers in,Carolina. We got a few officers from New-England, some of whom we should have done much better without. The two most prominent of these, were General Lincoln and General Greene. Lincoln was, no doubt, a very worthy gentleman ; but he was slow and deficient in energy. His merits, as a military man were very ordinary. The great merit of Greene consisted in his coolness and tenacity of purpose. His caution, which was large, like that of Washington, while it enabled him to keep his army from mishap, as frequently tended to impair the value of his successes,—and we find him, accordingly, almost invariably allowing the trophies of victory to be snatched from his grasp in the very moment when he has her in his embrace. To the services of this gentleman, the south is, nevertheless, consider-ably indebted. She has shown no disposition to avoid the debt. But she denies that, with either Lincoln, Gates or Greene, there came any forces from New-England to the South.