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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
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28 SOUTH-CAROLINA IN THE REVOLUTION.
New-England troops. The militia laws called them out for a
three months' service only. It is the complaint of Washing-
ton, that their whole time is consumed in marching to camp,
drawing their rations, and marching back again. During the
first three years of the war, when the States were all in their
beAt condition, and while New-England itself was in the dan-
ger of the invaders, they were necessarily kept somewhat
uneasy ; but even then, their exhibition of force, in actual array upon the field, was miserably mean, as we read the
history, in comparison with this magnificent show upon the
pay and pension list. _BAs soon as the enemy disappeared
from the New-England territories—though the war originated
with them, and was chiefly vital to them—they sent forth no
soldiers. The tide of battle rolling southwardly, left them in
a condition of comparative security, and their patriotism was
then of a sort to enable them to snap their fingers at the
distresses of the Southern people ;—it is certain that they
snapt nothing more potent in the ears of either friends or
enemies. The South was left to do its own fighting, as it
could, with such forces only, as could be drawn from hurried
conscriptions in Virginia, Georgia, and the two Carolinas.
South-Carolina became the great battle field for the contro-
versy, during the next three years ; and, if the fields might be
allowed to speak for themselves, we should say that we cer-
tainly needed no better proof in behalf of the spirit and the
tenacity with which South-Carolina maintained her principles
and position. But these fields are begrudged us. They
sound quite too nobly in our history to suffer New-England
to be silent on her claims, and are, in fact, the true motives
for that loving labour which seeks to prove, at this day, our
short-comings in the day that tried men's souls. Mr. Sabine
proceeds categorically.