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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
" Yet, did 6,660 whig soldiers exhaust the resources of
South-Carolina ?"
It is to be kept in mind that this was the whole number of
South-Carolinians that were put upon the pay list. It will
probably be allowed that we had this number in the field, at
least. If so, then it is clear that, if we furnished few, we got
pay for no more than we furnished. On this point, some-
thing may be said hereafter. To answer the question of Mr.
Sabine. We shall do so as briefly as possible, though it
may seem that our responses are circuitously given. It is
sufficient, then, to say, that, whether many or few, the troops
of South-Carolina, single-handed, drove away the first British
fleet and army—that of Sir Peter Parker—that came against
her, in one of the most bloody battles of the revolution. Tier
troops were next employed for the defence of Georgia, and
suffered terribly in the endeavour to storm the redoubts of
Savannah, united with the French, under the Marquis D'Es-
taing. They invaded Florida—they traversed Georgia
fighting her battles as well as their own—and, for a long
time, the province of South-Carolina had to support both
provinces and keep off the invader. When Charleston finally
fell into the hands of the British, she lost more than three
thousand of her troops by captivity. Believing the State
overcome—for, with all these 118,000 patriotic New-England-
ers, Washington did not dare to detail a sufficient force from
his own army to the assistance of the suffering State—one
thousand South-Carolinians, (forming a splendid addition to
the regular army of the North,) joined it, and were accepted
and reviewed by General Arnold, then in command at Phi-
ladelphia. Subsequently, the Carolinians who remained at
home, were engaged in a constant succession of conflicts,
carried on at the same moment with the foreign invader, and
a strong and vindictive domestic faction, which, though resi-