Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
there and every where, these intense patriots, rushing in every
quarter which promises them a chance of doing battle with
the oppressor, and leaving their monumental names upon
every field made sacred by valour in all the States and terri-
tories of the Union I And this easy mode of acquiring
fame, and making records, is but too likely to be successful,
when we find the histories of the country emanating, in so
many forms, chiefly from New-England hands ;—their wri-
ters, anxious, like Mr. Sabine, with a laudable regard to the
" local habitation," to shoulder it with all the glory which
may be appropriated from other regions ;—which, not mor-
bidly eager after such objects, betray rather too decided an
indifference to what is really proper and legitimate in the
ambition of a community.
We leave it to the other States of the South to assert the
truth in their several cases, and for their own defence. We
shall confine ourselves wholly to South-Carolina. We think it
fortunate that we can relieve any anxiety which Mr. Sabine
might feel, lest, in his grasping anxiety to establish for his
parish, the sole glory of the revolution, he might covet and
appropriate some that may properly belong elsewhere. We
beg leave to assure him, then, that, so far as the battle fields
of South-Carolina are concerned, Neap-England contributed
just no soldiers at all. u'e never saw a dozen. of her whole
hundred and eighteen thousand. They never crossed the
Potomac in our behalf. A corporal's guard would cover her
entire contributions of men, rank and file, to the glorious
and bloody fields of revolutionary debate within our limits.
The battles of the South generally, and of South-Carolina
wholly, were fought by Southern troops exclusively,—includ-
ing a.small contingent which came from Delaware ; and we
have the farther assurance to make, that these battles were
fought by thousands who never dreamed of the pay list,