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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
Transcription SOUTH-CAROLINA IN THE REVOLUTION. 37
Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, of whose presence Mr.
Sabine never says a syllable in his domestic array of fifteen
thousand men.
" The army was soon augmented," (says Sparks,) " by the
companies of riflemen from Virginia, &c. The companies
were filled up with surprising quickness, and, on their arrival
in camp, the number of several of them exceeded the prescribed
limit."
May we not write, after this, in the language of Mr. Sabine,
" the New Englanders, with a southern commander and army
to assist them, would not stay for the recapture of their own
capital, which they had already lost, without an effort, to the
enemy." Were we governed by the sort of temper, and the
sense of justice which governs him, we certainly could employ
no more qualified language.
But there is something more on this subject, which is quite
too good to be lost :
" When General Washington complained to Governor
Trumbull, of Connecticut, of the extraordinary conduct of the
Connecticut troops, the latter replied"
And the answer is a rich one, full of significance :
The pulse of a New England man beats high for liberty;
his engagements in the service he thinks purely voluntary;
therefore, when the time of enlistment is out, he thinks him-
self not holden without further enlistment. This was the
case in the last war. I greatly fear its operation amongst the
soldiers of the other colonies, as I am sensible this is the geni-
us and spirit of our people."
This jargon was an answer quite as significant as the eager
fury of the first rush of Connecticut into the field. But Sparks
provides a suggestion more to the point, and explains the
phrase " without further enlistment."" Another considera-
tion," says he, "had great weight, perhaps greater than all
the rest—the men expected a bounty."
In other words, these fire eating patriots, who rush half