Wlliam Gilmore Simms
South-Carolina in the Revolutionary War >> South-Carolina in the Revolution >> Notes

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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
From these figures, the reader will note that in 1777, the British army, stationed in New England, (Rhode Island,) amounted only to 2,631 men. In March, 1778, the number was increased to 3,770 ; in June, it was further increased to 5,789 ; in November, same year, it was 5,740 ; in February, 1779, it was 5,642, in May, 5,644 ; in December, same year, it was nothing. In other words, the increase of British force was due to the presence of the French, not the Yankees ; the
118,000 never being sufficient in strength to expel this misera-
ble force of 5,000 mixed British and Waldeckers. From February, 1779, we find the British feeling their way South. There are 4,330 in February, in Georgia ; in May, (same year) 4,794 ; in December, it is reduced to 3,930 ; and in May, 1780, they appear in South-Carolina. This was when Charles-ton was taken ; and here we find them numbering 12,847 ;
twice as many as were in all New-England, during the three
years preceding. At the same period, there are in Georgia, 1,878. In December, 1780, after the supposed conquest of the State, the number still is 6,589 in South-Carolina ; after
Gates's defeat, (December, same year,) it is increased to 7,384 ; in May, 1781, it is 7,254 ; in September, it is again increased to 9,775 ; and in June, 1782, it is 6,973 ; showing,
at most periods, an average of one-third, or one-fourth, of the
whole force of the British in America.