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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
Transcription 64 SOUTH-CAROLINA IN THE REVOLUTION.
mies. He will wonder, indeed, that, with a population so
really small, and greatly scattered, so much head should be
made for the good cause, and so many successes achieved by
the faithful. The writers of our country, ordinarily, have no
sort of idea of our settlements then :—of their fewness, isola-
tion and small resource—and rarely take into consideration
the important fact, that, with Georgia only newly established,
and, as yet, affording no barrier, South-Carolina, in the revo-
lution, was simply an agricultural border State, liable to be
overrun, at any moment, by a stealthy invader, taking advan-
tage, as the British did, of a long train of circumstances, by
which, including the disastrous affair of Savannah, the surprise
of Colonel Ashe, and other events, her regular troops had been
dissipated and destroyed, leaving her remaining forces of mi-
litia yet to be gathered, from remote settlements, and to be
trained by inexperienced captains. Without money, and un-
supported by Congress, it was not possible to draw these to a
proper head, in season, for the encounter with Sir Henry Clin-
ton. But this hereafter. Enough here to repeat, that the
closing struggles of the war were in South-Carolina wholly,
and in South-Carolina in particular; that the bloody frequency
of her battle-fields would show the superior earnestness with
which they were fought ; that the final events made the most
fearful impression, and that the war carried its sting in its tail.
The venom and virulence of the conflict were reserved for the
last acts of this long drama, and they took place almost
wholly in South-Carolina, where the last blood of the war was
shed.
"Amongst her citizens," says our author, " the disinclina-
tion to sever from the mother country was stronger, the spread
of republican principles more limited, and the march of revo-
lution slower, than in either of the other colonies, except, per-
haps, in the neighbour State of Georgia, where," etc.
This is a singular mixture of truth and error. So far from