Wlliam Gilmore Simms
South-Carolina in the Revolutionary War >> II. >> Page 69

image of pageExplore Inside

Page 69

Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
the progress of republicanism and revolution was slower in
South-Carolina than in her sister colonies ; nay, we assert that
it was more rapid than in most, and laboured only with this
difficulty, that the physical strength of the State bore no sort
of proportion to its sentiment, its spirit, and its zeal. South-
Carolina has been subjected to a trial, both by friends and
foes, which took for its tests rather her spirit than her strength.
Had justice been done to both, respectively, she would have
been succoured seasonably by Congress, and might have been
spared a thousand miseries and losses, which are properly due
to a selfish influence ; which, monopolizing for a single sec-
tion most of the resources of the country, has since added to
the abandonment of another, the base and false disparage-
ment of its claims, merits and sacrifices. All this history,
North and South, has yet to be written ; when it will be seen
that, if the soldier of the South does not survive on the pen-
sion list, it was because he perished' in the field, or in a cap-
tivity which the pensioner, well versed in the cautionary max-
ims of Falstaff and Hudibras, took precious good care to
avoid. The sage military counsel,
" He who runs away Will live to fight some other day,"
needs only a little revision, to suit this large class of revolu-
tionary warriors ; and we may amend it thus,
He who runs away, Feeds fat on pensions many a day."
But he don't feed to fight. Witness the war of 1812 and the
recent one with Mexico,- where, still governed, as it would
seem, by the well-conned and profitable maxim, they eschewed
all of the war—but the spoils. Compare the number of New-
Englanders in the war with Mexico,with those who pushed for
California when it was well over, and you have just about the
proportion between the true fighting men and the simulacra—