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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
Transcription 152 SOUTH-CAROLINA IN ME TEVOLUTIOS.
march from Georgetown on Thursday evening, with the
cavalry, and to take 300 foot from Col. Beaufort, of the Vir-
ginia, to endeavour to surprise a body of the enemy at Warn-
baw. The agreement was made with Col. Beaufort. Col.
White crossed the river, but did not meet with the infantry ;
on the contrary, received a note from Col. Beaufort, that he
could not send them, and wishing him success. Upon this,
Col. White determined, nevertheless, to go near the enemy,
as they might fall in with some of their parties. He went
as far as Elias Ball's, at Wambaw, and took one officer and
thirteen privates, and then retreated towards Lanneau's Ferry,
at which place, he says, the enemy came so suddenly upon
him as occasioned a complete rout. The enemy also reco-
vered their prisoners. Our loss is one major of brigade,
Medows, (?) one captain, and about twenty men ; but the
greatest is 50 or 60 horses. It seems, Col. White had ordered
one-half of the horses to be fed, whilst the other half should
cover them ; but they had their bridles out of their mouths,
and some people say many of the horses were not saddled.
Col. lIorry's regiment crossed at Dupuy's, safe. Upon the
whole, it is an unlucky affair. * The enemy
certainly behaved very ill at Mepkin—broke open every
trunk, and carried off every thing they could without a cart,
took from poor Roderick what little money he had, his watch,
shirt, stockings, and even the shoes from his wife's feet. At
the widow Broughton's, they also plundered every thing
belonging to her and Col. Isaac Motte's wife—took even all
the children's clothing. Mrs. Motte took a little baby into
her lap and begged to have its clothes ; to which they re-
plied, ` they wished they had the father—they would rip out
his d—d rebel heart.' Col. Motte has lost everything he had,
except a few negroes that are left. Col. M. is with us
he bears his misfortunes with great fortitude. I am sorry to
inform you that — piloted the enemy to Lanneau's,
and was very busy. Ile spoke in a very improper manner to
young Screven, a cousin of his, who was a volunteer with
Col. White, was wounded and taken prisoner, but made his
escape."
This letter affords us a sufficient idea of that want of co-