Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
to oppose them. It is reported that they have detached 2,000
men, to march towards Camden. We have no troops but
Gen. Caswell's brigade and Col. Beaufort's, and the shattered
remains of our horse. Col. Pickens will join us to-morrow,
with 300 men of the Ninety-Six regiment, the only one that
has turned out cleverly. But they come too late, and when
they hear the fate of the town I am afraid they will not stay
long. 1 foresee a retreat to North-Carolina."
Tarleton thus sums up the terms of capitulation alluded to
above :
" By the articles of capitulation, the garrison were allowed
some of the honours of war. They were to march out of
the town, at an hour appointed for the purpose, to the ground
between the works of the place and the canal, where they
were to deposit their arms ; but the drums were not to beat
a British march, [' we marched out with the Turk's march.'
Moultrie.] or the colours to be uncased. The continental
troops and seamen were to keep their baggage, and to remain
prisoners of war until they were exchanged. The militia
were to be permitted to return to their respective homes, as
prisoners on parole ; and, while they adhered to their parole,
were not to be molested by the British troops, in person or
property. The citizens, of all descriptions, to be considered
as prisoners on parole, and to hold their property on the same
terms with the militia. The officers of the army and navy to
retain their servants, swords, pistols and baggage, unsearched.
They were permitted to sell their horses, but not to remove
them out of Charleston."
It is not denied that they might shoot them ; but we do
not hear that any of the captives followed the example of Sir
Philip Sidney, who shot his horse, in France, when the Grand
Monarque insisted upon buying him. But what are we to
say of that exaction of the conqueror, which insisted upon
placing all the citizens, of whatever description, including
non-combatants, upon the same footing with the militia, pla-
cing them on parole, and holding them through their proper-