Wlliam Gilmore Simms
South-Carolina in the Revolutionary War >> III. >> Page 171

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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
Connecticut and Carolina, he will be pleased to bring toge-
ther the array of circumstances in which their cases respec-
tively disagreed. He will be so good as to remember that
the ardour of Connecticut, shown at the beginning of the
revolution, was scarcely superior to that of Carolina at the
same time ; and that the fall of Charleston only took place
after years of bloody and harassing warfare, when the regi-
ments of Carolina had been cut up by repeated conflicts,
chiefly on the soil of neighbouring States, and when pesti-
lence of the most fearful kind stood at the entrance of her
habitations, threatening away the very champions who would
otherwise have rejoiced in her defence. No such condition
of things attended the first demonstration of Connecticut
patriotism, to which Mr. Sabine invites our attention. She
was fresh for the conflict—had not suffered yet from the ex-
haustion and the ravages of war. Warfare was commended
by novelty, and patriotism was somewhat warmed by physical
-excitement. The leaguer of Boston was one which secured
a plenty of provisions, and involved no hard fighting; and the
only circumstance that drove away the patriotic legions of
Connecticut, seems to have been the result of a certain cos-
tiveness on the part of Congress, which had declared
against bounties." We must not forget the metaphysics of
Gov. Trumbull : " The pulse of a New-England man beats
high for liberty," but, as Sparks hays, " a soldier's pay did
not satisfy them, as they could obtain better wages in other
employments." Fancy, as an echo to all this, the dulcet
voice of Lorenzo Sabine, crying ever and anon,—all New-
England listening with complaisance,—" but the patriotism,
Gov. Trumbull—the patriotism, Mr. Sparks 1 Don't forget
that Stark hurried stark-naked to the field ; and Putnam
went without his jacket." But Stark was made a general,
and Putnam a general ; and the pay of lumber-cutter Stark,