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Chapter 24: The southern campaign. Greene in South Carolina. 1781. on the seventh of April, Cornwallis brought the Chap. XXIV.} 1781. April 7. relics of his army to Wilmington, where a party sent by his orders from Charleston awaited him. He could not move by land towards Camden without exposing his troops to the greatest chances of being lost. Cornwallis to Phillips, and Cornwallis to Clinton, 4 April, 1781. He should have sped to Charleston by water, to retain possession of South Carolina; but such a movement would have published to the world that all his long marches and victories had led only to disgrace. A subordinate general, sure of the favor and approval of Germain, he forced his plans on his commander-in-chief, Cornwallis to Clinton, Wilmington, 10 April, 1781, in Washington's Writings, VII. 458. to whom he wrote: I cannot help expressing my wishes that the Chesapeake may become the seat of war, even, if necessary, at the expense of abandoning New York.
French were compelled to return to Newport, while Arbuthnot entered the Chesapeake. On the twenty-sixth of March, General Phillips, 26. who brought from New York a re-enforcement of two thousand picked men, took the command in Virginia. All the . Then, by a forced march of two hundred miles, he arrived at Richmond on the twenty-ninth of April, the evening before Phillips 29. reached the opposite bank of the river. Having Chap. XXV.} 1781. April 29. in the night been joined by Steuben wraises of the activity of Cornwallis, sent another considerable detachment to Virginia. On the thirteenth of May, General Phillips died May 13. of malignant fever. Arnold, on whom the command devolved, though only for seven days, addressed a lete surveys, reported unanimously, that a work on Point Comfort would not secure ships at anchor in Hampton roads. To General Phillips on his embarkation in April, Clinton's words had been: With regard to a station for the protection of the king's shi