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e British, having intercepted a letter from Lincoln,—in which he charged Moultrie
Chap. XIII.} 1779. not to give up the city nor suffer the people to despair, for he was hastening to their relief,—escaped an encounter by retreating to the islands.
The Americans, for want of boats, could not prevent their embarkation, nor their establishing a post at Beaufort.
The Carolina militia returned to their homes; Lincoln, left with but about eight hundred men, passed the great heats of summer at Sheldon.
The invasion of South Carolina by the army of General Prevost proved nothing more than a raid through the richest plantations of the state.
The British forced their way into almost every house in a wide extent of country; sparing in some measure those who professed loyalty to the king, they rifled all others of their money, rings, personal ornaments and plate, stripped houses of furniture and linen, and even broke open tombs in search of hidden treasure.
Objects of value, not transpor