rested in the heart of the Alleghanies
If he had
advanced to relieve, the siege of Fort Loudoun
, he must have abandoned his wounded men and his baggage.
On the following night, deceiving the Cherokees by kindling lights at Etchowee, the army retreated, and, marching twenty-five miles, they never halted till they came to War-Woman's Creek in the valley of the Savannah
On the thirtieth, they crossed the Oconnee Mountain
; and on the first day of July, reached Fort Prince George.
The retreat of Montgomery
was the knell of the famished Fort Loudoun
By the unanimous resolve of the officers, James Stuart
, afterwards Indian agent for the Southern
division, repaired to Chotee, and agreed on terms of capitulation,2
which neither party observed; and, on the morning of the eighth of August, Oconostata himself received the surrender of the fort, and sent its garrison of two hundred on their way to Carolina
The next day, at Telliquo, the fugitives were surrounded; Demere
and three other officers, with twenty-three privates, were killed.
warriors were very exact in that number, as being the amount of hostages who had been retained by Lyttleton3
in the previous December.
The rest were brought back and distributed among the tribes.4
Their English prisoners, including captives carried from the back settlements of North
and South Carolina
, were thought to have amounted to near three hundred souls.5