‘I am for war,’ said Saloue, the young warrior of Estatoe
, at a great council of his nation.
‘The spirits of our murdered brothers still call on us to avenge them; he that will not take up this hatchet and follow me is no better than a woman.’
To reduce the native mountaineers of Carolina
, General Amherst
, early in 1761, sent a regiment and two companies of light infantry, under Lieutenant-Colonel James Grant
, the same who, in 1758, had been shamefully beaten near Pittsburg
The province added to the regular forces a regiment of its own, under the command of Henry Middleton
, who counted among his officers Henry Laurens
, William Moultrie
and Francis Marion
At Fort Prince George, Attakulla-kulla met the expedition, entreating delay for a conference.
But on the seventh day of June, the army, which was formed of about thirteen hundred regulars, and as many more of the men of Carolina
, pursued their march, followed by about seven hundred pack-horses, and more than four hundred cattle.
A party of Chickasaws and Catawbas attended as allies.
On the eighth, they marched through the dreaded defiles of War-Woman's Creek,2
by a rocky and very narrow path between the overhanging mountain of granite and a deep precipice which had the rushing rivulet at its base.
Yet they came upon no trace of the enemy, till, on the next day, they saw by the way-side, crayoned in
vermilion on a blazed forest-tree, a war-party of Cherokee
braves, with a white man as a captive.
On the morning of the tenth, at about half past 8, as the English
army, having suffered from