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‘I am for war,’ said Saloue, the young warrior of

chap. XVIII.} 1761.
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,1 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

April
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

1 Virginia Gazette, 554, 2, 2.

2 Moultrie's Memoirs of the American Revolution, II. 223.

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