The siege of Charleston
moved onward to independence
through the bitterest afflictions of civil war. Armies ere encouraged by the government in England
to pillage and lay waste her plantations, and confiscate the property of the greatest part of her inhabitants.
Families were divided; patriots outlawed and savagely assassinated; houses burned, and women and children driven shelterless into the forests; districts so desolated that they seemed the abode only of orphans and widows; and the retaliation provoked by the unrelenting rancor of loyalists threatened the extermination of her people.
Left mainly to her own resources, it was through bloodshed and devastation and the depths of wretchedness that her citizens were to bring her back to her place in the republic by their own heroic courage and self-devotion, having suffered more, and dared more, and achieved more than the men of any other state.