march directly to Camden
, confident of its easy capt-
ure and the consequent recovery of the country.
he wrote: ‘Enough has already been lost in a vain defence of Charleston
; if more is sacrificed, the southern states are undone; and this may go nearly to undo the rest.’
Arriving in the camp of Kalb
, he was confirmed in his purpose by Thomas Pinckney
, who was his aid, and by Marion
It was the opinion of Kalb
, that the enemy would not make a stand at Camden
His first words ordered the troops to be prepared to march at a moment's warning.
The safest route, recommended by a memorial of the principal officers, was by way of Salisbury
, through a most fertile, salubrious, and well-cultivated country, inhabited by presbyterians who were heartily attached to the cause of independence, and among whom a post for defence might have been established in case of disaster.
was impatient; and having detached Marion
towards the interior of South Carolina
to watch the motions of the enemy and furnish intelligence, he, on the morning of the twenty-seventh
of July, put what he called the ‘grand army’ on its march by the shortest route to Camden
through a barren country which could offer no food but lean cattle, fruit, and unripe maize.
On the third of August, the army crossed the Pedee
river, making a junction on its southern bank with Lieutenant-Colonel Porterfield
, an excellent officer, who had been sent to the relief of Charleston
, and had kept his small command on the frontier of South Carolina
, having found means to subsist