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Chapter 24:

The southern campaign. Greene in South Carolina.


on the seventh of April, Cornwallis brought the
Chap. XXIV.} 1781. April 7.
relics of his army to Wilmington, where a party sent by his orders from Charleston awaited him. He could not move by land towards Camden without exposing his troops to the greatest chances of being lost.1 He should have sped to Charleston by water, to retain possession of South Carolina; but such a movement would have published to the world that all his long marches and victories had led only to disgrace. A subordinate general, sure of the favor and approval of Germain, he forced his plans on his commander-in-chief,2 to whom he wrote: ‘I cannot help expressing my wishes that the Chesapeake may become the seat of war, even, if necessary, at the expense of abandoning New York.’ And without waiting for an answer, in the

1 Cornwallis to Phillips, and Cornwallis to Clinton, 4 April, 1781.

2 Cornwallis to Clinton, Wilmington, 10 April, 1781, in Washington's Writings, VII. 458.

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