militia and twelve regulars, surrendered to Sumpter
Chap. XXIV.} 1781. May 11.
marched down the Santee
on the north side, anxious to save the garrison of Fort Motte
, to which Marion
had laid siege.
To hasten its surrender, Rebecca Motte
, the owner of the house in which they were quartered, on the twelfth brought
into camp a bow and a bundle of Indian arrows; and when the arrows had carried fire to her own abode, the garrison of a hundred and sixty-five men surrendered.
Two days later, the British
post at Nelson
On the fifteenth, Fort Granby
with three hundred and fifty-two men surrendered by capitulation.
turned his arms against Georgetown
; and, on the first night after the Americans
had broken ground, the British
retreated to Charleston
The troops under Rawdon
did not halt until they reached Monk
The north-western part of South Carolina
was thus recovered, but the British
still held Ninety-Six and Augusta
Conforming to the plan which Greene
had forwarded from Deep river
, General Pickens
and Colonel Clarke
with militia kept watch over the latter.
On the twentieth of May, they were joined by Lieu-
The outposts were taken one after another, and on the fifth of June the main fort
with about three hundred men capitulated.
One officer, obnoxious for his cruelties, fell after the surrender by an unknown hand.
, the commander, had himself hanged thirteen American prisoners, and delivered citizens of Georgia
to the Cherokees to suffer death with all the exquisite tortures which savage barbarity could contrive; but on his way to Savannah
an escort protected him from