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m no possibility of flight with their families; and if they were inclined to take up arms, there was no American army around which they could rally. The attempt was now made to crush the spirit of independence in the heart of a people of courage and honor, to drive every man of Carolina into active service in the British army, and to force the dwellers in the land of the sun, which ripened passions as fierce as the clime, to become the instruments of their own subjection. On the twenty-second of May, confiscation of prop- 22. erty and other punishments were denounced against all who should thereafter oppose the king in arms, or hinder any one from joining his forces. On the first June 1. of June, a proclamation by the commissioners, Clinton and Arbuthnot, offered pardon to the penitent, on their immediate return to allegiance; to the loyal, Chap. XIV.} 1780. June 1. the promise of their former political immunities, ineluding freedom from taxation except by their own legislat
zens 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 the inhabitants whose houses he had burned, whose Chap. XXIV.} 1781. May 22. relations he had hanged. On the twenty-second of May, Greene, with Kosciuszko for his engineer, and nine hundred and eighty-four men, began the siege of Ninety-Six. The post, though mounting but three pieces of artillery, was strongly fortiftwenty-second of May, Greene, with Kosciuszko for his engineer, and nine hundred and eighty-four men, began the siege of Ninety-Six. The post, though mounting but three pieces of artillery, was strongly fortified; the garrison of five hundred and fifty was ample for the place; and the commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Cruger, was an officer of ability and enterprise. A fleet from Ireland having arrived at Charleston with re-enforcements, Rawdon on the seventh of June marched with two thousand men to the relief June 7. of Ninety-Six. Loath to be baffled, Greene, on the eighteenth, ordered a party of Marylanders and of 18. Virginians to make a lodgement in the fort, in which no justifying breach had