letter is unquestioned.
The chain of posts for holding South Carolina consisted of Georgetown, Charleston, Beaufort, and Savannah on the sea; Augusta, Ninety-Six, and Camden in the interior.
Of these Camden was the most im-
Chap. XV.} 1780. July. portant, for it was the key between the north and south; by a smaller post at Rocky Mount, it kept up a communication with Ninety-Six.
In the opinion of Clinton, six thousand men were required to hold Carolina and Georgia; yet at the end of June Cornwallis reported that he had put an end to all resistance in those states, and in September, after the harvest, would march into North Carolina to reduce that province.
But the violence of his measures roused the courage of despair.
On hearing of the acts of the British, Houston, the delegate in congress from Georgia, wrote to Jay: Our misfortunes are, under God, the source of our safety.
Our captive soldiers will, as usual, be poisoned, starved, and insulted,—will be scourged into the