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CHAPTER IV. Sir Henry Clinton invests Charleston....Colonel
Washington defeats Tarlton....Opinion of general Washington on the
subject of defending Charleston....Tarlton surprises and defeats an
American corps at Mark's corner....The garrison of fort Moultrie
surrender themselves prisoners of war ....Colonel White defeated by
Tarlton....General Lincoln capitulates....Buford defeated..Sir
Henry Clinton takes measures for settling the government of South
Carolina and Georgia....General Gates appointed to the command of
the southern army ....Is defeated by lord Cornwallis near
Camden....Baron de Kalb killed.. .Success of general Sumpter..His
defeat. The departure of the French fleet from the continent
immediately following the unsuccessful assault on Savannah,
produced a sudden and a gloomy change in the prospects of the
southern states. The sanguine hopes which had been entertained of
the recovery of Georgia, and of the total destruction of the
British power in that quarter, gave place to the most melancholy
apprehensions for South Carolina. Nor were these apprehensions ill
founded. The continental troops under the command of general
Lincoln did not amount to more than one thousand men fit for duty;
and the prospect of considerable re-enforcements was by no means
flattering. The facility with which general Prevost had passed
through the state, and the assurances he had received of the
indisposition of a large proportion of the people to defend
themselves against VoL. IV. R an army capable of effective
operations, disclosed too certainly the true situation of the
country, not to convince all discerning men, that a real attempt at
conquest would be made the ensuing year. General Lincoln was not
blind to the danger which was approaching; but he perceive...
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