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The Partisan

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Pages: 196

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: William Gilmore Simms

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II. " Now, yield thce up thy charge—delay and die— I may not spare thee in a quest like this, But strike even while I speak." Aided by his neve recruits, Humphries brought his prisoner to camp with little difficulty. The worthy Serjeant, it is true, did at first offer resistance: he mouthed and struggled, as the bandages compressed his mouth, and the ligatures restrained his arms: but the timely application of hand and foot, which his captors did not hesitate to employ to compel obedience, not to speak of the threatening aspect of the dagger, which the much roused lieutenant held more than once to his throat, brought him to reason, and counselled that wholesome resignation to circumstances, which, though not always easy and pleasant of adoption, is, at least, on most occasions, well becoming in him who has few alternatives. He was, therefore, soon mounted, along with one of the troopers, on horseback: and in a state of most commendable quietness, he reached, after an hour's quick riding, the encampment at Bacon's bridge. There, well secured with a stout rope, ami watched by the guard assigned for the other prisoners, close in the thick and knotty wood, which girdled the swamp, we will at present leave him. Singleton had well concealed his little squadron in the same shelter. I/ike a true partisan, he had omitted no precautions. His scouts were out in all directions—men that he could trust—and his sentries watched both sides of the river. The position which he had chosen was one established by General Moul- trie in the previous season. It had been vacated when the brave old warror was called to league histroops with those of Lincoln, in defence of the city. The intrenchments and barracks were in good order, but Singleton studiously avoided their use: and, to the t...  


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