History of the United States of America, from the Discovery of the Continent - Vol. 5

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CHAPTER II.
THE SOUTHERN CAMPAIGN. THE SEPARATE COMMAND OF MORGAN.
1780–1781.

CONGRESS, on the sixteenth of June 1780, directed “Daniel Morgan of the Yirginia line,” with his old rank of colonel, to be “employed in the southern army as Major-General Gates should direct.” Morgan had been justly aggrieved at the slight recognition by Gates of his services in the capture of Burgoyne. But, when he heard of the defeat at Camden and the dispersal of the American army, he hastened to the scene of disaster, and before the end of September arrived at Hillsborough. There Gates was doing all that he could to draw together the remains of the regular army. The militia of North Carolina joined him in considerable force. Marion was in the neighborhood of the Santee, and Sumter on the west of that river; Davie of North Carolina, with dragoons and mounted riflemen, had repaired to the Waxhaw settlement; Colonel Clark, at the head of exiles from Georgia and South Carolina, was near Augusta; the mountaineers of the West, under Campbell, Cleaveland, “Williams, Sevier, Shelby, MacDowell, and others, were gathering for a descent upon the British posts in South Carolina and Georgia; Cornwallis was planning junction of his forces at Charlotte, with the intention of proceeding into Yirginia.

The governor of North Carolina, holding “Colonel Morgan’s character as a soldier to be well known in America” and his presence sure to give spirit to his countrymen, requested him to take command of a regiment of the militia of North Carolina. This Morgan declined, for Gates received

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