Ferguson In Spartanburg

Ferguson In Spartanburg

Thence Ferguson moved up into the Fairforest congregation, and seems to have made it his headquarters until about September. During this time the community was taxed with the support of his army and the disciples of his school. Five different positions were occupied at different times by his encampment. His object in moving seems to have been to get nearer the means of support as he soon eat out the immediate vicinity of his encampment. His horses were turned loose into any field of grain that might be convenient and foraging parties dispersed abroad. The cattle round about were driven to his camp and slaughtered or shot down in the woods and left. Every house was searched from time to time for provisions and plundered for every article of value. As many Whigs as could be found were apprehended, not even excepting those who had taken protection. A few had done this rather than forsake their families, but they were soon sent to Ninety Six and incarcerated in a loathsome prison and almost perished for want of food. But at the time of Ferguson’s arrival most of the males capable of bearing arms took refuge in North Carolina, so that he had an excellent opportunity of drilling his raw recruits and supporting his army of devastation and pillage. Small parties of Whigs came into the neighborhood about often enough to afford good exercise in pursuing when they heard of their being in striking distance.