Marion a Thorn In the Flesh
This daring partisan had proved an exceedingly troublesome customer for four months past. Pouncing like a lion on his enemies when in his power, and running like a fox when pursued by superior force. Every stratagem heretofore employed for his capture had proved abortive. His pursuers, instead of entrapping, found themselves drawn into the snare, and withdrew in a rage because he would not fight like a Christian. The notions of his barbarism had risen to such a height in the British Army that his capture was one of prime importance. To affect this purpose Cornwallis detached Col. Tarleton with the main body of his cavalry and a select portion of his light infantry to rush into the Peedee country. Apprised of this movement, Sumpter took a position at the Fishdam Ford on Broad River, within less than thirty miles of Winnsboro. In the absence of the British cavalry he felt safe in his position, thinking that he could elude any force which Cornwallis could send against him. The latter determined to drive him from his quarters or punish his audacity. For this he sent Major Wemyss with a force considered adequate to rout that under Sumpter.