Perilous Journey

Perilous Journey

In obedience to this order the party set out and passed over a fearful precipice through a passage not exceeding fourteen inches in width. With the exception of a few miserable squaws nobody was found in the town. The party returned in the darkness of the night without being able to discover the narrowness of their passage near the precipice, as when they went out. The army returned to the Keowee towns. Here a treaty was concluded with the Indians, in which they ceded their lands east of the Oconee Mountains and bound themselves to live in peace. The territory thus acquired by the whites within South Carolina comprises the Districts of Greenville, Anderson and Pickens. A heavy penalty was exacted from the miserable Indians for their alliance with the British and Tories. In some of the battles connected with this campaign white men were taken disguised as Indians and using the same methods of warfare. They were Loyalists.

Williamson’s army was disbanded at Seneca Town with the understanding that the frontiers were to be guarded in regular order. Accordingly, a line of posts was established from North Carolina to Georgia.