Sumpter’s Command Disbanded

Sumpter’s Command Disbanded

This disaster completely dispersed Sumpter’s command for a season and left the Whig population once more completely exposed. It is true that Williams and some other partisan leaders kept forces embodied, but without the power of even keeping up a show of resistence. Hence they moved from place to place and to some extent checked the ferocity of the Tories. The writer has often felt regret that Sumpter was not with Gates when he met Cornwallis. Sumpter’s militia differed widely from the raw recruits from North Carolina and Virginia that were present on that occasion. His men had seen service in all its varieties and had recently learned that their equals were hard to find in the British Army. Hence had they stood with the Continentals the result might have been different when the hero of Saratoga exchanged his Northern laurels for Southern willows.