The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

General Isaac Huger To General Francis Marion.

NG wants Marion to try to cross the Santee River and destroy the "Enemy's Magazines."[1] Execution of this mission is left to Marion's "Judgment & Address." Adds in a postscript that Colonel Harden has invited Captain Snipes to bring 150 men to join him south of Charleston. Snipes has "permission to proceed," and if Marion believes it will "Answer the Generals Intention of Alarming the Enemy & distroying their magazines," he should "promote it."[2]
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    [1.] As seen in his letter of 31 January (PGNG, 7: 229-230), Marion sent detachments on such a raid on the 29th.
    [2.] William Clay Snipes had felt aggrieved about losing his command when Marion organized his brigade in January. (Rankin, Swamp Fox, p. 160) Snipes had gone to Gov. John Rutledge, who wrote Marion on 28 January that he had no objection to Snipes's raising an independent company; Rutledge implied, however, that Snipes would serve under Marion. (Gibbes, Documentary History, 3: 19) In replying to Huger on 6 February, Marion opposed such a command for Snipes, who, he said, would "do no other Service than plunder the Inhabitants, which will make more Enemys." (ScU) Col. William Harden was organizing a militia regiment in the Beaufort area of South Carolina. Marion's biographer, Hugh Rankin, speculates that Snipes wanted to serve under Harden because Harden exercised little control over his subordinates. (Rankin, Swamp Fox, p. 161) In the end, Marion did give Snipes a major's commission. (Ibid., p. 190)