Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
seven thousand persons ; an equal number of Indians
were incorporated with the Carolinians ; schooners and
merchant vessels were impressed as transports to carry
the forces ; and, in the month of September, 1702, gov-
ernor Moore sailed from Port Royal, the place appointed
for the rendezvous, upon an enterprise conceived in rash-
ness and conducted without caution. The Spaniards
were suffered to know all that was going on, and were
preparing for defence with quite as much industry as
their foes were preparing for attack. They had laid up
four months provisions in the castle, which was also
strongly fortified, and had sent timely despatches to
the West India islands for the succor of the Spanish
fleets. Colonel Daniel, a Carolinian officer of great
spirit, with a party of militia and Indians, made a de-
scent upon the town of St. Augustine by land, while the
commander-in-chief pursued his way by sea. His ar-
rangements were made with equal secrecy and prompti-
tude ; and he attacked, took the town and plundered it,
before the fleet of Moore appeared in sight. Upon
Moore's arrival, the castle was closely invested, but
without success. The cannon of the invaders made no
impression, and colonel Daniel was despatched in a
sloop to Jamaica for supplies of bombs and mortars of
the necessary calibre. But, during his absence, the
Spanish fleet appeared at the mouth of the harbor, and
governor Moore was compelled to raise the siege. Aban-
doning his ships, he retreated by land to Charlestown,
having, according to the historians, fled with a rapidity
as unbecoming as his rashness had been unwise and im-
provident. Daniel, on his return, to his great surprise