Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 90THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
tifications were pushed forward with rapidity, ammuni-
tion procured, provisions stored ; and industry, stimulated
by zeal and valor, soon put the settlements at Ashley riv-
er in a tolerable state of defence. Fort Johnson was
erected on James island, to meet this exigency; redoubts
raised at White Point, now the site of a promenade�the
battery�no less beautiful than appropriately named ; and,
having completed their preparations, the Carolinians
calmly awaited the appearance of the foe. A French
fleet, under Monsieur Le Feboure, having procured
succor from Cuba and St. Augustine, appeared before
Charlestown. Five separate smokes, which were raised
by a corps of observation at Sullivan's island, announced
the number of vessels in the invading armament.
The inhabitants of the town were at once put under
arms by William Rhett, the colonel in command ; des-
patches were sent to the captains of militia in the coun-
try, and governor Johnson, arriving from his plantation,
proclaimed martial law at the head of the militia. His
presence, as a military man of known capacity and valor,
inspired the citizens with confidence. His measures
were calculated to confirm it. He summoned the friend-
ly Indians, stationed his troops judiciously, gave his
commands with calmness and resolve, and as the troops
came in from the country, assigned them their places and
duties with the composure of one who had long be-
fore adjusted his plan of resistance. The neighboring
troops came to the defence of the city in numbers, and
with alacrity. That same evening a troop of horse,
under captain George Logan, and two companies of foot,
commanded by major Broughton, reached the capital.