Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Augustine had received an accession of strength from six
Spanish galleys, armed with long brass nine pounders,
and two sloops loaded with provisions. When he sum-
moned the fortress, he was answered with defiance. The
haughty Don, secure in his strong hold, sent him for an-
swer, that he would be happy to shake hands with him
within the castle. A bombardment followed this reply,
but without effecting any change in the spirit of the de-
fenders. The fire was returned from the castle and gal-
leys, but little injury was done on either side, and the
besiegers found it wiser to consult than to cannonade.
'The only hope of Oglethorpe had been to effect his
object by surprise. Failing in this, the light weight of
his metal, and the ample preparations of the Spaniards
against blockade, left him but little prospect of achieving
the conquest of so strong a fortress in any other manner.
Meantime, the Spanish commander, perceiving that the
operations of the besiegers were relaxed, and suspecting
their embarrassment, sent out a detachment of three hun-
dred men against a small party under colonel Palmer,
which lay at Fort Moosa. This commander suffered
himself to be surprised, and his men, who were sleeping
at the time, were most of them cut in pieces. This dis-
aster, in connection with the desertion of the allied
Indians, added to the already sufficient reasons which
existed for abandoning the expedition. These people,
who are not calculated for tedious enterprises, that de-
mand patience and afford no opportunities for action,
were offended with the haughty humanity of the general.
When they brought him the scalp of an enemy, he called
them barbarous dogs, rejected the trophy, and bade them