Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
which port they easily made, while their pursuers were
waiting for them at the bar of Charleston. This season-
able capture was sent to the relief of Massachusetts, where
it happened to be more immediately required. The next
military proceeding of the popular leaders, was to take
possession of Fort Johnson. Colonel Motte, with a
small party of provincials, was appointed to execute this
duty. Before he landed on the island, however, the fort
was dismantled, and the British retired on board of two
armed ships, the Cherokee and Tamar, which lay in the
harbor. Captain Heyward, with a detachment of the
Charlestown artillery, occupied the fort the same night, and
by dawn of the next day, had three guns ready for action.
Colonel Moultrie, with another party, soon after mounted
some heavy cannon at Haddrell's Point ; and a few well-
directed shot drove the British vessels out to sea. Hos-
tilities were thus fairly commenced in South Carolina.
Forts on James' and Sullivan's islands, Haddrell's point,
and other places, were immediately constructed ; the mili-
tia were diligently put in training, the provincial troops dis-
ciplined, and all the means within the knowledge and pow-
er of the Carolinians, and important to their interests and
safety, were consulted and secured. Conscious of the
justice of their cause, and satisfied with what they had
done towards its success, they awaited with natural impa-
tience, the progress of that fearful drama, the opening of
which we have already seen.