Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
warned by an intercepted letter from Lincoln, that the
delay of another day would compromise the safety of his
whole army.
Prevost hurried to James island, where he committed
some petty depredations. He was closely watched by
the force under Lincoln, and on the 20th of June, detach-
ments from the two armies encountered near Stono
ferry. The British, to the number of seven hundred
men, had entrenched themselves, having three redoubts
with a line of communication, Field pieces were planted
in the intervals, and the whole was secured by an abbatis.
The American detachment numbered twelve hundred men.
That the enemy might be harassed, or lulled into security,
they were alarmed by small parties, for several nights
preceding the action. When the real assault was
made, two companies of the seventy-first regiment sallied
out to support the pickets. These were charged with
so much valor, that but nine of their number got safely
within the lines. All the men at the British field pieces
were either killed or wounded ; but after an attack of an
hour and twenty minutes, the victory was taken from the
grasp of the assailants by the appearance of a re-inforce-
ment. The Americans were drawn off in good order,
without loss ; and the enemy, availing themselves of the
respite, fled by way of the islands to Port Royal, from
whence they made their way to Savannah.
Thus ended the second expedition of the British
against the metropolis of South Carolina.