Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 162THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
of these offers. Lieutenant colonel Henderson led out
two hundred men, attacked the advanced flanking party
of the enemy, killed several and brought in eleven pris-
oners. In this affair, captain Moultrie, of the South Car-
olina line, was among the slain. On the 26th of April,
a plan of retreat by night, was proposed in council, but
rejected as impracticable. On the 6th of May, Clinton
renewed his former terms for the surrender of the garri-
son. At this time the flesh provisions of the city were
not sufficient for a week's rations. There was no pros-
pect either of supplies or re-inforcements. The engin-
eers admitted that the lines could not be maintained ten
days longer, and might be carried by assault in ten
minutes. General Lincoln was disposed to accept Clin-
ton's offer, but he was opposed by the citizens, who were
required by Clinton to be considered prisoners on parole.
To their suggestion of other terms, they received for
answer that hostilities should be renewed at 8 o'clock.
When that hour arrived, the garrison looked for the most
vigorous assault, and prepared, with a melancholy defi-
ance, to meet the assailants at their ruined bulwarks.
But an hour elapsed without a gun being fired. Both
armies seemed to dread the consequences of an assault,
and to wish for a continuance of the truce. At nine in
the evening, the batteries of the garrison were re-opened,
and being answered by those of the British, the fight was
resumed with more vigor and execution than had been
displayed at any time from the beginning of the siege.
Ships and gallies, the forts on James and John's islands,
on Wappoo, and the main army on the neck, united in
one voluminous discharge of iron upon the devoted gar-