Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
rison. Shells and carcasses were thrown incessantly into
all parts of the town, and from all the points around it,
covered by the cannon of the assailants. The city was
on fire in several places ; and, by this time, the third
parallel of the enemy being completed, the rifles of the
Hessian jagers were fired at so small a distance, and
with so much effect, that the defenders could no longer
show themselves above the lines with safety.
On the 11th the British crossed the wet ditch by sap,
and advanced within twenty-five yards of the besieged.
All farther defence was hopeless, and Lincoln found
himself obliged to capitulate. He had maintained his
post with honor, but unsuccessfully. For three months,
with less than four thousand ill fed, ill clothed, and
unpractised militia, he had baffled more than ten thousand
of the best troops in the British service.