Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.229
compelled to shelter themselves behind bags of sand,
which increased its elevation by three feet.. Through
these sand bags, apertures were left for the use of small
arms by day, and the withdrawal of the sand bags, left
embrazures for the employment of the cannon by night.
Thus, for ten days, the besiegers and besieged lay watch-
ing each other. During this time, not a man could show
his head on either side, without incurring the shot of the
riflemen. Still the garrison, though greatly suffering from
the American fire, maintained its defence with a constancy
that reflects the highest honor on its commander. That
Cruger must have surrendered, that it would have been
a wanton sacrifice of life for him to continue a conflict in
such circumstances, was inevitable, but that he had been
strengthened in his resolution by advices which had reach-
ed him from without.
Rawdon, re-inforced by three regiments from Ireland,
had broken through the obstructions offered by the par-
tisan forces under Marion, and was advancing by rapid
marches to the relief of Ninety-Six. This important in-
telligence had been conveyed to Cruger, and invigorated
his defence. A woman was the instrument employed
by the British for encouraging Cruger to protract the
siege. Residing in the neighborhood, she had visited
the camp of Greene, under some pretence of little mo-
ment. The daughter of one tried patriot, and the sister
of another, she had been received at the general's table
and permitted the freedom of the encampment. But
she had formed a matrimonial connection with a British
officer, and the ties of love had proved stronger than
those of any other relationship. In the opportunities
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