Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
thus afforded her, she contrived to apprize the garrison
that she had a communication from lord Rawdon. A
young loyalist received it from her lips, at a farm house
in the neighborhood, and, under the fires of the sentinels,
dashing successfully and at full speed by the pickets, he
was admitted with hurras into the garrison.
This circumstance rendered it necessary to abandon
the siege or carry the place by assault. By mid-day, on
the morning of the 18th of June, the different detachments
of the army were in readiness. On the American left,
against the star battery, lieutenant Duval, with a com-
mand of Marylanders, and lieutenant Selden, with another
of Virginians, led the forlorn hope. Close behind them
followed a party furnished with hooks at the end of staves,
and these were followed by the first Maryland and first
Virginia, under colonel Campbell, prepared for the assault.
These were marched, under cover of the approaches,
to within a few yards of the enemy's ditch. The posts,
rifle towers, and advanced works of the besiegers were
all manned, with orders to clear the parapets of the
garrison previous to the advance of the storming party.
On the American right, against the stockade fort, major
Randolph commanded colonel Lee's forlorn hope, sup-
ported by the infantry of the legion, and captain Kirk-
wood with the remains of the Delaware regiment. Duval
and Selden were ordered to clear away the abbatis and
occupy the curtain opposite them ; then, driving off the
enemy from the sides of the angle thus occupied, to open
the way for the billmen to pull down the sand bags.
These overthrown, were to assist the party of Campbell
in mounting to the assault.