Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
head quarters more than eight hundred. The force under
Leslie was scarcely less than five thousand ; yet he
deemed it necessary, in the general panic, to resort to a
measure which must sufficiently have testified his own
fears, while it awakened, to the keenest poignancy, those
of the remaining inhabitants. He embodied in regiments
the numerous slaves who had been drawn from the
neighboring plantations, and who had been crowded into
the city as a part of that plunder with which the provi-
idence of the British commanders had prepared to con-
sole themselves for a flight which now appeared to
be inevitable.