Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription APPENDIX.325
boundary line, (in a straight line near 30 miles, and following the ridge 50 miles,) where a stone is set up and marked S. C. and N. C. 1813; thence south 68� 15' west, 18 miles 30 chains, to the inter-section of the 35� North latitude, which is marked on a rock in the east branch of Chatooga river, with latitude 35�A, D. 1813, (all which aforesaid lines divide this state from North Carolina,) thence down the Chatooga river to its junction with the Tugaloo, where it is called the Toruro river, (general course southwest 29�, distance in a straight line 25 miles,) thence down the Tugaloo and Savannah rivers, to the intersection of the same with the Atlantic Ocean; (general course southeast 40�, dislance in a straight line 226 miles,) all which divide this state from Georgia; thence along the sea-. coast, including all the islands adjacent, to the place of beginning, (general course northeast 54� 30', 187 miles in a straight line.)
18th of June, 1812, the congress of the United states declare war against Great Britain. The war was of brief duration, lasting about two years. In this time, apart from the usual unfavorable effects of war upon commerce, South Carolina suffered little from its influence. Occasional descents were made upon her coasts by the British cruisers, and the entrances to the several ports of Charleston, Beaufort and Georgetown, were sometimes obstructed by their frigates. In South Carolina a becoming spirit was manifested to meet the enemy in the event of invasion, which was anticipated from the same force which penetrated to Washington. Fortifications were raised in and around Charleston; and such places along the coast as were more accessible for the landing of an enemy, were put in a condition for defence and manned with troops. In Charles-ton the spirit ofindividual enterprise and valor kept equal pace with that of the public authorities. A number of private armed vessels were sent forth, which did immense injury to the commerce of Great Britain and sent in numerous prizes. One or two events occurring in shore, along the Carolina coast, were particularly brilliant, and surpassed by no exploits during the war. Among these was the defence of the schooner Alligator in January, 1814.
This vessel was commanded by sailing master Bassett, and lay abreast of Cole's Island. Observing an enemy's frigate and brig just without the breakers, and suspecting that an attack would be