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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
v order of soldiers as were enrolled on the New England estab-
received during the siege.''* When the town fell, the whole
number of continentals, including the Carolina contingent
within the State was but " nineteen hundred and seventy-seven,
yet the return of prisoners was more than five thousand." f
So much for this redoubtable `Northern' army. It is true
that, before the leaguer, and in order to confirm the resolution
of the people to defend the city, they were promised from
Congress and other quarters, an additional force of some nine
thousand troops, but these only made their appearance after
the fashion of those tardy spirits whom Glendower summon-
ed from the vasty deeps. They were pretty much the same
lishment—never to be seen except at the serving out of ra-
tions ; and as Charleston had but a slender supply of provi-
sions, falling, at last, from famine, such feeders, with such an
aversion to short commons, could not surely be expected in
such a place. But let us proceed with Mr. Sabine.
" South-Carolina, with a northern army to assist her, could
not, or would not preserve her own capital. When news
reached Connecticut that Gage had sent a force into the
country, and that blood had been shed, Putnam was at work
in his field ; leaving his plough in the furrow, he started for
Cambridge, without changing his garments. When Stark
heard the same tidings, he was sawing pine logs, and without
a coat; shutting down the gate of his mill, he commenced
his journey to Boston in his shirt sleeves. The same spirit
animated the whigs far and near, and the capital of New
England was invested with fifteen thousand men. How
was it at Charleston ? That city was the great mart of the
South ; and what Boston still is, the centre of the export and
import trade of a large population. In grandeur, in shipping,
an 1 commerce, Charleston was equal to any city in America.
But its citizens did not rally to save it, and General Lincoln
was compelled to accept terms of capitulation."
* Ramsay. •. Ibid.