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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
contented nature. There was yet another consideration, of
even superior force to these, which naturally prevented the
people of the mountain regions from leaving their own neigh-
borhoods for any purpose. Whenever they had done so hither-
to, particularly when a British fleet or army was upon the
coast, their absence had been the signal for the rising of the
loyalists and the Indians. But, in fact, with such a command-
er as Lincoln, there was no deficiency of men. There were,
in fact, too many as it was, within the city. There was no
food for those who occupied it. Lincoln neither saw properly
to the provisions nor to the defences of the city, and it fell by
famine, and not by force.
Our space will not suffer us to do more than advert to the
many causes which lessened the strength and resources of
Carolina at the approach of the enemy, in 1780, to her me-
tropolis. Enough, we trust, has been said and shown to dis-
prove utterly the false and malicious paragraphs which we
have thought proper to examine, and to expose the injustice
of any comparison between the acts of a people fresh for the
struggle, under its first excitements, and as yet totally inex-
perienced in suffering ; and another whom this struggle has
left enfeebled and exhausted--conscious of their weakness and
deficiencies, and failing in that promised assistance from with-
out, which, in the misfortune of others, they themselves had
been always ready to bestow. Let the history be written out
i n full, on both sides, with all its facts, with nothing reserved,
and nothing set down in malice, and we do not fear but that
the deeds and sacrifices of Carolina, and of the whole South,
will bear honourable comparison with those of any part of this
nation. But, for the present, we forego the theme. We pro-
pose hereafter to claim the attention of the reader, while we
continue the subject to which we have just made our ap_
proaches—the siege of Charleston, in 1780—a subject for