Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
which we find a particular inducement, in the possession of
certain new materials, indicated in our rubric, which have
never yet been spread before the public. We hope to show
from these, that, in spite of native feebleness, bad manage-
ment, inferior materiel and deficient personnel, the defence of
the capital of Carolina furnished as noble an instance of manly
courage, and social fortitude and patriotism, as it is the lot 'of
the historian often to put on record.


It may assist the reader to appreciate the absurdity of this
fiction of a hundred and eighteen thousand New-Englanders,
ready always for the field, to learn something of the numbers
of the British to whom they were opposed. Within a brief
period, there have been published, in the (N. Y.) Literary
World, certain letters from John Adams. In one of these,
dated as late as Dec., 1809, he says :
" Great Britain, in our revolutionary war, never had in
North America, including the Canadas, at any one time, more
than five and twenty thousand men. During some part of
the war, I thought they had forty thousand ; but upon exam-
ining their own most authentic documents and memorials, I
have, long settled, an opinion that they never exceeded twen-
ty-five thousand, &c."
Certainly these ought to have been but a mere mouthful
for these fierce fighting New-Englanders, 118,000 strong,
who should have swallowed them with as much ease and
eagerness, as a French gourmand swallows a fricasee of frogs !
But, Mr. Adams is, perhaps, a little below the mark. We
are enabled, through Sparks, to quote from the official returns