Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
Transcription WE endeavoured, in the last number of this periodical, to
discuss the claims of South-Carolina and New England, on
the score of their separate services in the war of the revolu-
tion ; aiming rather to correct existing errors in our popular
histories, and suggest proper clues to future historians, than
to occupy the attention of the reader with our own narrative.
The limits of a journal such as ours, naturally forbade the
free employment of detail ; and our end was answered, if we
put it in the power of the reader to find the way himself, to
the acquisition of the truth. But we reserved to ourselves
one topic in this great history, for which the possession of a
considerable body of unpublished, and hitherto inedited mate-
rial, seemed to furnish a sufficient sanction to our purpose of
detaining the attention of the reader, by a copious array of
facts. This topic was the final leaguer of Charleston, in
which it fell into the hands of the enemy. We have seen
how Mr. Lorenzo Sabine discusses and dismisses the subject.
It will be for ourselves to provide the reader with authorities
at once less diseased by prejudice, and more conclusive as
teachers. In general terms, we indicated the difficulties and
disabilities under which South-Carolina laboured at this junc-
ture. We showed that the assailants drew nigh to her for-
tresses, when it was least in her power to rally to their
defence. We showed the two formidable previous attempts
which had been made, in separate periods, to effect her over...
throw, and with what manly spirit, vigour and success, she
had, almost single-handed, encountered the invader, and