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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
been described as a man of science, and is supposed to have
been an assistant engineer, -a Frenchman, employed in the
city during the siege. His first date, that of Feb. 9, 1780,
mentions the arrival of the English fleet in Stono Inlet.
" Feb. 9. The alarm was fired in Charleston. Feb. 10.
The (British) troops landed." [De Brahm.]
" Feb. 12. Heard that between forty and fifty sail of the
enemy's ships came in yesterday at North Edisto Inlet, and
were landed in force upon John's Island." [Gen. McIntosh's Journals, &c.]
Feb. 14. Heard the enemy landed some light troops at
Stono—that our light horse were ordered, and upon their
march from Sheldon, (our infantry stationed there having
passed some days ago.") [Gen. McIntosh.]
" Feb. 22. Bacon's Bridge. I did not write you sooner,
as I waited for the return of a party of horse that had gone,
out towards the enemy's lines to Stono. . . . Major Jameson
informs me he was within view of the sentries of their pic-
quets posted at the cross roads. . . . He believes there are
not so many at Stono as when they first took post there, that
some of them are returned to John's Island. I have not one
militia man doing duty here. . . . They are patrolling in
their different districts. They declare against going into
town. . . . are afraid of the small pox breaking out when
they are cooped, which they say will be worse to them than
the enemy. . . . The rains have filled our rivers and swamps
so much, that it is almost impossible for the enemy to drag
their cannon and artillery stores along. I think they cannot
pass this way. . . . We have a detachment of horse constant-
ly waiting on their motions." [Moultrie to Lincoln.]
" Feb. 23. Major Maham and Capt. Sanders, with a party
of horse, took Capt. McDonald and eight privates yesterday
near their picquet. . . . We are much in want of ammuni-
tion—the people about the country have none." [Moultrie to
" The returns made me this day of the troops under my
command at Bacon's Bridge, were, cavalry of all ranks, 379,
and the infantry under Col. Marion, 227—total, 606. My