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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
being so strong in cavalry, kept the enemy pretty close to
their lines." [Moultrie.]
Feb. 25. Reconnoitered the enemy on James and John's
Islands ; we proceeded to Wappoo Cut, from whence we had
a good view of their whole encampment ; their left on Stono
river, extending their right along the ditch near Wappoo
creek, which I take to be a quarter of a mile : by the stacks
of arms and number of men moving about, I judge them to
be about 1,000 or 1,200 British and Hessians. In Stono
river I saw three galleys, three schooners and some small
boats. . . . One galley lay at the mouth of Wappoo, one at
Fenwicke's lower landing. They have thrown up a work near
` the Cut.' I was informed that 90 flat bottomed boats and
canoes went down Stono, towards ` the Cut,' a few days ago."
[Moultrie to Lincoln.]
" Feb. 26. There are, as yet, no militia at this post. They
refuse to go into the town on account of the small pox. I
most earnestly request you will order me some ammunition ;
as not only the militia want it, but Major Vernier reports
to me that he has not more than four rounds to a man."
[Moultrie to Lincoln.]
" Feb. 28. The enemy are opening the ground near Fort
Johnson. I expect our ships will disturb them before night."
[Lincoln to Moultrie.]
" Feb. 29. Our garrison is at present so weak that I shall
be obliged to send for the light troops the moment that you
have a hundred or two of the militia to join you." [Lincoln
to Moultrie.]
" 1st March. Gen. Moultrie writes that the enemy are pre-
paring to withdraw from Stono, and collect their principal
force on James Island. This I can hardly persuade myself to
believe ; neither can I account for their conduct hitherto, on
any other principle than that which I mentioned before you
left town." [Col. John Laurens.]
" 1st March. Bacon's Bridge. The enemy have crossed.
Wappoo, and are approaching this way. Our horse are re-
treating towards us." [PhilipNeyle to Lincoln.]
" 4th March. Charleston. Last night we were alarmed
by a fire in Tradd street. The troops turned out with great
alacrity, and the fire was soon extinguished. It is said the