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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
enemy are erecting a bomb battery. One of these nights, I
suppose, they will give us a salute." [John Lewis Gervais.]
" 4th March. Charleston. At half after six this morning,
one of the enemy's frigates sailed close in with the ship's
channel, and fired, at long intervals, about ten shot at one of
our galleys stationed in that quarter, but as she fired .at
extreme range and without probability of effect, the American
officer did not condescend to return the compliment. The
brigs Notre Dame and Gen. Lincoln lie nearer in shore to
support the galley, and co-operate with her in preventing the
enemy's boats from sounding. After the frigate had passed,
a 50 gun ship, preceded by a pilot boat, ranged the bar in the
same manner, but did not fire. The enemy's ships then
spoke each other, and stood for Stono. The fatigue men at
Fort Johnson are now employed in transporting logs and
plank from the ruins to a spot two or three hundred yards in
the rear. A ship, a brig, and a fleet of small craft, such as
schooners, entered Stono the 2d instant. They probably
were charged with provisions and stores. Mr. Timothy says
he cannot discern whether the enemy's three galleys are in
Wappoo Cut. Our horse officers say they are. A deserter
from the 7th British regiment, who left the posh at Stono
three days since, says that the enemy's principal force is on
James Island—that two brigades, consisting of the 7th, 23d,
33d, and the Hessian Jagers, remain on John's Island—that
there are no more than 40 men in each redoubt at Stono-
that great discontent prevailed in his regiment, and he thinks
there will be great desertions, whenever they are less encircled
with wet ditches. Last night, a little before 1 0 o'clock, a fire
broke out in an old workshop in Mr. Warham's yard, Tradd
street. It raged furiously for a short time, but was happily
extinguished and prevented from spreading, by the activity of
the Charleston militia, It was an inexpressible satisfaction to
me, to see the troops paraded at their alarm posts, with so
much rapidity and order. The North-Carolina militia brigade,
which I had an opportunity particularly of seeing at the com-
mencement of the alarm, as I was ordered to conduct one-
half of them to supply the place of the town militia on the
lines, paraded and marched in full numbers with an alacrity
which at once astonished and delighted me. Gen. Hogan's