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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
continentals- discovered the alertness and steadiness of vete-
rans, and seemed to rejoice that they had arrived in the nick
of time. The troops generally regarded the conflagration as
the effect of design, and expected a serious attack. A scat-
tering fire of musketry from a few inexperienced sentinels,
and a few shot from the Queen of France, which probably
were directed at spectators on the James Island shore, con-
firmed them for a time in this opinion. However, the fire,
which appears to have been accidental, was happily subdued ;
and our troops, after remaining a proper time in order of bat-
tle at their alarm posts, were ordered to quarters. The Queen
of France illuminated fore and aft her gull deck, and. prepared
for action, presented a very pretty spectacle on the water. Our
fatigue parties are employed in completing the horn work, in
erecting some new batteries on the south-west face of the
town, and in taking off the c.urface of the marsh, for. a proper
width, from right to left on that front. Boats with a proper
foundation of earth and bricks a-midships, for tar barrels, &c.,
are anchored at a proper distance from the shore and each
other ; h tying combustibles on board to be fired at the
enemy's approach in a dark night. Every individual seems
to be inspired with confidence by the preparations which are
making for our defence, and this contributes greatly to suc-
cess." [Col. John Laurens.]
March 7. Bacon's Bridge. By accounts from Major
Vernier and a prisoner taken this morning, the enemy crossed
Wappoo last night at 8 o'clock, with 1,000 grenadiers and
light infantry. The last accounts we have of them, they
were about three miles from Ashley Ferry." [Philip Neyle to
" March 8 and 9. Seven vessels were sunk near the mouth
of Cooper river, and cables fixed from one to the other, to
prevent the entrance of this river." [De Brahm.]
March 10. We had gathered a number of cattle about
Ashley river, some say 500 head, four or five days ago ; the
enemy heard of it, crossed Wappoo with about one thousand
Men, took most of the cattle, the drivers, and five or six
militia men. They were at Mr. Legg's, at the ferry house,
and surprised Thomas Farr and Mr. Loyd at breakfast, and
carried them off with Farr's son, a little boy. It is said they