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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
made Mr. Farr drive the cattle, saying, ' keep up, Mr. Speaker,'
Mr. Abraham Ladson was also taken prisoner. . . . The gal-
lies and vessels of force that lay in Ashley river, are gone this
morning to reinforce the Commodore near Fort Moultrie.
The wind is westerly and the tide low. The river is bare of
armed vessels now. Our works are more perfect. We are
now working on ' the Bay.' We hear nothing of the Virginia
Line Col. Thomson is forming a camp near Orange-
burg, to put a stop to plunderers. . . . When the enemy
retreated with their booty, (the cattle,) our horse took eight
prisoners." [J. L. Gervais.]
Our next extract is from a letter of Peter Timothy, the
editor of the Whig newspaper in Charleston at the time.
His observations were usually made from the steeple of St.
Michael's. He writes to Henry Laurens, and just as he sees.
" 10th March. The 7 men-of-war off the bar have not
moved. The springs (tides) are over. The ship on the bar,
(very small,) a small sloop and galley remain there. . . The
enemy laid buoys and erected landmarks yesterday afternoon.
. . . A frigate and a 20 (gun) have chased a brig to-day-
but she is of their kidney. . . . A two decker is coming up
from Stono. . . Another still lies at anchor there. . . . A
fleet is come out of North Edisto. I reckon 20 sail, all square
rigged and large. There may be more. All our armed ves-
sels are collecting in the road. . . . The enemy have no can-
non yet mounted on their new works. . . . A galley and a
brig are going down channel to see after the buoys, &c. . . .
Head-quarters are at Hutson's. About 20 sail of vessels are
there. A schooner is come to the fleet from Stono. . . . Be-
sides the men-of-war off the bar, there are three large tran-
sports which have lightened the respective two deckers to
which they were assigned. . . . Believe some land forces will
go on board our armed ships."
Our armed vessels consisted of the Bricole, 44, the Provi-
dence and Boston, each of 32 guns, the Queen of France, 38,
L'Aventure and Truite, each 26, Ranger and brig Lincoln,