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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
each of 20, and the Notre Dame of 16. They were com-
manded by Commodore Whipple.
" 10th March. I was on board the ` Providence' yesterday,
where I was posted with a few marines, as the enemy were
making dispositions with their fleet for passim the bar. Ten
sail anchored the day before yesterday in a position for em-
bracing the first favourable opportunity to enter. Three
appear to be two deckers. According to Mr. Timothy, they
had their yards a pie, and three transports were employed in
lightening them. The rest were frigates. Yesterday the
wind was favourable for entering. The sea was very placid,
and upon a signal given, the whole unmoored and came to
sail ; but, whether the wind was too light, or they did not
choose to venture, as the height of the springs (tides) was
past, I can't determine, but they came-to, after a little manoeuv-
ring. They had, in the meantime, found means to establish
a large white buoy on the bar. The galley was towing clown
to interrupt them—the boats of the fleet, (American,) a gun-
boat, &c., were ordered clown to cut away all clear ; but a
reinforcement of two galleys and a large ship appeared from
the southward, and all the boats of the enemy's fleet seemed
to be in motion. Evening came on and put an end to further
operations. Our Commodore (Whipple) will now have a
reinforcement of ships and galleys, as the enemy's present
design seems to be to penetrate by the harbour. This morn-
ing the wind is westerly, and I think there is but little pros-
pect of the enemy's getting over the bar. If they do, they
will probably meet with a second edition of Sir Peter Parker's
adventures, with large additions and improvements. I am
bound to my station, and am obliged to scribble in the great-
est hurry. Col. Gervais will inform you of the enemy's forag-
ing party and the' capture of our speaker." [Col. John Lau-
" 11th March. Heard cannon all this day, as we rid along
the road, which makes us impatient. [Heard] that Gen.
Moultrie, who commanded the horse at Bacon's Bridge, was
taken sick, and Gen. Huger sent to take command in his
room. It consisted of Bland's, Baylie's, Pulaski's and Horry's