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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
galley stationed there discovered them a little after sunrise,
and by firing some ineffectual shot hastened the mounting of
a brass 32 pounder. The Notre Dame and Batard (?) galley
soon after came up the river. The latter fired several shots,
and had them returned, and with the sarne effect—which is
none. Our Lady (Notre Dame) however, fared worse four
shot being fired at her, one of which riddled her in the fore-
chains, which occasioned her to cut and run. All our vessels
are since come clown. The Queen of France and Truite had
been three days before sent down to the road to strengthen
the line of battle. The enemy's shipping are anchored close
to the ship channel. One of the two deckers is getting her
guns taken out ; so that, in all probability, we shall have it
hot enough next springs, (tides,) which begin on Friday or
Saturday." [Thomas Wells, Jun., to Henry Laurens.]
We extract from a journal of Timothy, comprised in a
letter to Henry Laurens.
" 13th March. In my last I acquainted you that I saw a
fleet of transports coming out of Edisto. The same day 19
ships and 1 brig of that fleet entered Stono, (without troops)
most of which are now behind Hutson's house. Two other
ships, with a brig, a schooner, and a sloop of the same fleet,
came to the fleet off our bar. Yesterday, 4 more ships came
out of Edisto, 3 of which anchored off Stono, and the 4th
came off the bar ; where the fleet now consists of 3 two
deckers, 2 frigates, 2 20 gun ships, the Germaine, a galley, a
small sloop, and six transport-cats, which serve as lighters to
the two deckers. At Hutson's there are 35 sail, of which 15
are ships and 4 brigs. Besides, there must be about 15 other
square-rigged vessels in different parts of Stono river. Fri-
day, (as I suspected, the day before, the movement of a body,)
about noon, a considerable number of the enemy appeared
at Lining's plantation at Wappoo. In the afternoon they
had a camp all the way from the back of Hervey's. Sunday
morning, by daylight, they had a battery at Wappoo, with
six embrazures facing our westward works. By 7 o'clock,
they had a heavy cannon mounted. The Lee and Bretigny
gallies being placed in that quarter the day before, they fired
upon the work, but it was wasting ammunition. By the 11th,