Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
the Notre Dame having got up also, the enemy fired at her
the fourth shot hit and went through her; the 3d fell into
the marsh, between Cumming's and the hospital, was taken
up, and weighed 32 lbs. The 5th fell near the sugar house.
The Notre Dame was obliged to remove ; the galleys followed
in the afternoon, and one of them was fired at. This was yes-
terday afternoon, 4 o'clock. Immediately after, upwards of
200 pioneers went to work, uncovered, completed that face of
the battery, and an entrenchment northerly of it. They also
laid abbatis round the lines at Hutson's. This afternoon, the
generals, &c., visited the battery (Sir Henry there.) This
morning (13th) I saw them relieve their guards, when 100
marched away" towards Hervey's. At 9, 250 went from the
battery on fatigue duty ; they have been all day employed in
fetching pickets at some distance, with which they are enclos-
ing the back of the battery. They are giving it extension by
a face to the creek. (They began to work as soon as our
gallies came off yesterday.) There has been a grand caval-
cade of generals, &c., at Wappoo. They staid some hours
on the end of the wharf, till a cutter came down, surveyed
and sounded the- mouth, and found it unobstructed, when
they all went off with an appearance of satisfaction which
their countenances did not indicate before. James Simpson,
Esq., was among them (?)." [Timothy.]
" 14th March. The British fleet has probably renounced
the idea of passing the bar till the next spring tides. They
continue in their stations. The enemy's operations on the
land side plainly indicate their intention to carry on a siege
in form. In the course of the night of the eleventh, they
erected a battery with six embrazures, near the mouth of
Wappoo Cut, and mounted a twenty-four pounder the next
clay. They fired it, to try the range, and the shot dropt at
the edge of the bank at Cumming's Point. Our gallies inter-
rupted their work on the 12th, by firing now and then. The
Notre Dame, by a mistake of orders, and ignorant of her
danger, sailed up Ashley river, and anchored directly opposite
to the battery. The enemy fired several well-directed shot at
her—the last struck her upper works, but luckily did no ma-
terial damage, and missed the crew. Upon this, the captain
took the hint to change his station. The enemy's transports