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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
will make a valiant defence. Col. Laurens, I am told, came tip last night, and is gone to Fort Moultrie this morning."
[John Lewis Gervais.]
23d March. The same as yesterday, at work ; and the
enemy busy at their works, south side Ashley river. Very
cold, windy, rainy, and stormy. Gallies came through Wap-
poo Cut. One sub., one serjealit one corporal, and twenty-
five privates, ordered to relieve Ashley ferry, last time."
[Mcln tosh.]
" About the middle of March," says Tarleton, " Gen. Pat-
terson crossed the Savannah river, and on his march towards
the Combahee, through swamps and difficult passes, had fre-
quent skirmishes with the militia of the country."" 23d March. In the afternoon (Tuesday) the shipping
came up to town, Col. Laurens on board, for the purpose, as
is said, of placing their men and guns in the batteries ; and in
the evening Col. Ternant arrived Col. Ternant
seems to be of opinion that, if we are tolerably active, the en-
emy will find it a very tedious affair to subdue this town."
[Moses Young to H. Laurens.]
Col. Ternant had been despatched' to Havana with the hope
of obtaining assistance for the defence of Charleston. We
have before us a copy of his letter to Lincoln, informing him
of the cause which rendered his mission fruitless. It is dated March 23, 1780.
" 23d March. General Lillington, with his North. Carolina
militia, all went home, except about one hundred and seventy
volunteers of them. who aoreed to stav under the command
of -Col. Lytle. Major Habersham appointed their major.
Cold, clear weather." [McIntosh.]
"24th March. Charleston. The absolute impracticability
of our shipping being adequate to the defence of the channel
between Sullivan's and Morris's Islands, has produced a rein-
forcement of 150 pieces of artillery, and 1,100 seamen to the
garrison. With these additions, we are at least 4,500 strong
exclusive of negro labourers and assistants to the artillery,
which make full 1,000 more. About 500 of these may be at