Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
Fort Moultrie. Allowing that three or four hundred of the
North-Carolina militia should go, I am very confident our
force will considerably exceed 4,000. The lines of Savannah
were not so strong, and pretty nearly as extensive as ours, and
we have fully double their number to defend our works. We
have in town about 250 pieces of artillery, of different bores,
and abundance of ammunition. Should that run scarce, the
enemy will, in some degree, assist us with theirs. That is to
say we can return them. We have a prospect of a reinforce-
ment of 1,200 veterans of the Virginia Line being here in ten
days, who, even if we should at that time be blockaded, may
as effectually assist us as if they were within the lines. These
considerations give ample room for expectations of a glorious
and successful defence. . . . In a situation like ours, we
are apt to form conjectures of future operations on the part of
the enemy. Take the trouble, then, to attend to some of
mine. Their force on the south of Ashley river I apprehend
is about 5,000 men. The corps under the command of Brig-
adier-General Patterson, from Georgia, consists of the 71st, a
battalion of Hessians, the South-Carolina, North-Carolina, and
Georgia loyalists, perhaps amounting in the whole to 1,000
or 1,200 men. We will estimate their whole effective land
force at 6,000 men. Their shipping inside of our bar is the
Renown 50, Roebuck 44, Romulus 44, Blonde 36, Raleigh
32, three other frigates of 28, with the Camilla and Perseus
20 gun ships. These, with two gallies and some attending
store-ships or transports are just now in Five Fathom Hole.
About forty sail of transports are now in Stono river. Two
galleys, one of them the Congress, taken in Georgia, are now
in the mouth of Wappoo Creek, within pistol shot of Ashley
river. The crews of the ten men-of-war and four gallies I
think may be 3,000 men ; to which you may add a few hun-
dred that may be drawn from the transports to assist in the
batteries. We will then estimate their whole efficient num-
bers at 9,000. Their works on James Island and .the Main
will require all the sailors they can get from the transports
and near 1,000 of their land forces ; 5,000 of the latter are to
be detached for other services. What these are to be, must
claim our attention. Some movements took place yesterday,
and signal guns were fired last night. A party of light infan-