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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
try were yesterday forenoon at the Church (?)- Bridge, a little
below Ashley Ferry ; two or three gallies or gun boats from
Georgia, were (perhaps now are) at Jacksonborough, doubt-
less with a view to facilitate the corps under Patterson in
crossing. The detachment from the main body may be to
reinforce the corps at Bacon's Bridge ; thence to proceed on
` the Neck,' or, as they have most of their horse in that corps,
to forage the country. The latter appears to me most prob-
able ; they are full as averse to hunger (?) as we are, and this
is certainly the best as well as the safest game they can play.
Our horse are, indeed, thereabouts, but nothing more can be
expected from them than obliging the enemy to keep pretty
close together. The gallies remaining so open' to our view,
appears to me calculated to excite a jealousy in us for our left
flank, and to draw off our attention from some very different
manoeuvres. The passage from James Island to Haddrill's
Point is now entirely open. Boats are said to be collected
behind Fort Johnson. The first southern or S. E. wind will
bring such of their shipping as they may choose past Fort
Moultrie. Under their protection, (though, indeed, it is not
required, yet their apprehensions may suggest otherwise,) the
passage of 2,000 men may be effected, and those of Patterson,
by a circuit of forty miles from Dorchester, may join them.
The town' will then have only one avenue, and that a hazard-
ous one, and Fort Moultrie will be entirely blockaded. In-
deed, I am almost fully convinced that something like what I
have now suggested is their plan of operations." [John Wells,
Jun ]
24th March. Charleston, 12 o'clock, (midnight.) I be-
lieve it was on Wednesday morning that I wrote to you last.
The position of the English fleet the day before underwent
very little alteration that day. Our armed vessels that were
ordered up, in consequence of the 64 gun ship having got
over the bar, did not all get up ; no less than four of them
got ashore ! Till ten o'clock that day, I never saw a British
soldier at either of the Horry's, but now they appeared in
plenty at both. In the course of the day they began and fin-
ished a redoubt, near Lining's Landing, and began another at
Elias Horry's landing, called . Old Town. This day reckoned
the shipping as high as Hutson's house, and they amounted to