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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
57, near 40 of them ships. The Bricole and all our gallies'
cannon were landed to be mounted in town. Advice was re-
ceived that fifty of our militia were surprised in a tavern near
Salkehatchie Bridge ; some were shot, some bayoneted, some
are missing, and the enemy got fifteen horses. Report was
also received that Cornet Hart and his brother, of Horry's
light horse, being out with a party, and meeting with some of the enemy, rode off to them. Thursday, 23d March. The
64 gun ship, in the morning early, cast off her lighter, and
swayed up her main yard. 9 o'clock, a number of tents are
taken out of T. Horry's and carried beyond E. Horry's house.
The redoubt, begun at the latter's landing last night, was com-
pleted by 10 this morning ; half past 10, Lord Cornwallis and
a Hessian general, with the usual attendants, with spy glasses,
&c., viewed the several works and seemed to pay particular
attention to Gibbes's place next to Williams's ; 15 wagons, 10
without bodies, I suppose to carry boats, went from Lining's
to the brick yard landing, but I could never perceive their re-
turn. A ship and a brig came in to the fleet this day, and a
Providence man-of-war yesterday 4 P.M. The two British gallies in Wappoo came down to the mouth of
that creek before the battery there. One of them mounts 4
guns in the waist, 2 in the prow, and 1 in the stern ; the other
(the largest) has two prow guns, 1 in the stern, and only two
small ones in her waist. I expected they would have slipped
up Ashley river in the night, where they might have covered
the landing on this side, at what place they pleased ; but they
had not moved this morning. This day the continental frigate
landed thirty guns, and we shall also have the use of her sea-
men. Other vessels are unrigging, &c., to be made a proper use of from the market wharf across to the marsh. Friday, 24th March. This morning the North-Carolina militia laid
down their arms ! their time being expired, and several of our
speculators, who have amassed thousands, are very much in-
disposed.* It has been very foggy at sea all day. I had only
one view of the fleet at eight in the morning, and shall subjoin
their position, which was not altered this evening. Their gal-

* The imputation here is, that they feigned sickness, in order to be sent out of the city with their treasures.—Ed.