Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
wherever in view, and find their n'imber amounts to 121, viz :
in Stono river, back of Hutson's house, 73 ; lower down that
river, 6 ; just within the entrance, gone thither to-day, 1 gal-
ley, 3 sloops, (the Providence-man, one that came in this
morning, and one that joined them in going,) 4 ; in Wappoo
Creek, just at the entrance into Ashley river, 3 gallies, 1
schooner, 4 ; at the brick yard landing, in said creek, 2
schooners ; within and off the bar, 32 ; total, 121. Of which,
the vessels of war are (reckoning only their batteries)—I of
50 guns ; (the ship all along taken for a 64, f: om the dispro-
portion in her size to that of the 44's. Captain Engs, who
has seen her, says it, is the Renown, which is remarkably
large.) 2 of 44; frigates of 26, generally called 32 ; 4 20
gun ships ; the Germaine, of 16 or 18 small guns ; 2 brigs,
one of 16, the other, 1 believe, the Keppel, of like force, came
in to-day ; 1 armed sloop, of 10, also arrived to-day ; 4 gal-
lies, 1 of 7, 1 of 5, 1 of 4, and 1 of 11 guns. One of our
vessels, the Notre Dame, has been sunk this evening ; the
other vessels are not yet ready. They are the hricole, the
Truite, the Queen of France, the ships James and Thomas.
We generally begin things too late, or are too long about
them !" [Timothy.]
" 25th March. We have made traverses to the right of
our lines, and a battery of six guns is finished near Liberty
Tree, which commands Town Creek. To-day we have begun
a battery near Commin's Creek, which will command a
point of land at Cannon's (?) place. Since the continental
vessels are come up and the guns taken out and placed in our
batteries, we are certainly strong—particularly as the seamen
will be sufficient to man the different batteries, and the troops
will be all employed for the defence of the lines. But, un-
luckily, many of the North-Carolina militia's times expired
yesterday. We offered a bounty of 300 dollars and a suit of
clothes to those who will continue for 3 months longer. It is
said two or three hundred have engaged to remain, but the
greater number are going away, which is not to be wondered
at when General Lillington will not stay himself. I think, in
our present situation, it would be justifiable to detain them
till the relief arrived. We have no accounts yet from the
Virginia Line. I am sure the enemy have been very gene-