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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
their respective officers. The Bricole, the Truite, the Queen
of France, the Notre Dame, and some smaller hulks, to be
sunk across the channel of Cooper river, from the Exchange
Battery to Schultz's Folly, which is the narrowest part and
best defended. These several hulks to form points of support
for a boom made of cables and spars, to be stretched across.
I was of opinion, and still am, that an obstruction might be
formed, without sacrificing so many ships—but the gentlemen
of the navy know best. The general, I am in hopes, will
cause a battery to be constructed on the southern point of
Schultz's Folly—the ground will admit of it, and we still
have time. This, with the boom, and the batteries from
Broughton's bastion to the Exchange, will exclude the enemy's
ships from Cooper river. As long as this is the case, the
enemy cannot complete their investiture. We have an open-
ing to receive succours, refreshments, &c., and even for retreat,
in case of the last necessity. The Boston, Providence, Ranger,
and galleys are to lie dismantled by the walls—their guns
and crews, with those of the other ships, have made our
batteries very formidable. . . . The engineers have been
working very diligently on the right of our lines. A very
respectable battery is raised on the foundation of the old In-
dian fort at Mazyck's, called Liberty Battery, in honour of the
tree which formerly stood there. Immense traverses, or rather
par a dos, (literally back-shields,) are constructed, which
make our militia men feel bold. . . . The wind is westerly,
and the enemy's ships remain in Five Fathom Hole. We
have a ten inch mortar at Fort Moultrie, which, if it does not
destroy, will at least frighten and disconcert some of them in
their progress. Their army seems to be busied in establish-
ing communications and strengthening the position of Wap-
poo Neck. Two galleys appear in the creek under cover of
their battery, but no show has yet been made of passing
Ashley river." [Col John Laurens.]

We must not lose sight of the pregnant remark of Mr.
Timothy—" We generally begin things too late, or are too
long about them." Undoubtedly the monstrous error was in
not opposing the physical obstructions to the passage of the