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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
for about two miles near the bank of the Ashley; I suppose
to cover their stores, rather than to annoy us from them.
Their grenadiers, light troops, and two or three regiments
are moving up. By our last accounts, they were near Dray-
ton Hall. . . . We anxiously wish the arrival of Gen. Wood-
ford and the expected reinforcements." [Gen. Lincoln to
Henry Laurens.]
" 26th March. Nothing important has occurred since I had
the pleasure of writing to you yesterday. The wind has not
enough of easting in it for the purpose of the British fleet,
and it continues in its former station. No report from our
out-posts, from whence we conclude, that matters are in statu
quo on the land side. We have begun to sink the obstruc-
tions in Cooper river. The Notre Dame, scuttled near
Schultz's Folly, lies as well as we could possibly wish, and
will make a fine point of support. The reinforcement of sai-
lors is an immense acquisition. It is true that they were a
little riotous and disorderly before they were, quartered, as
seamen generally regard themselves as licensed on shore ; but
now that they are stationed under the conduct of their own
officers, proper discipline will be maintained. . . . General
Lincoln gives me the command of a handsome battalion of
light infar try. The project of the Janizaries has been fre-
quently urged since you departed, and supported by new
arguments arising from our circumstances ; but as the House
of Assembly, in their wisdom, pronounced that it was pre-
mature when proposed to them, and that it ought to be
adopted only in the last extremity, the Privy Council, in
their wisdom, declared that the seasonable moment was
passed, and that the plan ought to be renounced altogether.
However, we shall succeed in spite of their languor, and our
independence will be established in spite of the avarice, the
prejudice and the pusillanimity which oppose" [illegible.]
[Col. John Laurens.]
26th March. The enemy are advancing slowly. The
head of their army is about John Cattel's ; but I imagine
they intend crossing over to Gibbs's place with their main
body They are busily employed on the opposite shore in
making fascines and other things. I suppose it will be a clay
or two yet, before they appear before our lines. They have