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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
wounded. The enemy must have lost many. Their view
seemingly was to draw our men over the river into the woods.
They were all this day ferrying their troops over from Wap-
poo Neck to Gibbs's." [McIntosh.]
" 30th March. Capt. Elphinstone of the navy having sta-
tioned the gallies to protect the boats on their passage with
the troops to the Neck, twelve miles above Charleston, the
main body of the forces moved from their ground, embarked
and crossed the river on the 29th of March, without opposi-
tion. On the following day, Sir Henry Clinton ordered the
light infantry and yagers, supported by the grenadiers, and
the other corps and regiments, to gain the principal road, and
move on towards the lines of the enemy. A few scattered
parties of the Americans skirmished with the head of the
column, and after wounding the Earl of Caithness, acting
aid-de-camp to the commander-in-chief, and a few private
men, fell back to their fortifications. The royal army, with-
out further molestation, took a position across the Neck, about
a mile and a half from Charleston, and effectually invested it
between the rivers Ashley and Cooper." [Tarleton.]
" 31st March. At day break, we observed that the enemy
had opened his trenches." [De Brahrn.]
" 31st March. The garrison busily employed throwing up
works, mounting cannon, &c., all clay. The enemy first
broke ground this night at a considerable distance—say 10 to
1200 yards. Fine weather. Gen. Scott arrived without
troops." [McIntosh.]
" 31st March. The enemy were upon the Neck about 10
or 12 o'clock yesterday morning. Col. Laurens was at Gibbs's,
and began a skirmish with them, retreating towards the rope
walk. The enemy had a field piece. A reinforcement was
sent to him, and two field pieces, and then he drove the
enemy back out of the little breast-work above Kirkland's.
In the evening he returned to town. Major Byrne was
wounded, in the beginning of the skirmish, in the face ; the
wound not dangerous. One Capt. Bowman, of the North-
Carolina troops, was killed in the afternoon with a cannon
ball, and we had seven privates wounded, one only dangerous-
ly, through the thigh. We brought off all the wounded and
the body of Captain Bowman. Several of the enemy were