Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
" 3d April. The enemy are now before our lines, and
throwing up works very fast. They have four redoubts
abreast finished ; one at the broad road at Watson's ; one at
Hampstead, where St. Edmond Head's house stood ; and one
between these two ; another they have on our left near Cum-
ing's point. I suppose, to-night, they will have one where
Taggart's house stood. We began to cannonade them yes-
terday, and shall continue every day. Their batteries are not
yet opened ; but I suppose to-morrow or next day they will
begin. Then you will hear a great deal of noise, but there
is very little danger from this sort of fighting. I hope the
obstructions laid across our river, before the Exchange, will
deter their shipping from coming up. We have established a
hospital at Cainhoy Meeting House, for all those who are not
able to do duty to repair to. I forgot to mention to you that
the women walk out from town to the lines with all the com-
posure imaginable, to see us cannonade the enemy ; but I
fancy when the enemy begin, they will make themselves
pretty scarce. We had a skirmish with the enemy on their
approach to our lines. Col. Laurens commanded a corps of
light troops, and fought them two or three hours. Several
were killed and wounded on both sides, and was obliged to
retire within the lines. Major Hyrne was wounded in this
skirmish." [Moultrie.]
" 4th April. This morning discovered to us the enemy's
battery very much injured." [De Brahin.]
" 4th April. Several deserters came in to us within this
three or four days past, who say that on Thursday' last the
enemy had upwards of twenty men killed and wounded
among the last was Lord St. Clair and a Lt. Col. ; and that
they were bringing their heavy cannon on the Neck. The
cannonading from our batteries continues day and night,
Two ten-inch and one seven-inch mortar are removed from
the Bay to play upon them. They are all this day hard at
work, finishing their batteries, redoubts, and throwing up
lines of communication. A sortie, to be commanded by Gen.
Scott, Col. Clark, Lt. Col. Laurens, &c., was intended, but was
not put into execution. Fine weather. The continental ship
Ranger and the French ship cannonaded the enemy's works