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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
on our right, from Town Creek, which was returned by two
24 pounders from their field pieces. Wolf-pits begun, and
additional works in the gorge of the horn work." [McIntosh.]
"4th April. This morning another work appeared at the
enemy's left, at Hampstead, on a rising piece of ground. This
obliged us to make a traverse opposite to it to secure our new
lines near Liberty Tree. Our continental frigate, the Ranger,
was sent up Town Creek to cannonade this work, but she made
very bad shots. The enemy fired at her with field pieces,
with more skill, hit her two or three times and obliged her to
sheer off Now an expedition was determined on, to send
three armed vessels to take' them (the British) en reverse,
whilst a detachment of the garrison, under command of Col.
Laurens, were to endeavour to take possession of this work
and destroy it. During the afternoon we kept a brisk fire at
their works and threw a few shells at them. But the wind
being contrary, the vessels were not got up after sunset, which
I am afraid will frustrate the intended expedition altogether ;
at least it will render it more precarious to-morrow. Luckily
the enemy's shipping is not come up yet. The wind has been
westerly all day." [John Lewis Gervais.]
4th April. Tuesday morning, (4th,) the Ranger was order-
ed up Cooper river to discover the situation of the enemy's
battery on Hampstead Ilill, upon which depended the propri-
ety of a sally from our lines (against that work) of 500 men,
who were held in readiness to act as soon as a certain signal
should be made by Captain Simpson. When he got within
the reach of the enemy he began to fire, and a very heavy
cannonade commenced from our lines. This was continued
until the Panger received a shot in her bow from a field-piece
brought to the side of the river by the British troops. She
then returned, and Major Clarkson, who was sent in her by
the General, reported that the enemy's work on Hampstead
Hill was enclosed ; the intended sortie was laid aside. The
cannonade was renewed from our lines and continued without
intermission all ruesday, principally directed against the
Hampstead battery, which was very much damaged. and the
embrazures, 7 in number, destroyed. We kept up the fire
during the night, and prevented the enemy from bringing
their guns to that place, as asserted by two deserters who