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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
Pinckney's house, Mrs. Elfe's, the corner of King-street, Tho-
mas Shubrick's, upon the ` Green,' Col. Skirving's, near the
Governor's, received a shot each, and one 321b. ball fell in the
Governor's yard. The bullets whistled thick by my house,
but I received no damage." [John Lewis Gervais.]
"7th April. Last night the .enemy erected another work
near Ashley river. About 11 o'clock they began a heavy
cannonade from the same quarter as last night. They fired
at least a hundred shot. They killed one man in King-street,
a carpenter named Morrow, just as he was going out of his
house. Several houses were damaged by 24 and 321b. shot;
among them, Mr. Ferguson's ; next to him, Gen. McIntosh's
quarters, in which he had two horses killed ; Mr. Lowndes's
houseā€”he was at the lines ; Daniel Horry's houses enter
bridges (?) ; Capt. Stuart's, Lenox's, Thomas Fuller's, and
several others in King-street. The firing continued till about
3 o'clock this morning. My house has again escaped." [John
Lewis Gervais.]
" 7th April. Very little fire from our batteries last night,
and none on the part of the enemy. The enemy has pro-
longed the right of the first parallel. All our workmen em-
ployed in digging wells." [De Brahm.]
" 7th April. This afternoon twelve sail of the enemy's
shipping passed Fort Moultrie, under a very heavy cannonade
from the fort, which was smartly returned from each of the
ships as they passed singly. One of. them, a large store ship,
ran aground in the Cove, and was blown up by her own people.
One fifty and two forty-four gun ships, four frigates, two ships
supposed to be transports, a scl;ooner and a sloop, anchored
under Fort Johnson. Ships remained in Five Fathom Hole.
The damage done the shipping is uncertain ; but not a man
hurt in the fort." [McIntosh.]
" 7th April. The Virginians are now landing at Gadsden's
wharf. . . . No doubt you heard the firing yesterday.
It was the British men-of-war, passing Fort Moultrie. They
are now lying by Fort Johnson. The fort has damaged them n
a little and obliged them to burn one got on shore. We can-
not tell whether it is a man-of-war or a store ship, but we see
the people from the fort are very busy in picking up their
plunder." [Moultrie.]