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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
" 7th April. At half-past 3 o'clock, the British fleet got
under weigh, the Admiral in the Roebuck was the headmost
ship, and the Renown brought up the rear ; the Romulus with
four frigates and two smaller vessels in a line in the centre.
Each of the ships gave the fort a broadside, and one of the
frigates had her foretopmast carried away by a shot from the
fort, which saluted them in very quick succession, so that in a
few minutes both fort and passing ships were enveloped in
smoke. No other visible damage done to the enemy, and in
about three-quarters of an hour from their weighing, they
cast anchor again under Fort Johnson, thence extending
towards Hog Island. The Roebuck was afterwards obliged to
come upon a careen. A vessel, supposed to be a store ship,
got aground about a mile and a half from the fort, upon which
Col. Pinckney sent to Haddrill's Point a couple of field pieces,
which played upon her so quickly that the hands were obliged
to take to their boats and then set her on fire.
This afternoon, Gen. Woodford's brigade arrived in very
good time, for yesterday the time of the North-Carolina mili-
tia expired, and they refused to do any farther duty." [John
Lewis Gervais.]
" 8th April. Last night the enemy commenced a battery
of six pieces. All our workmen employed in making tra-
verses. A quarter of an hour before sunset, the British fleet
passed Fort Moultrie under a heavy fire on both sides, and
anchored in a line near Fort Johnson. No person killed or
'wounded in Fort Moultrie. The fleet consisted of the follow-
ing vessels—one of 50 guns, two of 40, four frigates ; two
vessels armed ' en flute,' and two other smaller ones. One of
those armed en flute, grounded on a bank called ` the Green."
[De Brahm.]
8th April. The cannonade from the garrison is continued
night and day, to retard the enemy's works ; they are, not-
withstanding, constantly employed carrying on their approaches
and finishing their batteries ; and their batteries over Ashley
river, and their gallies from Wappoo Creek, pay us in kind, es-
pecially at night. The Charlestown militia are ordered from
the right of the lines to the South Bay, as formerly. Gen.
Hogan takes their place in the lines ; Gen. Woodford on his
left, &c." [McIntosh.]