Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
and some at their shipping at Fort Johnson, without effect."
`• 9th April. A continued series of fatigues, hard duty and
want of rest, incident to a besieged garrison, has been our lot
in a very high degree for these last ten days past. . .
The three Virginia regiments arrived here a few days ago,
and wear the appearance of what they are in reality—hardy
veterans. A salvo from 13 pieces of artillery and a loud
hurra, apprised the besieging army of this reinforcement. In-
deed, they were sufficiently apprised of it by the vessels, elev-
en in number, coming down Cooper river with them. An op-
portunity was unfortunately given, by marching the whole
corps, in regular order, to their encampments, to ascertain their
precise number ; which, not according with the expectations
almost universally entertained, may have been the occasion of
several desertions which happened the same night. . . Extreme
caution marks the conduct of Sir Harry. Even at Wappoo,
there are lines of communication between his works. . .
To speak freely of our works, they cannot be considered in any
other light than patch work,--no regular system can be traced.
The enemy have discovered much Judgment in the position
they have taken ; for, till they had demonstrated the truth of
the epithet given above, by fire, and our guns being brought
to bear on their works, it would have [been] deemed heresy
to have suggested this idea. Nothing could be more evident
than that a strong battery would be erected at Rampstead
Hill ; yet, when it struck our sight in the morning, only two
guns could be brought to bear. The error, or fault, had been
attended to the day before, and a battery of three guns were
then set about, 100 yards to the westward of the Indian Fort.
These five guns have been almost incessantly employed, and
have retarded this work of the enemy very considerably. In-
deed, they have found more trouble there than any where
else. Some shells have been thrown exceedingly well into
it. . . . As far as I can learn, there are covered ways or
lines of communication between all the British works on the
Neck. They will summon, I apprehend, in a day or two.
The answer is obvious. On the next night a bombardment
will commence, and an incessant cannonade from all quarters,