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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
Transcription 120 SOUTH-CAROLINA IN THE REVOLUTION.
by spars and booms, were employed to block up the channels,
and piles and pickets were fixed in the ground at all the
landing places to prevent any debarkation from boats. The
whole extent was likewise covered by batteries formed of earth
and palmetto wood, judiciously placed, and mounted with
heavy cannon." [Campaigns, cfc.]
" l lth April. Our batteries kept up a great deal of fire
last night. The enemy had repaired his batteries and mount-
ed some cannon. Finished the battery (M) in the redoubt.
Our workmen employed in making traverses and strengthen-
ing the profiles of some works. rllhis evening Major Gil bank
was accidentally killed in making some experiments with
shells." [De Brahm.]
" 1 lth April. The enemy use double diligence now in
completing their works and mounting their cannon ; whilst
we ply them with our cannon and mortars as usual ; and
they, from their gallies and batteries west side of Ashley river,
in return." [McIntosh.
Tarleton says : " On the rejection of the summons, the
batteries were opened, and soon obtained a superiority over
those of the town. In a note, he says, they were opened the
next day after the rejection of the demand for surrender.
"12th April. Very little firing last night. The enemy
had more cannon mounted. The workmen employed as be-
fore. Our sailors employed in elevating the parapet near
`Exchange battery,' ((_>,) and making embrasures to it. At 12
o'clock, M., three shallops passed Fort Moultrie and joined the
fleet, although fired upon all the time by the fort." [De
Brahm.]
" 12th April. The same as yesterday on both sides. It is
said several flat-bottomed boats were hauled on land, by
the enemy, across ` the Neck,' from Ashley to Cooper river.
This day, Gen. Lincoln sent for the general officers to his mar-
quee, and presented a letter to them directed to Gov. Rut-
ledge,—which they all signed, signifying their opinion, in
support of the General's (already given) that the Governor,
and part of the Council, at least, ought to leave the garrison, for many substantial reasons." [McIntosh.]
13th April. Very little firing last night. This morning,