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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
Transcription SOUTH-CAROLINA IN THE REVOLUTION. 121
the enemy's battery (F) was finished ; those marked (I) and
(L) not quite. The trenches (A. and B) extended. This
morning, at 9 o'clock, the enemy opened his batteries, firing
bombs, carcasses, red hot balls, which was returned with all
our force from the batteries. This lasted about two hours,
when the firing abated on both sides, till about 5 o'clock,
when all the fire was on the side of the enemy. We had
one 18 pounder dismounted, and two houses burnt. Our
workmen employed as before." [De Brahm.]
" 13th April. On Thursday, (13th,) about 9 o'clock in the
morning, the enemy opened their batteries against the town.
About 12 o'clock, I left it with the Governor, Col. Pinckney
and Daniel Huger ; it having been determined, some days be-
fore, that we should leave Charlestown, to preserve the execu-
tive authority of the State, in case the town should be entirely
blockaded. Gen. Gadsden is chosen Lt. Governor, and re-
mains in Charleston with five of the Privy Council, more to
satisfy the citizens than [because of] the propriety of the
measure. When we left town, a child of Myer Moses, with
its nurse, at Ansonboro', were killed, and one man of Gen.
Hogan's brigade who would stay upon the ramparts as a bra-
vado. The corner house where Mrs. Ball lived, and Daniel
Legare's house, were burning when we left town. The fire
took by accident; some negroes were boiling pitch, and when
the cannonade began they left the pitch, which took fire. In
the afternoon, it is reported Myer Moses's house was burnt,
either by a carcass or the bursting of a shell." [John Lewis
Gervais.]
" 13th April. All the general officers were called by Gen.
Lincoln to his quarters this morning, where he gave us the
first idea of the state of the garrison, the men, provisions,
stores, artillery, &c., in it ; the little hopes he had of any sue- .
tour of consequence, and the opinion of the engineers respect-
ing our fortifications,—that -that they were only field works, or
lines, and could hold out but few days more. With every in-
formation he could obtain of the numbers, strength of the
enemy, &c., he was compelled to take up the idea of evacua-
ting the garrison :—when, without hesitation, I gave it as my
own opinion, that as we were so unfortunate as to suffer our-
selves to be penned up in the town, and cut off from all re-
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