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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
of militia artillery (town) by two of our cannon going off
while they were loading them. Capt. Ilill says our horse
were surprised this day at Monk's Corner." [McIntosh.]
" This was a shameful surprise," says Moultrie. See Tarle-
ton's account of it; the effect of this disaster was to cut off
all supplies from the garrison, and to enable the British to
close effectually the only remaining outlet by Cooper river.
"15th April. Fire from the batteries and works as before.
The enemy had a bomb battery (P).. Their second parallel
commenced and manned by the chasseurs, who kept up a con-
tinued fire upon our lines." [De Brahm.]
" 15th April. The enemy continue approaching fast on
our right. Our mortars are ordered to the right to annoy
them. A continual fire of small arms, cannon and mortars
from the enemy. A battery of two guns opened by the ene-.
emy at Stiles's place on James's Island, which played con-
stantly on the town ; distance across, 82 chain. Many of the
enemy's boats hauled over the Neck into Town Creek. Two
of them, mounted with brass cannon, carne down the creek
this morning, and fired at the Ranger and Adventure." [Mc-
" 15th April. We have accounts as late as the 15th, which
was Saturday at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. The enemy con-
tinued the cannonade, but did very little damage. There was
no other house burnt, and only two men killed, of Woodford's
brigade, and one Lt. Campbell of the Georgia battalion."
[John Lewis Gervais.]
Tarleton writes :
" Soon after the middle of April, the second parallel was
carried within 450 yards of the enemy's main works, new bat-
teries were constructed, and all the communications were se-
cured." [Campaigns.]
16th April. In addition to his usual fire, the enemy open-
ed his new battery (N). Last night we extended from our
redoubt (M) a counter-mine with a small parallel (C) whence
we could return the fire of the enemy's musketry. This eve-
ning one of our gallies ascended Cooper river to a place where