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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
she enfiladed the English camp for several hours ; which was
briskly answered by field pieces from the camp." [De
" 16th April, Two 18 pounders, a quantity of provisions -
and other valuable articles, were got out. of the wreck of the
vessel near Fort Moultrie. It is said the enemy attempted to
land on Hobcaw Neck from two gun-boats, but were prevent-
ed by Col. Malmedy (Captain Theus). Cannonading, &c.,
on both sides, all day and night, as usual. The New church
steeple struck by a 24 lb. ball from James's Island battery.
Pitt's arm broke off, &c. Major Hogg, with detachment of
men, ordered over this night to Lempriere's Point."
The statue of Wm. Pitt stood in the centre of the space
between St. Michael's Church and the Court House. Ac-
cording to the tradition we remember to have heard, a shell
struck the steeple of St. Michael's, took off the arm of the
statue, and opened for itself a grave in the street, in which
several men might have been buried.
" 17th April. The enemy enfiladed the town on all sides
last night, and then threw a great quantity of bombs, some-
times from 15 to 20 at once. We worked upon our counter-
mine (C). We received intelligence from our detachment at
Lempriere's, that 1000 or 1.500 of the enemy, under Gen.
Lord Cornwallis, had passed Monk's Corner, Strawberry,
13onneau's Ferry and Wappetaw, and actually arrived within
six miles of the said post. This morning the enemy's second
parallel was prolonged towards our left, supplied with bags of
earth and full of chasseurs." [De Brahm.]
" 17th April. An inhabitant of the town killed, and a
woman wounded, in bed together. The approaches continued
to the right. The enemy advanced their bomb batteries to
within 800 yards of our line." [McIntosh.]
" 18th April. The enemy continues approaching fast, and
firing from their cannon, mortars and small arms. We
advanced a small breast-work, nearly fronting the square
redoubt, for riflemen, to annoy the enemy in their approach-
es. Mr. Ph. Neyle, aid-de-camp to Gen. Moultrie, killed by