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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
down Ashley river to the fleet, under a heavy fire from our
batteries ; one lost her main-mast. This night the communi-
cation [D] is made from the battery of the French sailors (Q)
to the town." [De Brahm.]
" 19th April. The enemy continued their approaches to
our right, within 250 yards of the front of the square re-
doubt ; and began an approach from the left battery towards
our advanced redoubt, or half moan battery, and moved
some of their mortars into the latter. A considerable party
of them showed themselves before our post at Lempriere's
this morning, but soon retreated upon giving them some
.cannon shot. Our party there was too small to pursue them.
Gen, Scott mounted some men upon his own and other offi-
cers' horses, to reconnoitre them and get intelligence ; and
then, being sent for, set off for town to a council of war,
which met this morning at Gen. Moultrie's quarters, having
attempted it repeatedly before at Gen. Lincoln's, but as often
interrupted so much that we could come to no determination,
or do any business—(also to accommodate Col. Lamey, who
was sick.) Besides the general - officers at this council, Col.
Lamey and Col. Beekman were called to it to represent the
engineer and artillery departments ; and Col. Simons, as com-
mandant of the town military ; when the subject first pro-
posed to be considered upon the 13th inst., and several times
since at our meetings, was again offered by Gen. Lincoln, and
the returns of the army commissaries, provisions, &c., laid be-
fore the council, with charge of. the greatest secrecy in that,
as well as any determination that may be taken. Some gen-
tlemen seemed still inclined to evacuation, notwithstanding the
difficulty appeared much greater now, than when formerly
(first) mentioned, which was my opinion also, and I proposed
leaving the militia for the guards, &c., in garrison, until the
continental troops left the city, but was carried against us by
arguments of Col. Lamey, and for offering terms of capitula-
tion. In the midst of our conference, the Lieut. Governor,
Gadsden, happened to come in whether by accident or de-
sign, is not known—and Gen. Lincoln proposed that he might
be allowed to sit as one of the council. IIe appeared surprised
and displeased that we had entertained a thought of capi-
tulation, or evacuating the garrison, and he acknowledged