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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
Transcription 130 SOUTH-CAROLINA IN THE REVOLUTION.
right. Four of the enemy's gallies that lay in Wappoo creek,
and came into Ashley river almost every night since 4th inst.,
went down about 9 o'clock this night to their shipping and
Fort Johnson, under a very heavy firing from all our batteries,
west and south of the town. The enemy retreated from Hob
caw across Wappoo bridge, &c." [McIntosh.]
" 21st April. Fire from the batteries as usual. This morn-
ing the enemy had commenced two batteries (R and S) near
their second parallel." [DeBrahm.]
" 21st April. A flag sent from us to Gen. Clinton, re-
quiring a truce for six hours, to consider upon terms of capit-
ulation ; which is granted, and afterwards prolonged by mes-
sengers.
" The articles proposed and sent by Gen. Lincoln, were
made out by himself and Col. Ternant, without his general
officers ; but they were called in the evening to Gen. Lincoln's
tent, to consider upon Gen. Clinton and Admiral Arbuthnot's
reply, which, after some hours spent in finding copy of the
articles we sent out, was unanimously agreed to be a rejection
of the whole, and that a messenger should be sent out to in-
form them that they might begin firing again when they
pleased. Which they did immediately, about nine at night,
with greater virulence and fury than ever ; and continued it
without intermission till daylight, and was returned smartly
from the garrison.
" The enemy opened two embrazures against our battery
No. 4. - A twelve pounder dismounted in redan No. 7. The
killed and wounded lately are so many, that they cannot be
ascertained. Col. Tinning, of North-Carolina, with his regi-
ment of militia, about 200, came over from Lempriere's, and
joined my brigade." [McIntosh.]
Moultrie tells us that the council called by Lincoln, con-
templated the propriety of evacuating the town by the troops ;
but it was found they had put off the question to a period
when it was no longer an open one. The officers consulted
were of opinion, that evacuation was unadvisable, " because
of the opposition made to it by the civil authority and the
inhabitants, and because, even if they could succeed in defeat-