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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
Capt. Moultrie killed, and two privates wounded, upon our
side, in our retreat. The whole was done in a few minutes,
without our party's firing a single gun, and in the greatest
order. It is said Col. C. C. Pinckney and Lieut. Col. Laurens
assured Gen. Lincoln they could supply the garrison with
plenty of beef from Lempriere's Point ; upon which the com-
missary was ordered to issue a full allowance again, as before
the order of the 22d ; but, unfortunately, the first and only
cattle butchered at Lempriere's for the use of the garrison,
were altogether spoiled and useless, through neglect or mis-
management, before they came over. These gentlemen are
said, also, to have some days past promised to keep the com-
munication open on the Cooper river side, and besides beef,
to send a sufficient number of negroes over to town for the
works, which were much wanted. , (Kelley's) Lieut.
Col. Laurens with the light infantry, and Col. C. C. Pinckney
with the greater part (or almost the whole) of the first South-
Carolina regiment, came into garrison this morning from Lem-
priere's, and ordered into the horn-works, and to mount the
post guard. Major Harris and 75 of his regiment, North-
Carolina militia, ordered to Lempriere's, under the direction
of Col. Malmedy, who, with Major Hogg, is left to command
that post ; and Lieut. Col. Scott, with r of the South-
Carolina regiment, and about militia, to command at
Fort Moultrie. Col. Parker, of the Virginians, killed about
eight this evening, by a rifle ball, while looking over the para-
pet in the half-moon battery ; two privates killed also, and
seven wounded, with others not known ; having kept an in-
cessant fire of cannon, mortars and small arms on both sides."
Col. Laurens came in from Lempriere's, and Col. Pinckney
from Fort Moultrie, bringing with him the greater part of the
1st South-Carolina regiment, which had been stationed at the
latter post. A small body of troops was left to hold the fort,
which might very well have been abandoned entirely. The
passage of the enemy's fleet had rendered it of little use, and
the garrison was only exposed to capture. Garrison and guns
should have both been transferred to the city defences, as soon