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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
as the British fleet had passed into the harbour. The journal
of the unknown Subaltern, on the 24th, contains the follow-
ing :
24th April. At daybreak, Col. Henderson, Major Ste-
phenson, and 200 men from Generals Woodford and Scott's
brigade, made a sortie on the enemy in the trenches. The
assault was conducted with spirit and success. Our men
attacked with the bayonet, killed about twenty, wounded near
as many, and took twelve prisoners. The enemy were disco
vexed this night working near our half-moon battery. Col.
Richard Parker, having reconnoitered them, returned to the
battery to direct the fire, when the Yagers (Hessian) sending
a platoon of rifles into the embrazure, * * * shot the
Colonel * * * he died immediately * * * His
character is so well known, it need not be said how much he
is regretted. Capt. Moultrie (Thomas) killed at the sortie.
Lempriere's Ferry evacuated by Col. Malmedy ; retreat disor-
derly. Lost Lieut. Worsham, of Russell's regiment, and
twenty privates of the Virginia line, who were left as a party
to cover the embarkation of the rest. He and the party
taken coming down the river. Pinckney's regiment, which
was stationed at Fort Moultrie, called to the garrison ; three
companies of * * * being left to defend that post, with
some militia." [Subaltern.]
" 25th April. As usual. Last night Col. Parker, of the
Virginia line, was killed by a musket shot." [De Brahm.]
" 25th April. Between 12 and 1 this morning, a heavy
fire of cannon and musketry from our advanced redoubt, and
the right of our lines, occasioned (it is said) by the enemy's
advancing in column. It is certain they gave several huzzas,
and abused us—calling us bloody dogs—being upon duty
myself, and upon the lines all the night ; but whether they
were out of their trenches is not so clear. It was forty or
fifty minutes before I could put a stop to the waste of am-
munition, until we could make sure of a proper object. The
enemy returned the fire smartly, and threw several light balls
and carcasses into the town. About 2 o'clock this afternoon,
Lord Cornwallis, with about 3000 men, took possession of
Mt. Pleasant, Haddrill's Point, having crossed from Charles-