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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
town Neck over Cooper river, to ________, last night. Three
men wounded." [McIntosh.]
" 26th April. As usual. The enemy commenced his
third parallel. Troops from a vessel and 4 gallies landed at
Mount Pleasant, and took possession of a battery of one
piece, losing one galley in this affair." [De Brahm.]
" 26th April. The small ship, Lord George Germaine, and
a sloop, joined the enemy's fleet near Fort Johnson, after
passing Fort Moultrie, at a great distance, with little or no
damage. Some of the enemy's ships remain below, in Five
Fathom Hole, and it was said two of 74 guns lay off the bar.
The Vigilant, Captain Brett, at Beaufort. The enemy pretty
quiet yesterday and last night. We suppose they are bring-
ing cannon into their third parallel. They are seen strength-
ening their approaches, and in possession of Mount Pleasant.
Brigadier General Duportail arrived from Philadelphia, which
he left the 3d inst. ; he says there was no prospect of our
getting any reinforcement soon from our grand army, Con-
gress having only proposed to General Washington (then at
Morristown) the sending the Maryland line. One man killed ;
Captain Goodwin, of 3d South-Carolina, and one private,
wounded. The enemy began their third parallel." [McIntosh.]
Our subaltern's journal, on this day (26th) contains the
following :
" 26th April. Much mischief done daily by the shells.
Lieut. Philips, of Col. Russell's regiment, killed in the half-
moon by a shell. Mr. Peter Lord, of the militia, killed at the
same time. Circumstances begin now to grow somewhat
alarming, from the allowance of provision being curtailed.
Strict search made in the houses of the inhabitants for this
article. Some discovered, but inadequate to the supplies
necessary. Soldiery, notwithstanding the many inconve-
niences and fatigues thus suffered, are in high spirits."

Moultrie, on the same day, writes : " As soon as General
Duportail came into garrison, and looked at the enemy, and
at our works, he declared that they were not tenable, and
that the British might have taken the town ten days ago.