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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
throw a supply of provisions this week into Charleston, of
rice, corn, flour and pork, by way of Fort Moultrie."
In the evening he writes with a changed aspect. " Vessels
were to sail this morning with provisions for Fort Moultrie, . .
but if our advices be true . . . all communication must be at
an end." Here follows a summary of particulars already in
our possession. He continues :
" Light horse are expected here to-day to refit, for they are
not yet in a condition to face the enemy. They lost a num-
ber of saddles, pistols and swords, besides horses ; yet Col;
Washington will not allow it to have been a surprise. Col.
White now commands all the horse. Major Vanderhorst,
formerly in the first regiment, arrived yesterday from Colonel
Thomson, where he saw a letter from General Williamson,
giving an account that Colonel Pickens had been down with
a party within five miles of Savannah, and had killed about
sixty negroes in arms, and some white men with them, among
whom were two overseers of Gov. Wright It appears
that Gen. Williamson was at home, and that the news of his
approach was premature In some places the enemy
have behaved very well to the inhabitants ; in others, very ill.
Some houses they plundered because there was nobody at
home ; others have been plundered because they were at
home. It is said that Charles Pinckney's family have been
plundered of all their plate, linen and provisions. Mrs. But-
ler, wife to the Major, had everything taken from her. He
and John Deas hid in the swamp and got off. Gen. Huger,
and his aid, John Izard, were in the swamp from Friday
morning, the day our horse were routed, till Monday. Gen.
Huger is gone to his plantation in St. Mathews, very sick. It
was a long fast. . . . Col. John Harleston is taken prisoner
at his own house,"" 29th April. As usual. The enemy's third parallel al-
most finished, and battery (T) commenced, as likewise a re-
doubt (V) on our side." [De Brahin.]
" 29th April. The enemy's third parallel nearly finished,
and redoubt begun towards the middle of it, opposite the
gate, and another towards our left. Our hands began a re-