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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
tired redoubt on the right of the horn work. Gen. Lincoln
informed the general officers, privately, that he intended the
horn work as a place of retreat for the whole army, in case
they were driven from the lines. I observed to him the im-
possibility of those who were stationed at the South Bay and
Ashley Ferry retreating there, in such case ; to which he re-
plied, that we might secure ourselves as best we could. A
heavy bombardment from the enemy during the night, and
small arms never ceasing. A deserter from them says, they
are preparing a bridge to throw over the canal. Capt. Tem-
pleton, of 4th Georgia regiment, wounded by shell [' of which
he died.' Moultrie.] Tattoo ordered not to beat. Colonel
Malmedy ordered to deliver a written report of the evacuation
of Hobcaw, etc."" 30th April. As usual. [De Brahm.] General Lincoln
received a letter from Governor Rutledge, upon which he
c ongratulates the army, in general orders, for hearing of a
large reinforcement, that may open our communication again
to the country, etc. The deserter yesterday, tells us the huz-
zas were from the enemy's working party, who thought we
were sallying. The engineers, they say, ordered them, when
that happened, to give three cheers, and fall back upon their
covering party, who, not having been apprised of it, received
them as enemies, in consequence of which a considerable
number of them were killed and wounded. He confirms the
account of their receiving a considerable reinforcement from
New-York, and says the last detachment to Hobcaw amounts
to above two thousand ; that they expect their shipping up
to town every night, and are preparing a large number of
fascines to fill up the canal. Severe firing of cannon, mortars
and small arms, continued on both sides. Lieut. Campaign
and Ensign Hall, of the North-Carolinians, wounded badly,
and Lieut. Philips, of the Virginians. Privates killed and
wounded not known, there are so many. jtnr I think it is
this day that General Lincoln called the general officers to-
gether, at his quarters, that General Du Portail, who had
viewed our fortifications, might give us his opinion respecting
them, and the state of the siege, which was, in substance,
much the same as Col. Lamey repeatedly expressed before—