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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
shell of its contents, and, filling it with lard and sulphur,
threw it back to their courteous assailants, with the same in-
scription which originally accompanied it. Garden says, " It
was understood, after the siege, that the note was received,
but not with that good humour that might have been expect-
ed, had it been considered as a jeu cl'esprit, resulting from
justifiable retaliation.""They were misinformed," says Moultrie, "if they supposed
us in want of rice and sugar." Of the latter article, indeed,
the allowance was exceedingly liberal, and furnished to the
troops in such quantities, by way of supplying the want of
other articles, that one of their favourite amusements was to
pursue the spent hot shot of the enemy, in order, by flinging
the sugar upon the ball, to convert it into candy.
On this date, (2d May,) Gervais writes from Georgetown :
" We had an alarm here yesterday. It was said the enemy
were at Durand's, on Warnbaw. It seems a party of 25
men had been on Santee, near Dupre's Ferry. Gen. Caswell
is at Lanneau's, with continentals and militia, 800 or 900
men ; a force sufficient, I am sure, if properly disposed, to
prevent 2 or 3000 from crossing that river ; and this place
may be secured till Charleston falls."" 3d May. Cannonading, bombarding, and continual firing
with small arms, as usual, on both sides. Our citizens em-
ployed fetching pickets, etc." [McIntosh.]
" 4th May. Our rations reduced to 6 oz. meat, and bad
enough. Coffee and sugar allowed the soldiers, with their
rice. The enemy appear to have possession of our battery,
on the end of Gadsden Bridge, leading to Fort Moultrie. Fire
from the enemy's cannon slack, but they do not spare shells
or small arms. Our hospital ship carried away." [McIntosh.]
De Brahm again includes the events of three days, in his
memoranda—the 4th, 5th and 6th. " The enemy," says he,
" employed in making three batteries (W, X, Y) upon his
third parallel, and we to make two redoubts, (Z, U.)"