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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
intermission, the whole night. There are several small con-
tradictions among our several journalists, in their dates, ari-
sing, no doubt, from their making the record the day after the
event, and forgetting to antedate. When the fight was re-
sumed, we are told that it began with three vigorous cheers
from the batteries of the besieged ; though Moultrie mentions
that while the flags were passing between the two armies, the
militia, assuming the affair to be quite settled, retired to the
town, leaving the works wholly undefended.
" 9th May. The enemy had cannon mounted in the bat-
tery of his third parallel. Note.—That it was for the pur-
pose of mounting these cannon that the English proposed the
truce, I do not pretend to say ; but this much is certain, that,
had it not been for the truce, it would have been a very labo-
rious and dangerous job, and almost impracticable." [De Brahm.]

That the British presumed to add to their works or equip-
ment, during a state of truce, was contrary to all military
rule, and should have justified an instant resumption of the
fire of the garrison. That the thing was so managed, argues
a most gross remissness and indifference in the officers of the
garrison. We have this fact from no other authority.
" 9th May. The two commanders not agreeing upon the
terms of capitulation, the siege commenced this evening at 9 o'clock, with greater warmth than ever." [De Brahm.]
" 9th May. Hostilities continued. Orders for the purchasing
commissary to seize every steer and cow in town, for the use
of the garrison.
" Warm fire from the enemy this day. Their approaches
are now so near as to do certain execution with their mus-
ketry. Above twenty men killed this day. Soldiers more
active than the commissary, drive the cavalry into the range
of the shells, where some are killed, which they soon divide :
an agreeable repast, after some days' want of meat. Since
the approaches of the enemy became so alarming, tar barrels