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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
" May 12. Capitulation agreed on. Detachment of gren-
adiers takes possession of the horn work at 3 o'clock. Our
troops march out and pile up their arms ; they return, and
are dismissed to their tents. The enemy's guards take pos-
session of the town." [Subaltern.]
" On the 11th May we capitulated, and on the morning of
the 12th we marched out and gave up the town." Moultrie
thus describes the last scene in this eventful drama—the sur-
render—the humiliating denouement :
" About 11 o'clock, A.M., on the 12th of May, we marched
out between 1500 and 1600 continental troops, (leaving five
or six hundred sick and wounded in the hospitals,) without
the horn work on our left, and piled our arms ; and the offi-
cers marched the men back to the barracks, where a British
guard was placed over them. The British then asked where
our second division was ? They were told these were all the
continentals we had, except the sick and wounded. They
were astonished, and said we had made a gallant defence.
Capt. Rochfort had marched in, with a detachment of the
artillery, to receive the returns of our artillery stores. While
we were in the horn work together, in conversation, he said,
Sir, you have made a gallant defence ; but you had a great
many rascals among you,' (and mentioned names) ' who came
out every night, and gave us information of what was passing
in your garrison.' The militia marched out the same day,
and delivered up their arms at the same place. The conti-
nental officers went into town, to their quarters, where they
remained a few days, to collect their baggage and sign their
paroles, then were sent over to Iladdrill's Point. The next
day the militia were ordered to parade near Lynch's pasture,
and to bring all their arms with them—guns, swords, pistols,
etc.—and those that did not strictly comply were threatened
with having the grenadiers turned in among them. This
threat brought out the aged, the timid, the disaffected and the
infirm, many of them who had never appeared during the
whole siege, which swelled the militia prisoners to at least
three times the number of men we ever had upon duty. I
saw the column march out, and was surprised to see it so