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large ; but many of them we had excused, from age and in
firmities—however, they would do to enrol on a -conqueror':
list."" 13th May. At 12 this day ordered from the lines'--th <
officers to empty Louses and the soldiers to the barracks. 133
the articles of capitulation, we understood that the officers
were to wear their swords ; yet the enemy affirm that, al-
though it was allowed , us to retain, yet we should not wear
them, and insisted that it was the true spirit of the article.
We were obliged to lay them down—that is, to keep them
out of sight. No provisions this day. [Subaltern.]
From the Santee, John Lewis Ger vais writes on the 13th :
" Yesterday we received an account of Fort Moultrie having
surrendered—the garrison are prisoners of war. They con-
sisted only of 150 men, thirty or forty of whore were sick.
Col. Scott commanded. The privates of the militia are ad-
mitted on, parole. I saw William Kershaw, a brother of
Joseph, yesterday—he was in that garrison, which consisted,
the greatest part, of militia. He was going to Camden on
foot. The fort surrendered last Sunday. A number of sea-
men and marines had landed, and taken possession of the
western battery. Last Tuesday night, to Wednesday, there
was a prodigious cannonade. We have since learnt that
another truce had taken place on Tuesday, for four hours,
between the garrison in Charleston and Gen. Clinton ; but
not agreeing upon the terms, they opened their batteries
again, about 10 o'clock at night, and we heard the firing dis-
tinctly all Wednesday. Yesterday a party of horse and foot
came opposite to Lempriere's Ferry, left a picquet, and marched
off. Their route is not known. If the North-Carolina rein-
forcements do not come in soon, the garrison of Charleston
must fall into the enemy's hands. Nothing can save them
but a sufficient force to march down to St. Thomas. We
hear nothing of the Virginia State regiments and Colonel
Armand's corps [chiefly foreigners]. Congress have, at last,
ordered the Maryland line, the Delaware regiment, and Major
Lee's corps, to the southward ; but they will come too late.
A good many of our horses have been recovered from the
disaster last Saturday. The plan was for Colonel White to