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siege." We would not have had the cavalry abandon this
object ; but this very body of militia might have been trans-
ferred to .the garrison, as well as the troops under Caswell,
Williamson and Beaufort. These were all left, to be cut up
in detail by the British, as soon as they could detach a suffi-
cient force from the leaguer of the city. There were troops
enough for the defence of Charleston ; but, unfortunately,
other uses and objects were contemplated for them. The
commanding general attempted too much—not only to defend
the city, but to keep afloat an adequate force in the country,
as well for its control, as for the purpose of forming the nu-
cleus of an army, in the event of the conquest of the garri-
son. This was unnecessary, since such a concentration of
force, within the city, as would have sufficed for its defence,
and the defeat of the British, would also have concluded all
their chances of making progress in the country. The coun-
try was taught too much to look to the city, as the great
point of struggle, and, consequently, to exaggerate the impor-
tance of the result, whether that were safety or overthrow.
But let us return to our extracts. We are nearly at the close
of them. Our next quotation is from John Lewis Gervais,
dated 16th May.
" We have received information that Charlestown and the
garrison surrendered last Friday. It conies from so many
quarters, that it admits of no doubt. It seems that the con-
tinentals marched out with the honours of war, and then laid
down their arms. They are to be exchanged for Burgoyne's
army. The country militia are to be allowed four days' pro-
visions, to return to their homes, and to remain there on pa-
role. The inhabitants of Charlestown are allowed thirty-six
hours to remove their effects ; and we suppose those that will
take the oath, to remain. This is what we can collect from
different quarters. One man that left the Sandwich (ship) on
Saturday, says the shipping sailed up to town that day. The
country will now be left open to them. We have no army