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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
and troops by which Charleston was defended—including
thus the contingents of no less than three States beside
at least one thousand five hundred of the troops were Caro-
linian. Here, for example, is an extract from the British
return, made of those who had actually borne arms through-
out the siege :
South-Carolina artillery, - - - 62
Charleston battalion, - - - - 146
1st Regiment South-Carolinians, - - 176
2d 64 44 64 - - - 195
3d cc cc cc - - - 208
1st Battalion Charleston Militia, - - 312
2d « "" - - - 446
These we find as diligently employed, during the siege, as
any other portion of the troops—as frequently in perilous
service—as much exposed—as prompt when sorties were
made, and suffering quite as much as any other bodies of men
engaged in the defence. By what more decisive mode of
exposition shall we arrive at their feelings and desires, than
by the fact that, on two memorable occasions, headed by the
civil authorities, consisting wholly of natives of Charleston
and the neighbourhood, they thrust between the commanding
general of the city and the enemy, and insist upon his
continuance of the defence, long after his officers had de-
clared the city to be indefensible. But we are reminded of
their inferior numbers. It is not denied that their numbers
are inferior. It is not denied that a large proportion of the
citizens of Charleston, as well as the State, were hostile to
the revolution, and to any transfer of authority from the
Crown of Great Britain. The greater part of the trade of
Charleston was in the hands of British merchants, chiefly
Scotch by birth—men always distinguished for the tenacity