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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
is nothing in the details of this siege, regarded from the pro-
per points of view, with all the circumstances in sight neces-
sary for a proper judgment, which should make them shrink
from the investigation of the world. That six thousand inex-
perienced troops should be able to contend with nearly twice
their number of British regulars, commanded by professional
soldiers, is scarcely to be expected ; that they should so con-
tend, when their engineers knew not how to plan their de-
fences, and when their general failed to satisfy himself of the
adequate provision for their maintenance, and for nearly two
months, is perhaps quite as much due to their steadiness and
courage as to the patient forbearance of their enemy.
But why had you no more troops, demands the enquirer.
Surely, says Mr. Sabine, " she could furnish more than Rhode
Island, the smallest State in the confederacy ?" She did fur-
nish more ; but, thousands of them fought as Henry of the
.W,ynd did, " on their own hook," and without caring to have
their names recorded for pay and pension on the pay-rolls of
the Federal Government.
We have endeavoured to indicate the various scenes of
conflict in which the powers of South-Carolina were expended.
We adopt, from Johnson, the summary of her remaining re-
sources, at the approach of the army of Sir Henry Clinton :
Howe's unfortunate expedition against Florida, had to-
tally broken up the southern army. The Carolina regiments
were thinned down by sickness to a mere handful. The
northern regiments (Virginia and North-Carolina, not New-
England) that. had been sent on with Howe and Armstrong,
had also melted away, chiefly by the expiration of their
term of enlistment ; and the Georgia regiment had nearly
all been made prisoners at different times, and perished in
the prison ships. The quiet possession of Georgia, also gave
such countenance to the loyalists and Indians, as to secure a
powerful co-operation to the enemy from that auarter. Of