Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
such an emergency. His integrity is unquestionable ; but his talents seem to have been quite as moderate as the British could have wished them.
NOTE.--It may be well to mention that, during the siege, the garrison lost not more than twenty men by desertion. This is the boast of Lincoln himself. In connection with this matter of desertion, we find in the Annual Register for 1780 one item, which, if it occurs anywhere among the details of our own historians, has escaped our recollection. According to the Register, " An American Lt. Colonel, of the name of Hamilton Ballendine," [a Scotch name',] was detected in his at-tempt to pass to the English camp at night, with draughts of the town and works." He immediately suffered the unpitied death of the traitor." The fact is no ways important, except as making our details more complete, and as showing the spirit of the people during the siege--a spirit which has been sufficiently illustrated by several of the particulars which the preceding narrative unfolds.