Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Transcription been stimulated by their momentary re-
pulse. Fortunately for the garrison, the
logs with which the house had been built
being of a better order, were square, and
no aperture could be found in the vague-
ness of the night, through which any oth-
er than the main attack at the door could
be carried on. The number of combat-
ants, at this small space were necessarily
limited, and, a greater degree of equality
therefore, rendered the task of defence
less arduous. The difficulty of effecting
an entrance was by no means trifling -- a
log hosue of that time being built with an
eye to attacks of this nature, was fully as
strong, if not stronger, than a brick house
now, and not built like it, to be picked to
pieces with any sharp and hard instru-
ment. It was evident to the savages,
that without they made use of some stra-
tagem more efficacious than any hitherto
devised, they must give up any farther
encounter, particularly as they had alrea-
dy suffered a loss, by no means inconsii-
derable, when taken in proportion to their
force. Two of their party bad been billed,
anl the Chief Redfoot himself had been
wounded in the band. We shall perceive
in the sequel the nature of, their conclu-
ding efforts.
In the mean time, if the reader will ac-
company us, we will proceed to the.wing
of the building, at which the Sergeant
first discovered the projected attack, and
for the defence of which, if we remem-
ber rightly, the strrelied and philosophic
Captain, with his negro assistant, was
provided with a portion of the military
stores of the citadel. The nature of the
attack in this quarter was of a more oc-
casional and partisan character than that
carried on in the front of the dwelling.
Under the conduct of a strong and active
Indian, who, although very young, ap-
peared to be a chief among them, a party