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George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 8 2 0 Browse Search
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. Letters of congratulation came down from Rutledge and from Gadsden; and Lee gave his witness, that no men ever did behave better, or ever Chap. LXVI.} 1776. June 30. could behave better. On the afternoon of the thirtieth Lee reviewed the garrison, and renewed to them the praise that was their due. While they were thus drawn out, the women of Charleston presented to the second regiment a pair of silken colors, one of blue, one of red, richly embroidered by their own hands; and Susanna Smith Elliott, a scion of one of the oldest families of the colony, who, being left an orphan, had been bred up by Rebecca Brewton Motte, stepped forth to the front of the intrepid band in matronal beauty, young and stately, light-haired, with eyes of mild expression, and a pleasant countenance; and as she put the flags into the hands of Moultrie and Motte, she said in a low, sweet voice: Your gallant behavior in defence of liberty and your country entitles you to the highest honors; accept these