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The Daily Dispatch: July 2, 1861., [Electronic resource] 3 1 Browse Search
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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Pirates. (search)
All the pirates, excepting about ninety who escaped in a sloop, took advantage of the King's proclamation. Rogers was made governor of the island. He built forts, and had a military establishment. From that time the West Indies were fairly protected from the pirates. They yet infested the coast of the Carolinas. About thirty of them took possession of the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Governor Johnson determined to extirpate them. He sent out an armed vessel under the command of William Rhett, who captured a piratical sloop with its commander and about thirty men, and took then to Charleston. Johnson soon afterwards embarked in person, and sailed after and captured another armed sloop. All the pirates excepting two were killed during the desperate fight that occurred, and those two were hanged. Those first taken into Charleston were also hanged, excepting one man. Altogether, forty-two pirates were executed at Charleston. Privateersmen cruising under the Spanish-America
Attempt to Assassinate. --On Thursday evening last, as Mr. Wm. Rhett was returning in a buggy from his farm, not far from Charleston, he was fired upon by a person concealed on the opposite side of the road, near theSix mile House. A portion of the charge, which was large-sized duck shot, entered his back, left arm and left leg, wounding him in a serious and painful manner. Although he heard the discharge of the piece and felt a shock, he was not immediately conscious of being shot. A us and painful manner. Although he heard the discharge of the piece and felt a shock, he was not immediately conscious of being shot. A man of large size and dark complexion was observed to run off by a person riding a little distance behind. Circumstances point strongly to a laborer employed on a neighboring farm, who had recently been brought before a magistrate for trespasses by Mr. Rhett, as the perpetrator of the crime, and he has been arrested and lodged in jail.--Charleston Mercury.