st, as it always must, When leaders are brave, and a cause is just And ours the cause of the nation. And thus we went — the hurricane's breath Was felt in our track, like the blast of death, But we had no thought of turning; Onward and onward the good fleet sped, Locked in its breast the secret dread, To break in gloom over treason's head, Where — we should soon be learning. But brave Dupont and Sherman knew Where the bolt should light, and each gallant crew Was ready to heed their orders. Port Royal, Ho!--and a bright warm day, We made the land many miles away, And sullenly there before us lay Fierce Carolina's borders. The mystery was all compassed then, And the hearts of sea-sick, weary men, Cheered up, the prospect viewing; There is that grit in the human mind, However gentle, or good, or kind, That is always to double its fist inclined, When near where a fight is brewing. The rebel guns waked a fearful note From our rifled cannon's open throat, And our shells flew fast and steady.
Precautions on the Southern coast.--The following letter, explaining the necessity for keeping the Parish Guards in South Carolina at home, was found in the rebel camp at Port Royal:
State of South Carolina, Headquarters, May 24, 1861.
to Capt. Stephen Elliott, Jr.--dear sir: In reply to yours of the 17th to the Governor, I am directed to say that the reason why the Sea Coast an Parish companies have not been called into service here, has been because it was distinctly understood to be the desire of the Parishes that their companies should remain to guard and protect their coast, and to keep up a strict police where the negroes were so numerous; for this purpose sabres were given to them — the cavalry — and not given to the up-country companies.
Your local companies were required for immediate protection.
The Governor begs me to assure you must positively and distinctly, that that was the only reason the Parish companies were not called into service here, and as a matter