the industry of South Carolina
; she came forth to the
Chap. LXVI.} 1776. June 28.
struggle from generous sympathy; and now the battie is to be fought for her chief city and the province.
The ‘Thunderbomb,’ covered by the ‘Friendship,’ began the action by throwing shells, which it continued, till more than sixty were discharged; of these some burst in the air; one lighted on the magazine without doing injury; the rest sunk in the mo rass, or were buried in the sand within the fort.
At about a quarter to eleven, the ‘Active,’ of twenty eight guns, disregarding four or five shots fired at her while under sail; the ‘Bristol
,’ with fifty guns, having on board Sir Peter Parker
and Lord William Campbell
, the governor; the ‘Experiment,’ also of fifty guns; and the ‘Solebay,’ of twenty eight, brought up within about three hundred and fifty yards of the fort, let go their anchors with springs upon their cables, and began a most furious cannonade.
Every sailor expected that two broadsides would end the strife; but the soft, fibrous, spongy wood of the palmetto withstood the rapid fire, and neither split, nor splintered, nor started; and the parapet was high enough to protect the men on the platforms.
When broadsides from three or four of the men-of-war struck the logs at the same instant, the shock gave the merlons a tremor, but the pile remained uninjured.
had but one-tenth as many guns as were brought to bear on him, and was moreover obliged to stint the use of powder.
His guns accordingly were fired very slowly, the officers taking aim, and waiting always for the smoke to clear away, that they might point with more precision.
‘Mind the commodore, mind the fifty-gun ships,’