The commodore and the general long indulged in re-
Chap. LXVI.} 1776. June 28.
Nothing remained for the army but to quit the sands of Long Island
, yet three weeks more passed away before they embarked in transports for New York under the single ‘convoy of the’ Solebay ‘frigate; the rest of the fleet being under the necessity of remaining still longer to refit.’
The success of the Carolinians was due to the wisdom and adequateness of their preparations.
It saved not a post but a province.
It kept seven regiments away from New York for two months; it gave security to Georgia
, and three years peace to Carolina
; it dispelled throughout the South
the dread of British superiority; it drove the loyalists into shameful obscurity.
It was an announcement to the other colonies of the existence of South Carolina
as a selfdirecting republic; a message of brotherhood and union.
On the morning of the twenty ninth, Charleston
harbor was studded with sails, and alive with the voice of men, hastening to congratulate the victors.
They crowded round their deliverers with transports of gratitude; they gazed admiringly on the uninjured walls of the fortress, the ruinous marks of the enemy's shot on every tree and hut in its neighborhood; they enjoyed the sight of the wreck of the ‘Acteon,’ the discomfited men-of-war riding at anchor at two and a half miles' distance; they laughed at the commodore's broad pendant, scarcely visible on a jury maintopmast, while their own blue flag crowned the merlon.
Letters of congratulation came down from Rutledge
and from Gadsden
; and Lee
gave his witness,