round the first days of the new-born commonwealth;
and when, in the name of South Carolina
, he returned thanks to the defenders, his burning words gushed forth with an eloquence that adequately expressed the impassioned gratitude of the people.
he offered a lieutenant's commission, which Jasper
modestly declined, accepting only a sword.
, by her president and the common voice, spontaneously decreed that the post on Sullivan's Island
should, for all future time, be known as Fort Moultrie
; her assembly crowned her victorious sons with applause.
The tidings leaped from colony to colony on their way to the North
, and the continental congress voted their thanks to Lee
, and the officers and men under their command.
But at the time of that vote, congress was no more the representative of dependent colonies; the victory at Fort Moultrie
was the bright morning star and harbinger of American Independence.