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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Frank H. Harleston — a hero of Fort Sumter. (search)
English navy is the dread of the world. What can a little fort made of palmetto logs and bags of sand, do against men of war ? But Governor John Rutledge, Colonel Moultrie, his stout-hearted regiment, and other patriots replied, We can try to turn the enemy back, and by God's help will drive them out of the harbor and save the l troops, called Fort Moultrie, a slaughter pen, and spoke of evacuating Sullivan's Island. Therefore Governor Rutledge wrote the following laconic order to General Moultrie, the commander of the State troops: You will not evacuate Fort Moultrie without my order. I will cut off my hand rather than sign such an order. JohAt one time when the Bristol fired her broad-side of twenty-five guns, the fort was struck in so many places simultaneously that it trembled to its base, and Colonel Moultrie thought for a moment the whole structure was going to give way and fall to pieces under their feet; but the tough palmetto logs did their part well, and neve