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The Loss Of Life At Fort Moultrie

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The reports of tho loss of life at Fort Moultrie appear to be confirmed by the statement of a flour inerchant in this city, who has recently returned from Charlestou, where he says he was impressed into the service of the Confedérate army, and served at the fort during the bombardment. His accounts is interesting, and beyond a doubt reliable : - New York News. " The very first shot from Fort Suinpter came boomiug into one of the portaoles near which I was stationed, áisniounted the gun, and shivered the carriage into thousands of splinters. These splinters were scattered with terrible foree throughout the Fort, lálling thirtythree men insUntly, and woundiug many more, This was the most destructivo single shot we received, but throughout the entire cannonading the havoc in Moultrie was terrible. " The dead and "dying lay about us in every dirección, and were trampled undcr foot by the soldiers. We had not surgeons enough to attcnd to them all, and the groans of the dying and their pitoous cries for help were distressing in the extreme. When Sumpter finally capitulated, without losing a man, thank God, the relatives of our dead and wounded hastened to Moultrie to learu their fate. - Mothers camc asking for their sons, ■ sisters for brothers, sons for fathers, and all were told that all were well - that none were killed, but that confusión prevailed, and the soldiers eould not be seen. " That night tho bodies of the dead were boxed up and conveyed on shore, where they were buried in tronchos in tho negro burying ground. One hundred, and sixty bodies veere conveyed to the hirial place on a small schoener, and the others by varioiis other conveyances. On the following day. when relatives inquired for those who were dead, they were told that they had been sent away' to other points to recruit their energies. " Every possible means were resorted to to keep the truth from beingknown. - I myself couuted over lico hundred dead bodies in Moultrie, and know that there were others which I did not sec. I havo no means of knowing the extent of the slaughter at the other fortifications, but heard, incidentally, that it was serious, although not so great as at Moultrie. I was told that one shot of Stevens' J5attery dismountcd a cannon and killed sevcral person."


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Michigan Argus