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A NEW WAR SONG.                                   137
I've the wind in my tail, And am hoisting my sail, To leave Sullivan's island behind me.
But my Lords, do not fear,
For before the next year, Although a small island could fret us,
The Continent whole,
We shall take, by my soul, If the cowardly Yankees7 will let us.
1 An account I will give. Late in the month of June, 1776, Gene­ral Sir Henry Clinton, and Sir Peter Parker, with a powerful fleet and army, attempted the reduction of Charleston, South Carolina. The fleet came to anchor, at less than half musket shot from the fort on Sullivan's Island, and commenced the engagement. It lasted over ten hours, when the British were repulsed, after suffering great loss. After the firing ceased, the fleet slipped their cables, and be­fore the next morning had retired two miles from the fort.
2  Sullivan's Isle is situated on the northern side of Charleston harbor, about four miles from the town.
3  Most terribly mauVd my poor Bristol. The Bristol flag-ship, un­der the command of Sir Peter Parker, was greatly damaged in the hull. Commodore Parker's breeches were torn off, his thigh and knee wounded, so that he walked only when supported on each side. The following extempore appeared in the Constitutional Gazette, at New York, a short time after this action.
If " honor in the breech is lodged,"
As Hudibras has shown, If may from thence be fairlyjudged,
Sir Peter's honor gone.






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