And Doubt Not

“Sullivan's Island, June 3, 1776

To His Excellency The President.


We have seen this day, two large ships, a large top-sail schooner, and a tender. The tender has been very busy in sounding from the inlet at our advance-guard, all along Long-Island: It seems as though they intended their descent somewhere hereabout. Our fort is now enclosed: It is the opinion of every one, that we should have more men at this post; but, as I know they cannot be spared from the capital, I must make the best defence I can with what I have got; and doubt not, but that I shall give 4 or 500 men a great deal of trouble before they can dislodge me from this post.

I shall be glad you would order those boats over, which I had fitted up for this post: Capt. Coppithorn has them.

I am your Excellency's most obedient servant.

William Moultrie,

Col. Of the second Regiment”

--William Moultrie, 1802,

Memoirs of the American Revolution, 146-147