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	Charleston Harbour.
other by  red light.   Abed by 10, in confident
expectation that we shall be at Charleston
next morning.
  23.  Sunday.   Lying off Charleston har-
bor by 6 A. M., having to wait the rising off
the tide, at noon, to get over the bar.    The
day pleasant and sunny.     Hither and thither,
loafing, an half-hour in the purser�s cabin, talking
politics.    Lunch at noon, anon all on deck, the
vessel moving.    The shore, a long low sandy line,
presently discriminated as Sullivan�s island,
with Fort Moultrie upon it, where are Major
Anderson and his garrison, expectant of siege or
attack by the South Carolinians.       It�s an old-
fashioned water-battery, built after Vanban�s
plan, of no great strength except as an aid to 
Fort Sumter, commanding the channel � a strong
fortress built at vast expense on an artificial
island.      Nearer the city is Castle Pinckney,
an unimportant place, over which the palmetto
flag was hoisted, in token of its being occupied
by the state.     This fort stands on Shute�s Folly
island, a barren, sandy reach.                All on deck,
in the sunlight, the palmetto flag flying to the
fore, the stars and stripes aft.          By 2 � P.M.
we disembark at Adger�s wharf.         The first
sight of Charleston is not impressive, it looks               
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