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At five minutes past three find. ward in the hope of getting the ing the enemy's raking fire ex- ship before the wind, our helm tremely heavy, captain Lambert being still perfect : the effort un, ordered the ship to be laid on fortunately proved ineffectual, from board, in which we should have the main-mast falling over the side, succeeded, had not our fore-mast from the heavy rolling of the been shot away at this moment, ship, which pearly covered the the remains of our bowsprit pass. whole of our starboard guns. We ing over his taffrail; shortly after still waited the attack of the enethis the maintopmast went, leav, my, he now standing towards us ing the ship totally unmanageable, for that purpose; on his coming with most of our starboard guns nearly within hail of us, and from rendered useless from the wreck bis manæuvre perceiving he ins lying over them.
tended a position a-head, where At half past three our gallant he could rake us without a possicaptain received a dangerous wound bility of our returning a shot. I in the breast, and was carried be. then consulted the officers, who low; from this time we could not agreed with myself that our have fire more than two or three guns ing a great part of our crew killed until a quarter past four, when our and wounded, our bowsprit and mizen-mast was shot away; the three masts gone, several guns ship then fell off a little, and useless, we should not be justified brought many of our starboard in wasting the lives of more of guns to bear : the enemy's rigging those remaining, who I hope their was so much cut that he could not lordships and the country will think now avoid shooting a-head, which have bravely defended his majes, brought us fairly broadside and ty's ship. Under these circum, broadside.
Our main-yard now stances, however reluctantly, at went in the slings, both ships çon. 50 minutes past five, our colours tinued engaged in this manner till were lowered from the stump of 35 minutes past four, we frequent. the mizen-mast, and we were ly on fire in consequence of the taken possession of, a little after wreck lying on the side engaged. six, by the American frigate Cons Our opponent now made sail a- stitution, commanded by commohead out of gun-shot, where he dore Bainbridge, who, immediateremained an hour repairing his ly after ascertaining the state of damages, leaving us an unmanage- the ship, resolved on burning her, able wreck, with only the main. which we had the satisfaction of mast left, and that tottering. Every seeing done as soon as the woundexertion was made by us during ed were removed. Annexed I send this interval to place the ship in a you a return of the killed and state to renew the action. We wounded, and it is with pain I succeeded in clearing the wreck of perceive it so numerous ; also a qur masts from our guns, a sail statement of the comparative force was set on the stumps of the fore- of the two ships, when I hope mast and bowsprit, the weather their lordships will not think the half of the main-yard remaining British flag tarnished, although aloft, the main-tack was got fore success has not attended us. It
would be presumptuous in me to enemy, commodore Bainbridge, speak of captain Lambert's merits and his officers. who, though still in danger from I have the honour to be, &c. his wound, we entertain the H. D. CHADs, First Lieutgreatest hopes of his being re
tenant of his majesty's stored to the service and his coun
late ship Java. try.
P. S. The Constitution has also It is most gratifying to my feel. suffered severely both in her rigings to notice the gallantry of ging and men, having her fore and every officer, seaman, and marine mizen-masts, maintop-mast, both on board: in justice to the offi- maintop-sail-yards, spanker-boom, cers, I beg leave to mention them gaff, and trysail mast badly shot, individually. I can never speak and the greatest part of the standtoo highly of the able exertions of ing rigging very much damaged, lieutenants Hevringham and Bu- with ten men killed, the commochanan, and also of Mr. Robinson, dore, fifth lieutenant, and 46 men master, who was severely wound wounded, four of whom are since ed, and lieutenants Mercer and dead. Davis, of the royal marines, the Force of the two Ships. latter of whom also was severely wounded. To captain John Mar- 28 long 18-pounders. shall, R. N. who was a passenger, 16 carronades, 32-pounders. I am particularly obliged for his 2 long 9-pounders. exertions and advice throughout the action. To lieutenant Aplin, 46 guns. who was on the main deck, and Weight of metal, 10341b. lieutenant Saunders, who com- Ship's company and supernumanded on the forecastle, I also meraries, 377. return my thanks. I cannot but
CONSTITUTION. notice the good conduct of the 32 long 24-pounders. mates and midshipmen, many of 22 carronades, 32-pounders. whom are killed, and the greater 1 carronade, 18-pounder. part wounded. To Mr. T.C. Jones, surgeon, and his assistants, every 55 guns. praise is due, for their unwearied
Weight of metal, 14.90lb. assiduity in the care of the wound- Crew, 480. edLieut.-general Hislop, major Walker, and captain Wood, of his staff, the latter of whom was se- London Gazette, March 6. verely wounded, were solicitous to assist and remain on the quarter
Colonial Department, deck. I cannot conclude this let- Downing-street, March 3, 1813. ter, without expressing my grate- Dispatches, of which the folful acknowledgments, thus pub- lowing are copies, were this day liely, for the generous treatment received by earl Bathurst, one captain Lambert and his officers of his majesty's principal secrehave experienced from our gallant taries of state, from lieutenantgeneral sir George Prevost, Bart. artillery, the whole under the
. governor-general and commander- command of colonel Baynes, to
, in-chief of the forces in North cross the St. Lawrence and adAmerica :
vance to the support of major-genHead-quarters, Chambly, eral De Rottenburgh, whose front
Nov. 21, 1812. was threatened by this movement My lord,- I have the honour to of the enemy: the troops crossed acquaint your lordship, that the with uncommon expedition on the efforts of the enemy at Sackett's evening of Thursday last, the 19th harbour, on Lake Ontario, en- inst. and reached La Prairie that abled them to send out, on the night. 10th. instant, seven sail of armed I am happy to inform your lordvessels, manned by the crew of ship, that immediately upon the one of the American frigates, and alarm being given that the enemy commanded by some of their pa- were advancing, the sedentary val officers, having on board a militia flocked in from all quarters considerable detachment of troops, with a zeal and alacrity which I for the purpose of carrying the cannot too much praise, and which port of Kingston by surprise, and assures me that I shall derive of destroying his majesty's ship essential assistance from them when Royal George, then lying there. I the occasion shall require it. The have much satisfaction in reporting enemy, sioce the advance to Cham. to your lordship, that the vigilance plain, have made several reconand military skill of colonel Vin- noissances beyond the lines into the cent, who is in command at King, province; one in particular, on ston, frustrated their designs: and the night of the 19th, with a de
a after many hours of ineffectual tachment of cavalry, and a body cannonade, the American flotilla of about 1000 of their regular in. hauled off, and on the following fantry, the whole under the comday returned into port. I have mand of lieut.-col. Pike, who is also the honour to report to your esteemed in the United States an lordship, that, having received in- able officer; but falling in unformation of the advance of the expectedly with a small party of enemy with their whole force of Voyageurs and Indians, one of our regulars and militia encamped at advanced picquets, by whom they Plattsburgh, from that place to were fired upon, they were thrown the village at Champlain, about six into the greatest confusion, and miles from the province line, with commenced a fire upon each other, the avowed purpose of penetrating which was attended with a loss of into this frontier, I directed the about 50 of their men in killed and brigade of troops at Montreal, con- wounded, when they dispersed. sisting of two companies of the Our picquet made good their retreat Royals, seven companies of the 8th upmolested, and without a man or King's, 4 companies of the Mon. being hurt; by several deserters treal volunteer militia, and the 5th who have since come in to us, battalion of the embodied Canadian and some of whom were of the militia, with one troop of volun- reconnoitering party, we have asLeer cavalry, and a brigade of light certained their loss, and that but
a small proportion of the militia, of the forces in North Ameaccompanied them that night to rica:the lines; the others having wa
Quebec, Feb. 8, 1813. vered respecting advancing beyond My Lord, I have the honour them.
to congratulate your lordship upon I have the honour to be, &c. the signal success which has again
(Signed) George Prevost. attended his majesty's arms in Earl Bathurst, &c.
Upper Canada. Brigadier-general Head-quarters La Prairie. Winchester, with a division of the Nov. 28.
forces of the United States, con· My Lord, -Since my last report sisting of upwards of 1,000 men, to your lordship from Chambly, being the right wing of major-gethe vigour of the enemy's opera- neral Harrison's army, thrown in tions against Lower Canada has advance, marching to the attack gradually declined, and terminated of Detroit, was completely defeaton the 22nd, at noon, in a complete ed on the 22nd of January last, by retreat, which was effected in two col. Proctor, commanding in the divisions on that and the following Michigan territory, with a force days upon Plattsburgh, Burlington, which he had hastily collected and Albany; at which places, I upon the approach of the enemy, am informed, they propose to take consisting of a small detachment of up their winter-quarters. I beg the 10th royal veteran battalion, leave to transmit to your lordship 3 companies of the 41st regiment, copies of the general orders I have a party of the royal Newfoundland issued to the militia of Lower fencibles, the sailors belonging to Canada upon this occasion, as I the queen Charlotte, and 150 of cannot more properly bring their the Essex militia, not exceeding active loyalty and their desire to 500 regulars and militia, and about maintain the rights of their sove- 600 Indians; the result of the acreign before your lordship, for the tion has been the surrender of briconsideration of his Royal High- gadier-general Winchester, with ness the Prince Regent.
500 officers, non-commissioned I have the honour to be, &c. officers, and privates of the Ame
GEORGE PREVOST. rican army, and with a loss on their Earl Bathurst, &c.
part of nearly the like number in killed and wounded. For the details of this affair, which reflects
the highest credit upon colonelLondon Gazette, April 24. Proctor for the promptitude, galCOLONIAL DEPARTMENT.
lantry, and decision, which he has
manifested upon this occasion, I Downing-street, April 22. beg leave to refer your lordship to A dispatch, of which the fol- his letter to major-general Sheaffe, lowing is a copy, was this day re- herewith transmitted. I have also ceived by the eart Bathurst, one of the honour of transmitting to your his majesty's principal secretaries lordship, returns of the killed and of State, from lieutenant-general wounded on our part, and of the sir George Prevost, bart., governor- prisoners taken from the enemy, general and Commander-in-chief the latter of which, your lordship
will not fail to observe, more than periencing every resistance that exceeded the whole of the regular major Reynolds of the Essex miliand militia force which colonel tia had it in his power to make, Proctor had to oppose to them. with a three pounder well served Major-general Harrison, with the and directed by bombadier Kitson, main body of his army, consisting of the royal artillery, and the miliof about 2,000 men, was reported tia, three of whom he had well to be four or five days' march dis trained to the use of it. The retant from brigadier-general Win- treat of the gun was covered by a chester's division, advancing in the brave band of Indians, who made direction of Detroit. I think it the enemy pay dear for what he not improbable, that, upon hearing obtained. This party, composed of the disaster of this division, and of militia and Indians, with the the loss of his supplies, he may gun, fell back eighteen miles to commence his retreat: but should Brown's-town, the settlement of he persevere in his endeavours to the brave Wyandots, where I dipenetrate farther into the Michigan rected my force to assemble. On territory, I feel the fullest confi- the 21st inst. I advanced twelve dence in the skill and bravery of miles to Swan-creek, from whence colonel Proctor, and the troops we marched to the enemy, and under his command, for an effec- attacked him at break of day on tual resistance to every attempt of the 22nd instant; and after sufferthe enemy in that quarter. A ing, for our numbers, a considersmall detachment from the royal able loss, the enemy's force posted artillery at Fort George, with the in houses and enclosures, and which, light infantry company of the 41st from dread of falling into the hands regiment, have marched to reina of the Indians, they most obstiforce Detroit; they are to be re- nately defended, at length surrenplaced on the Niagara frontier, by dered at discretion; the other part troops now in motion from Mon- of their forcé, in attempting to retreal.
treat by the way they came, were, I have the honour to be, &c. I believe, all, or with very few ex
(Signed) George Prevost. ceptions, killed by the Indians. To the right hon.earl Bathurst, &c. Brig--gen. Winchester was taken
in the pursuit by the Wyandot Sandwich, Jan. 25th. chief, Roundhead, who afterwards Sir;-In my last dispatch I ac- surrendered him to me. You will quainted you, that the enemy was perceive that I have lost no time; in the Michigan territory, march- indeed it was necessary to be ing upon Detroit, and that I there. prompt in my movements, as the fore deemed it necessary that he enemy would have been joined by should be attacked without delay, major-general Harrison in a few with all and every description of days. The troops, the marine, force within my reach. Early in and the militia, displayed great the morning of the 19th, I was in- bravery, and behaved uncommonly formed of his being in possession well. Where so much zeal and of French-town, on the river Raisin, spirit were manifested, it would 26 miles from Detroit, after ex be unjust to attebopt to particular