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izé any; I cannot, however, re- spicuous on the 22nd inst., is the frain from mentioning lieuto-col. bearer of tbis dispatch, and will be St. George, who received four able to afford you every informawounds in a gallant attempt to oc- tion respecting our situation. cupy a building which was favour- I have the honour to be, &c. ably situated for annoying the enė. (Signed) HENRY PROCTOR, my; together with ensign Kerr,

Colonel commanding of the Newfoundland regiment, Tó Major-General Sheaffe, &c. who, I fear, is very dangerously &c. Fort George. wounded. The zeal and courage Return of Prisoners taken after the of the Indian department were never more conspicuous than on

action at Riviere au Raisin, on

the 22nd of January, 1813. this occasion, and the Indian warriors fought with their usual bra

One brigadier-general, 1 colonel, very. I am much indebted to the 1 major, 9 captains, 6 lieutenants, different departments, the troops

10 ensigns, 1 brigade-major, 1 ad having been well and timely sup jutant, I quarter-master, 2 surgeons,

2 plied with every requisite the dis. 27 serjeants, 435 rank and file trict could afford. I have forta

Total, 495. nately not been deprived of the

N.B. The Indians have brought services of lieutenant Troughton of in and delivered up several prithe royal artillery, and acting in soners since the above return was the quarter-master general's de taken; they continue to do so this partment, although he was wound morning, so that this return is not ed, to whose zealous and unwea perfectly correct, nor can a correct ried exertions I am greatly indebte one be procured until they arrive ed, as well as to the whole of the at Sandwich. royal artillery, for their conduct in (Signed) Felix TROUGHTON,R.A. this affair. I enclose a list of the Act. Dep. Assist.Quarter-Mas.Gen. killed and wounded, and cannot Returned of killed and wounded in but lament that there are so many

the action at Riviere au Raisin, of both; but of the latter I am Jan. 22, 1813. happy to say a large proportion Total-1 serjeant, 1 gunner, 21 will return to their duty, and most privates, 1 seaman, killed ; 1 lieuof them in a short time. I also tenant-colonel, 2 captains, 6 lieuenclose à return of the arms and tenants, 2 ensigns, 1 midshipman, ammunition which have been 6 serjeants, 5 corporals, 1 bomba

· taken, as well as of the prisoners, dier, 6 gunners, 116 privates, 12 whom you will perceive to be seamen, wounded.-General Total equal to my utmost force, exclus - 24 killed, 158 wounded. sive of the Indians. It is reported that a party, consisting of 100 men,

Admiralty Office, bringing 500 hogs for general

April 13, 1813. Winchester's force, has been com- Extract of a letter from vicepletely cut off by the Indians, and admiral sir Edward Pellew, bart., the convoy taken. Lieut. MʻLean, commander-in-chief of his majesty's my acting brigade-major, whose ships and vessels in the Mediterragallantry and exertions were con- nean, to John Wilson Croker, esq. dated on board the Caledonia, Port companies of the 75th; under the Mahon, March 7, 1813.

command of major Stewart. Light I have the honour to enclose the and contrary winds prevented the copy of a letter from lord William boats arriving until nearly dayBentinck, enclosing the narrative light, when about 150 men, with of a very gallant affair on the an auxiliary party of seamen under coast of Calabria, under the direc- the command of lieutenant Hune, tion of captain Hall, commanding were landed; and major Stewart the Sicilian flotilla, which you will without waiting the arrival of the please to lay before their lord- rest, pushed up immediately to the ships.

height, which we had previously Palermo, Feb. 23, 1813. concerted to occupy, and which a Sir, I have the satisfaction to complete battalion, with two troops transmit to you the copy of a report of cavalry, and two pieces of artilon a very brilliant and gallant en- lery, were prepared to dispute. terprise on the coast of Calabria, Aware of the enemy having cavalwhich reflects great honour on ry, I laoded a detachment of the brigadier Hall, commanding the rocket corps, under the direction flotilla, and major Stewart of the of corporal Barenbach, the fire of 75th regiment, as also on the whole which threw the enemy into conof the officers and men employed fusion, and facilitated the approach under their orders.

of our troops, which charged the I am sorry to add, that the ser- heights in a most determined way. vice has to regret the loss of major The enemy, however, did not Stewart of the 75th regiment, a abandon it until the colonel-comvery gallant and deserving officer. mandant Roche, and most of his

I have, &c. officers were killed or made pri(Signed) W.C. Bentinck, soners, and the height was literally

Lieut.-Gen. covered with their dead. The diSir Edward Pellew, bart., &c. vision of the flotilla under captain

Imbert had now commenced a most Messina, Feb. 16, 1813. destructive cannonade on the batMy lord ;-I have the honour teries, which held out with such to inform your lordship, that since obstinacy, that I was obliged to the attack of the 21st of July, the order them to be successively enemy had thrown up new works stormed. This service was perat Pietra Nera, and felt such con- formed by lieut. Le Hunte, with a fidence in their protection, that a party of seamen, in a very gallant convoy of fifty sail of armed vessels style. At eight o'clock everything had assembled within a few days was in our possession, the most past to transport to Naples timber valuable of the enemy's vessels and and other government property. timber launched, and the rest on Conceiving it necessary to destroy fire. Upwards of 150 of the enethis confidence, I submitted a pro- my killed and wounded, 163 priposal, which having gained your soners, amongst whom is the colordship's sanction, I proceeded on lonel of the regiment, three of his the night of the 14th with two captains, two captains of cavalry, divisions of the flotilla, and four and one of artillery, with his two

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guns (6 pounders), afford the best 1 boatswain, I seaman, killed; proofs of the manner in which 7 seamen wounded. both services did their work; very

(Signed) R. HALL. few of the enemy's cavalry es- His Excellency Lord W. C. caped.

Bentinck, &c. &c. &c. The determined

manner in

Palermo. which major Stewart, led his men to the attack of the enemy's position, did him infinite honour; and From the London Gazette, the army will share my regret at

March 23. the loss of this brave officer, who fell by a musket-shot, while with Copy of a letter from the hon. me pushing off from the shore, captain Irby, of bis majesty's ship after the troops were embarked. the Amelia, to John Wilson CroLieutenant Campbell, of the 75th, ker, esq. dated at Spithead, the who commanded the advanced, 22nd instant. was particularly and generally no- Sir;-I beg leave to acquaiot ticed. I cannot sufficiently express you, for the information of the my admiration of the very exem- right honourable the lords: complary conduct of lieutenant Le missioners of the admiralty, that Hunte, who was the observation of when I was about to quit Sierra sailors and soldiers.

Leone river for England, in his Colonel Robinson superintend- majesty's ship under my comed the debarkation, and was very mand, on the 29th of January, active. The army Alotilla officer, lieutenant Pascoe arrived there Don Luigi Muallo, is always dis- with the chief part of the crew of tinguished on these occasions : his majesty's gun-brig Daring, he Captain Imbert, of the Neapolitan having been obliged to run his navy, placed his division of gun- vessel on shore, and blow her up at boats in a manner that did him Tamara (one of the Isles de Loss) much credit. I solicit your lord- in consequence of having been ship's recommendation of this offi- chased by a French frigate, in cer, with don Gesolmino Patella company with two other ships, apand don. Pietri Trapani, to the parently frigates: he reported havnotice of his royal highness the ing left them at anchor off the hereditary Prince. I have the islands on the 27th. I immediately honour to annex a list of our killed dispatched Lieutenant Pascoe in a and wounded on this occasion, small schooner to reconnoitre the which your lordship will observe enemy (he having volunteered his is very trifling compared with the services); and on the 3rd of enormous loss of the enemy. This February he returned, having asof itself speaks more for the dis- certained their force to be two fricipline of the 75th than any eulo- gates of the largest class (L'Aregium, which, as an officer of a dif- thuse and Le Rubis), and à Portuferent service, I can presume to guese ship, their prize; that they bestow.

had nearly completed their water; (Signed) R. HALL, and, after unloading the Portu

Captain and Brigadier. guese ship, intended to give her up to the crew, and proceed them. the mast-head, and the breeze fallselves to sea to intercept our home ing, we shortened sail, wore, and ward-bound trade. Conceiving stood towards her. A little after that if I cruised off the Isles de seven, the enemy observing us near Loss (in the event of their not him, tacked and hoisted his colours. having left them), I might be en- At 45 minutes past seven p. m. abled to fall in with any of his being within pistol shot on his majesty's ships that might be weather-bow, both ships commenccoming down the coast, and also ed firing nearly at the same time, protect the vessels bound to Sierra which continued (remaining nearly Leone, of which I had received in the same situation) until 21 intelligence, I prepared to weigh; minutes past 11, when she bore when & cartel' arrived from the up, having the advantage of being islands with the master and able so to do, leaving us in an unboat's crew of the Daring, and governable state, with our sails, the master and crew of another standing and running rigging cut vessel they had taken, whose to pieces, and masts injured. Duraccounts corroborating lieute- ing the action we twice fell on nant Pascoe's report, I left Sierra, board the enemy, in attempting to Leone river, and worked up to the thwart his hawse, when he attempt islands : standing in at day-light oned to board, but was repulsed the 6th ultimo towards the island by the marines (which were comof Tamara, we joined the Princess manded by lieut. Simpson), and Charlotte government schooner, the boarders. Though I most sinwho informed me, one of the fri- cerely lament the numerous list of gates was at anchor at a consider killed and wounded which amountable distance to the northward ed to one hundred and forty one, from the other, which was appa- yet it is the greatest consolation in rently unloading the prize. I dis reflecting, that we were never once patched the schooner to Sierra exposed to a raking shot, or the Leone, to leave directions to any slightest accident occurred; all fell ships that might arrive to repair to by fair fighting. me. Having neared the island in It is with the most poignant rethe evening, the frigate to the gret I have to mention the names northward weighed, and stood out of the senior and second lieuteto sea; the other frigate bad sige nants, James Bates and John Pope, nals flying, and being observed at and lieutenant Granger, of masun-set with her topsails hoisted, I rines, among the slain ; they fell stood off for the night; and the early in the action : having been next morning one of the frigates, more than five years in the ship, (I believe L'Arethuse,) was just I have had ample opportunities of visible from the deck; it was then knowing their inestimable characcalm; on a breeze springing up ters, and the consequent loss the about noon, she stood towards us. service has sustained by their fallAs I had hopes of drawing her ing. It is with equal concern I from her consort, we continued have to mention lieutenant George standing out to sea till sunset, when Wille, the junior lieutenant, who not perceiving tlie other ship from fell while carrying on the duty on

the quarter-deck, when I had re.. ty's sloop Kangaroo, who was ceived a wound which obliged me wounded more than once during to quit it; and also that of that the action, I have appointed him good and zealous officer, lieute- to act as first lieutenant of the nant Pascoe, late of the Daring, ship. Mr. Samuel Umfreville, who commanded the midship guns master's mate, a deserving and on the main deck ; Mr. John valuable officer, as second, and Bogue, late purser of the Thais Mr. Edward Robinson, master's (invalided), received & mortal mate, who has received a severe wound below, after having been wound, as third, before wounded on the quarters The crippled state of the ship, deck.

and deplorable condition of the When I have the misfortune to wounded, having rendered the ob, state such a severe loss, I trust it ject for which I sailed from Sierra will be clear every person must Leone abortive, having every reahave done his duty. I feel most son to conclude that the state of grateful to my gallant officers and the enemy must have been such crew, as well as the supernumera- as to have greatly foiled him in his ries late belonging to the Daring, intended operations, being much for their cool, steady, and perse cut up about his hull, I thought vering conduct, which was worthy myself justified in not remaining the utmost success; but the sun on the coast, and therefore properior force of the enemy, (she ceeded with the intention of touchcarrying on her main deck heavy ing at Madeira or the western French twenty-four pounders,) the islands, for refreshments for the considerable quantity of gold dust sick, which, the badness of the we have on board, as well as the weather prevented, and arrived certainty of the other frigate come here this day. ing up, would have prevented me I must not omit to report to seeking a renewal of the action, if their lordships the high sense I enit had not been totally impracti- tertain of the humane and skilful cable.

attention of Mr. Williamson, surI should not omit to mention geon, and Mr. Burke, assistant, to their lordships, the admirable as also that of Mr. Stewart, late conduct of Mr. De Mayne, the assistant-surgeon of the Daring, master, who placed the ship so to the wounded, since this sanguiably at the commencement of the action, and his unremitting assi- I should also state, that although duity till the enemy kept away. our numbers were apparently My most grateful thanks are due strong at the commencement of to lieut. Simpson, of marines, and the action, yet from the length of John Colman, the purser, who time we had been on the coast, exerted themselves to the utmost, and much reduced by sickness, as well as Mr. Saunders, of the we had barely our complement African corps. Having received fit for duty, and they much enerthe greatest assistance from lieut, vated. Reeve, invalided from his majes- Herewith I transmit a list of the

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