the islands, where a landing was rited advance of a section produced effected in good order and with the flight of hundreds--from this little loss, although executed in observation all firing was directed the face of a corps formed with a to cease, and the detachment being field piece in the wood, and under formed in as regular order as the the enfilade of a heavy gun of the nature of the ground would admit, enemy's principal battery. The pushed forward through the wood advance was led by the grenadiers upon the enemy, who, although of the 100th regiment with un- greatly superior in numbers, and daunted gallantry, which no obsta- supported by field-pieces, and cle could arrest: a narrow cause- a heavy fire from their fort, way, in many places under water, fled with precipitation to their not more than four feet wide, and block-house, and fort, abandoning about four hundred paces in length, one of their guns. The division which connected the island with under colonel Young was joined the main land, was occupied by 'in the charge by that under major the enemy in great force with a Drummond, which was executed six-pounder. It was forced and with such spirit and promptness, carried in the most spirited manner, that many of the enemy fell in and the gun taken before a second their enclosed barracks, which were discharge could be made from it: a set on fire by our troops—at this tumbril with a few rounds of am. point the further energies of the munition, was found; but unfortu. troops became unavailing. Their nately the artillerymen were still block-house and stockaded battery behind, the schooner not having could not be carried by assault, nor been able to get up in time; and reduced by field-pieces, had we the troops were exposed to so heavy been provided with them: the fire and galling a fire from a numerous, of the gun-boats proved inefficient but almost invisible foe, as to render to attain that end-light and adit impossible to halt for the artillery verse winds continued, and our to come up. At this spot two paths larger vessels were still far off. The led in opposite directions round the enemy turned the heavy ordnance hill. I directed colonel Young of of the battery to the interior dethe king's regiment, with half of fence of his post. He had set fire the detachment, to penetrate by to the store-houses in the vicinity the left, and major Drummond of of the fort. the 101th, to force the path by the Seeing no object within our right, which proved to be more reach to attain that could compen. open and was less occupied by the sate for the loss we were momenenemy. On the left the wood was tarily sustaining from the heavy very thick, and was most obsti- fire of the enemy's cannon, I dinately maintained by the enemy. rected the troops to take up the

The gun-boats which had cover. position on the crest of the hill we ed our landing, afforded material had charged from. From this poaid, by firing into the woods; but sition we were ordered to re-imthe American soldier, secure be- bark, which was performed at our hind a tree, was only to be dis- leisure, and in perfect order, the lodged by the bayonet. The spi- enemy not presuming to show a


single soldier without the limits of loss of that active and intelligent his fortress. Your excellency hav- officer, captain Gray, acting deing been a witness of the zeal and puty quarter-master general, who ardent courage of every soldier in fell close to the enemy's work, the field, it is unnecessary in me while reconnoitering it, in the hope to assure your excellency that but to discover some opening to favour one sentiment animated every

an assault. breast, that of discharging to the Commodore sir James Yco conutmost of their power their duty to ducted the fleet of boats in the attheir king and country: but one tack, and accompanying the adsentiment of regret and mortifica. vance of the troops, directed the tion prevailed, on being obliged to co-operation of the gun-boats. quit a beaten enemy, whom a small I feel most grateful for your exband of British soldiers had driven cellency's kind consideration, in before them for three hours, allowing your aides-de-camp, mathrough a country abounding in jors Coore and Fulton, to accomstrong positions of defence, but not pany me in the field; and to offering a single spot of cleared these officers for the able assistance ground favourable for the operations they afforded me. of disciplined troops, without having I have the honour to be, &c. fully acconsplished the duty we (Signed) EDWARD BAYNES, were ordered to perform.

Colonel Glengarry light The two divisions of the detach.

infantry, commanding. ment were ably commanded by To his Excellency Lieut.-General colonel Young of the king's, and Sir George Prevost, bart. &c. major Drummond of the 104th. The detachment of the king's, Return of killed, wounded, and under major Evans, nobly sus- missing, in an attack on Sackett's tained the high and established harbour, on the 29th of May. character of that distinguished Total 1 general staff, 3 sercorps; and captaio Burke availed jeants, 44 rank and file, killed; 3 himself of the ample field afforded majors, 3 captains, 5 lieutenants, him in leading the advance, to dis- ensign, 7 serjeants, 2 drummers, play the intrepidity of British gre- 172 rank and file, 2 gunners, nadiers. The detachment of the wounded; 2 captains, 1 ensign, 13 101.1h regiment, under major Moo. rank and file, wounded and missdie, captain M.Pherson's company ing. of Glengarry light infantry, and two companies of Canadian volti.

Kingston, Upper Canada, geurs, commanded by major Ha

June 7, 1813. mot, all of them levies of the Bri- My Lord;-I have great satisfactish provinces of North America, tion in reporting to your lordship evinced most striking proofs of the result of a gallant affair which their loyalty, steadiness, and cou. took place beiween the armed rage. The detachment of the royal vessels of the enemy and our gunNewfoundland regiment behaved boats, supported by detachments with great gallantry.

from the garrison of Isle au Noix, Your excellency will lament the on the 3rd instant, in the neighbourhood of that post, which ter- I took with me from the garrison minated in the capture of the to act according to circumstances) vessels Eagle and Growler, each to land on each side the river, and mounting eleven guns, with four take a position to rake the vessels ; officers and 45 men. This feat the firing was briskly kept up on was performed under the direction both sides (the enemy with small of major Taylor, of the 100th arms and grape-shot occasionally): ,

regiment, who held the temporary near the close of the action an excommand at Isle au Noix during press came off to me in a canoe, the absence, on duty, of lieut.. with intelligence, that more armed colonel Hainilton, and the detach- vessels were approaching, and ments were composed of the royal about 3,000 men from the enemy's artillery, and 100th regiment. lines, by land. On this informa

The following officers are re- tion, I returned to put the garrison ported to me as having distinguish- in the best order for their receped themselves, viz:- Captain Gor. tion, leaving directions with the don, of the artillery; lieutenant gun-boats and parties, not to suffer Williams, ensigns Dawson, Gib. their retreat to be cut off from it; bon, and Humphries, of the 100th and before I reached the garrison, regiment; and lieutenant Lowe, the enemy's vessels struck their of the marine.

colours, after a well-contested In the contest, which was main- action of three hours and an half. tained for three hours and an half, They proved to be the United we had three men wounded; the States armed vessels Growler and enemy lost one man killed, and Eagle, burthen from ninety to one eight wounded.

hundred tons, and carrying eleven I have the honour to be, &c. guns each, between them, twelve,

(Signed) GEORGE Prevost. eighteen, and sixteen-pounder carRight Honourable Earl Bathurst, ronades; completely equipped, &c. &c. &c.

under the orders of the senior offi.

cer of the Growler, captain Sidney Isle au Noix, June 3, 1813. Smith, with a complement of fifty Sir ;- In the absence of lieut.. men each.

They had one man colonel Hamilton, I have the killed and eight wounded; we had honour to acquaint you, that one only three men wounded, one of of the enemy's armed vessels was them severely, from the enemy's discerned from the garrison at half grape-shot on the parties on shore. past four o'clock this morning, The alacrity of the garrison, on when I judged it expedient to this occasion, calls forth my warmorder the three gun-boats under est approbation; ensigns Dawson, weigh, and before they reached Gibbons, and Humphries, and the point above the garrison, an- acting quarter-master Pilkington, other vessel appeared in sight, and crews, of the 100th (Prince when the gun.boats commenced Regent's) regiment, and lieutenant

, firing. Observing the vessels to be Lowe of the marine, department, near enough the shore for muske- with three gunners of the artillery try, I ordered the crew of two to each boat, behaved with the batteaux and tworow-boats (which greatest gallantry; and I am par

ticularly indebted to captain Gor- By the last accounts received from don, of the royal artillery, and colonel Proctor, dated the 4th lieutenant Williams, with the par. instant, he was still at Sandwich, ties of the 100th regiment on shore, waiting for the reinforcements who materially contributed to the which, had it not been for the late surrender of the enemy. The events on the Niagara frontier, Growler is arrived at the garrison would have long ago reached him. in good order, and apparently a I have reason to think they are now fine vessel, and the boats are em- on their way to him, and when ployed in getting off the Eagle, arrived, he will probably be enabled which was run aground to pre- again to advance against majorvent her sinking. I have hopes general Harrison, who remains she will be saved, but in the mean strengthening himself in his positime have had her dismantled, her tion at Fort Meigs, where he is guns and stores brought to the gar- watched by a large body of Inrison. Ensign Dawson, of the dians. 100th regiment, a most intelligent

I have the honour, &c. officer, will have the honour of

GEORGE PREVOST. delivering you this.

Earl Bathurst, &c. I have the honour to be, &c. (Signed) GEORGE TAYLOR.

Sandwich, May 14. Major of the 100th regiment. Sir ;-From the circumstances Major-general Stoven, com- of the war, I have judged it expemanding at Chambly.

dient to make a direct report to

your excellency of the operations Number of men killed, wounded, and and present state in this district. prisoners, on board the United In the expectation of being able

States armed vessels the Growler to reach the enemy, who had taken and Eagle; June 3, 1813. post near the foot of the Rapids of

One killed ; 8 severely wounded; the Miam, before the reinforce91 prisoners.- Total 100.

ment and supplies could arrive, for

which only he waited to commence Kingston, June 14, 1813. active operations against us, I deMy Lord; „I have the honour termined to attack him without to transmit to your lordship the en- delay, and with every means in my closed report from colonel Proctor, power ; but from the necessary which, owing to the temporary preparations, and some untoward possession of York by the enemy, circumstances, it was vot in my has only just reached me by a cir- power to reach him within three cuitous route. I sincerely congra- weeks of the period I had propostulate your lordship on this addi- ed, and at which he might have tional proof of the steady discipline been captured or destroyed. and valour of his Majesty's forces From the incessant and heavy on the Detroit frontier, and which rains we experienced, and during have enabled them, under the ju- which our batteries were construccdicious arrangements of their dis- ed, it was not until the morning tinguished leader, so successfully of the 1st instant, the fifth day to repel the attack of the enemy. after our arrival at the mouth of the river, twelve miles from the corps. Where all deserve praise, enemy, that our batteries could be it is difficult to distinguish. Capopened.

tain Muir, an old officer, who had The enemy, who occupied sevė- seen much service, had the good ral acres of commanding ground, fortune to be in the immediate strongly defended by block-houses, command of these brave men. Beand the batteries well furnished sides my obligations to captain with ordnance, had, during our ap- Chambers for his unwearied exerproach, so completely entrenched tions preparatory to, and on the and covered himself, as to render expedition, as deputy assistant unavailing every effort of our artil- quarter-master-general, I have to lery, though well served, and in notice his gallant conduct in atbatteries most judiciously placed tacking the enemy near the batand constructed, under the able di- teries at the point of the bayonet ; rection of captain Dixon, of the a service in which he was well royal engineers, of whose ability supported by lieuts. Bullock and and unwearied zeal, shown parti. Clements of the 41st, and lieut. cularly on this occasion, I cannot Le Breton of the royal Newfoundspeak too highly.

land regiment. The courage and Though the attack has not an activity displayed through the swered fully the purpose intended, whole scene of action by the InI have the satisfaction to inform dian chiefs and warriors, contriyour excellency of the fortunate buted largely to our success. I result of an attack of the enemy, have not been able to ascertain the aided by a sally of most of their amount of prisoners in possession garrison, made on the morning of of the Indians. I have sent off, the 5th instant, by a reinforcement agreeable to agreement, nearly

ich descended the river, a con. 500 prisoners to the river Huron, siderable distance in a very short near Sandusky. time, consisting of two corps, Dud. I have proposed an exchange, ley's and Roswell's, amounting to which is referred to the American 1,300 men, under the command of government. brigadier-general Green Clay. I could not ascertain the amount The attack was very sudden, and of the enemy's loss in killed, from on both sides of the river. The the extent of the scene of action, enemy were for a few minutes in and mostly in the woods. I conpossession of our batteries, and ceive his loss in killed and prisontook some prisoners. After a se- ers to have been between 1,000 and vere .contest, though not of long 1,200 men. These unfortunate continuance, the enemy gave way, people were not volunteers, and and, except the body of those who complete Kentucky's quota. If sallied from the fort, must have the enemy had been permitted to been mostly killed or taken. receive his reinforcements and sup

In this decisive affair, the officers plies undisturbed, I should have and men of the 41st regiment, who had, at this critical juncture, to charged and routed the

enemy near contend with him for Detroit, or the batteries, well maintained the perhaps on this shore. long established reputation of the I had not the option of retaining

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