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was ably assisted by the lieutenant the fort of Pancorbo, and shall colonel of artillery, Don Jozé Jara- supply it immediately with probia, and the serjeant-major, Don visions and water; but I shall not Bartolomo Gutierrez, and other make any addition to the works, subaltern officers. Eight hours without knowing first the intenafter the battery was commenced, tions of the general-in-chief relathe guns began to open upon the tive to the demolition or preservaenemy, and besides causing him. tion of this place. considerable loss, impressed him I have the honour to be, &c. with sufficient respect for us. (Signed) EL CONDE DE ABISBAL,
I cannot but call the attention To Don Louis de Wimpffen, &c. of the general-in-chief of the na- [Here follows the capitulation of tional armies to the valour and the Fort Santa Engracia de Panactivity displayed upon this occa- corbo, by which the garrison are sion by brigadier-general Don made prisoners of war, and are Jozé Latorre, commanding the 1st allowed the honours of war ; the brigade of infantry; by the chief officers to retain their swords, of the staff of the army, colonel horses, and baggage; and the serDon Miguel Desmaysieres, who jeants and soldiers their effects, scarcely took one moment's rest and be furnished with means of during the siege, which lasted three transport, and to be exchanged by days, and to the good conduct of the first cartel that takes place, the officers of the staff who were and they will for that purpose be placed under his orders, and that removed to as small a distance as of the commander and officers of possible.] the infantry and cavalry which composed the besieging corps. Extract of a letter from the.
I must also notice the meritori.. marquis of Wellington, dated ous conduct of my aides-de-camp Ostiz, July 3. lieut.-colonels Don Jozé de Ruiz, I have reported, in my dispatch Don Jozé Maria Reyna, Don Vic- of this day, that lieut,-general tor Vinader, and lieutenant Don Be- sir John Murray had raised the nito Diaz, and of my military secre- siege of Tarragona, and had emtary Don Jozé Serfate and Salagar, barked, leaving behind him a porwho carried my orders, on several tion of his artillery. On this occasions, to the very walls of the transaction, I do not think myself enemy's fort, heedless of the latter's sufficiently informed to be able to fire. The enemy kept up a brisk write more. fire from his guns, &c. but the I enclose copies of the letters. loss which he occasioned us has which I have received relating to been very inconsiderable.
The Tarragona. enemy's surrendering the place created great regret among the Camp before Tarragona, June 9. troops, who had consented to take My Lord :-In my letter of May it by assault, and they only console, the Ž8th, I had the honour to inthemselves with the hope of there form your lordship, that, in obe. being some more places to conquer. dience to your lordship’s instrucI have put a small garrison into tions, the British army was then embarking. On the 31st we sailed, good conduct of ensign Nelson, and anchored to the eastward of of the 67th, and ensign John Salon point, on the evening of the Dermot, of Roll Dillon's batta2nd inst. On the 3rd the army dis- lion. embarked, and I invested Tarra- I have the honour to be, &c. gona.
(Signed) J. Murray, Lieut.-Gen. Previous to coming to an anchor, His Excellency the Marquis I detached lieut.-colonel Prevost's of Wellington. brigade, under convoy of the Brune, P.S. I have omitted to say, that to attack the fort of St. Philippe; captain Carrol's services were parand in the night, general Copons, ticularly meritorious ; and lieut. at my request, detached a brigade Corbyn, of the Invincible, who of infantry to co-operate. The commanded a battery manned by brigade of col. Prevost consists of seamen, kept up a well-directed the 2nd, 67th, and the battalion of and heavy fire. The importance Roll Dillon; and to these was of this acquisition, and the rapidity subsequently joined the brigade of with which the fort has been Spanish troops commanded by col. taken, make it quite unnecessary Lander. - The fort has been taken, for me to say how much I approve and I have the honour to enclose of the conduct of lieutenantcolonel Prevost's report to me, colonel Prevost and of captain with the returns which he has Adam. sent.
[Here follows a letter from co. This capture,' in the present lunel Prevost relative to the capture situation of our affairs, is of great of Col de Balaguer.] importance, as it blocks up the nearest and most accessible road Return of killed, wounded, and from Tortosa to Tarragona.
missing, of the allied troops, under Admiral Hallowell, with that the command of Lieut.- Colonel alacrity and zeal for which he is Prevost, 67th regiment, at the much distinguished, sent captain taking of Fort St.
Philippe, from Adam, in the Invincible, to con- the 3rd to the 7th of June. duct'the naval part of the expedi
Camp under Fort St. Phi. tion, and added the Thames, capt.
lippe, June 8. Peyton; Volcano, captain Carrol ; Total-1 lieutenant, 4 rank and Strombolo, captain Stoddart; file, killed ; 1 serjeant, 1 drummer, Brune, captain Badcock. Lieut. 37 rank and file, wounded. col. Prevost speaks highly of the exertions of those officers and their
His Majesty's Ship Malta, men, and I know how valuable and
June 14, 1813. important their services were found My Lord ;- Admiral Hallowell to be. The troops of both nations has just decided on sending a ship bore their fatigue and performed to Alicant, and I have merely time their duty with the greatest alacrity to state to your lordship, and I do and spirit, and deserve every com- so with great regret, that I have mendation. The lieutenant-colonel been under the necessity of raising has, in a former dispatch, particu- the siege of Tarragona, and emlarly. noticed the gallantry and barking the army under my command. In my private letter of the ing great reinforcements to his 7th instant, I mentioned to your army. lordship the reports of the assem. To these corps must be added, blage of the French forces at Barce- a body of 1,000 men, which had lona, and that marshal Suchet was previously arrived at Tortosa, and likewise in march from Valencia; another corps, independent of the and stated it as my opinion, that garrison of 2,500 men, who had should these reports be confirmed, arrived at Lerida. These corps, the object your lordship had in which I am sure I do not exaggerate, view could not be accomplished, amount to 20,500 men, with which, Unfortunately these rumours prove in four or five days, marshal Suchet ed true, and reluctantly I resolved could attack the allied army, if he upon raising the siege and embark. thought proper; or avoid an ac, ing the army, as the only means of tion, if he wished still more to reavoiding a general action, which inforce his army. Your lordship, must have been fought under on the other hand, will observe, every disadvantage. I cannot at that I could scarcely bring into the this moment refer to dates, but field 12,000 men, and that the it is sufficient for the present to army of Catalonia was stated to state, that the French force at Bar- me at 8,500, making 20,500, celona was never rated to me at of which two British, and two less than 8,000, and that previous Spanish divisions were at the Col to their march it would amount to de Balaguer, and could not be 10,000, with 14 pieces of artillery. withdrawn; and I could not leave I have, however, no account that less than 2,500 to cover the artilit ever exceeded eight, and that is lery and stores, and to contain the the number on which my calcula garrison of Tarragona. The two tion was formed. This force, upon corps, at the least, would amount the evening of the 9th, or morning to upwards of 4,500 men, leaving of the 10th, marched out from me 16,000 men to meet the best Barcelona, and entered Villa French troops in Spain, amounting Franca, at four o'clock in the even- to upwards of 20,000. ing of the 11th, from whence it I am sure there is nobody more was reported to me to march at willing to give full credit to the 12 o'clock at night for Vendrells, gallantry of the Spanish troops distant only 18 or 20 miles from than I am, but your lordship well Tarragona by the great road, and knows that they are unable to a few miles further by another move, and I could not therefore road, by which cannon can easily depend upon the execution of any pass. On the 9th or 10th the order wbich necessarily, obliged arrival of marshal Suchet at Va. them to make a movement; and lencia was made known to me; of troops of this description I had his exact force was never perfectly about 13,000 men; unless, thereascertained, but from the intelli- fore, I could plaçe_them in posigence received from Valencia, he tion, which, as the French had the marched from thence with 9,000 option of fighting when and where men, and certainly in the rear of they pleased, it was impossible. I that place had the power of draw. could place any reliance upon tbem, My British and German troops in the most advanced batteries. amounted only to 4,500. Perhaps Had I remained another day, they your lordship may be of opinion, might have been brought off; but that under these circumstances, I this risk I would not run, when ought to have risked an action, had the existence of the army was at no other unfavourable objections stake, not only from unfavourable existed; but when your lordship is weather, but from the appearance informed, that I had no possibility of an enemy, in whose presence I of retreat if unsuccessful, -that could not have embarked perhaps at there would have been no hopes of all, certainly not without suffering embarkation if followed, and that a great loss, and without the possi. the army must have been unavoid- bility of deriving any advantage. ably lost, if beat, -I venture to I have only further at this time hope that your lordship will think, to add, should blame be attachhowever much it is to be regretted, ed to the failure of the expedition, that I have adopted the only means
no share of it can fall on admiral of maintaining entire, or indeed of Hallowell, who conducted the saving, an army on which so much naval branch of it. From that disdepends. I feel the greater confi- tinguished officer I have met with dence in this hope, on reverting to every assistance and co-operation the 13th paragraph of your lord in his power'; and I think it only ship's general instructions for the justice to him to state, that it was conduct of the campaign.
his opinion that the cannon in the I am fully aware there are many batteries might have been saved by circumstances which may require remaining till the night, and that further information, and upon all they then could have been brought parts I shall be happy to give every off. This, however, was a risk I explanation in my power. Your did not wish to run for so trifling lordship perhaps may be of opinion an object, and preferred losing that the place should have been them to the chance of the embartaken; but as it was far too strong kation being opposed, and of an to storm, I believe it not only to eventual much more serious loss. have been impossible, but that we I have the honour to be, &c. should not have taken it in eight or (Signed) J. MURRAY, ten days : my only regret is, that I
Lieut.-General. continued the siege so long. In. To the Marquis of Wellington, duced by the hopes of the rein- K. G. &c. forcements I expected, I continued it to the last moment, and fortunately the weather proving favour- COLONIAL DEPARTMENT. able, the troops were embarked without rcolestation. On this fa
Downing-street, July 29. vourable circumstance I could not A dispatch, of which the followdepend for another day, and there- ing is a copy, has been received fore, having taken my part, I im- from lieuto-general sir G. Prevost, mediately put it in execution, and by earl Bathurst, one of his maI regret to say, that I was in con. jesty's principal secretaries of sequence, obliged to leave the guns state :
Kingston, Upper Canada, force him, or until circumstances
shall oblige him further to fall My Lord ;-1 have the honour of back. Conceiving that the appearacquaioting your lordship, that, on ance of the fleet under commodore the 27th ult. the enemy succeeded sir James Yeo off the position ocin effecting a landing, about two cupied by colonel Vincent might miles from Fort George, under the give additional consequence to his cover of the fire of their flotilla troops, I have embarked the reand batteries, with a force so very mainder of the 8th regiment, confar superior to any which we could sisting of about 200 men, with bring against them, that notwith- which, and a supply of clothing, standing the most determined and ammunition, and provisions, the gallant opposition on the part of fleet sailed this morning. his Majesty's troops, under the The enemy's flotilla were seen command of colonel Vincent, he yesterday returning to Sackett's was unable to maintain bis position harbour, to which place they had, on that frontier, and obliged, after without doubt, been recalled by falling back upon Queen’s-town, to the attack upon it. I last night retire with the whole of his army, received a confirmation of this fact which he had collected from Chip from a flag of truce, which had pawa and Fort Erie, to the head of been sent over with one of our the lake. By the report of colonel wounded officers, from whom I Vincent, which I have the honour learn, that their fleet is in port, herewith to transmit, your lordship and that the whole of the naval will find, that this part of the fron- stores collectedat Sackett's harbour tier was not abandoned until every were consumed by fire on the day possible exertion had been made to of the attack. retain it, and until the forts and I have the honour to be, &c. batteries had been rendered, at (Signed) GEORGE PREVOST. least for a time, an useless acquisi- Earl Bathurst, &c. tion to the enemy, by their destruction, and that of the ammunition, which could not be carried away.
Admiralty Office, July 10. I have great satisfaction in stat- Copy of a letter from the hon. ing to your lordship, that, notwith- captain Capel, of his Majesty's
; standing the unequal contest which ship La Hogue, to John Wilson was so long and so gallantly sup- Croker, esq. dated at Halifax, ported by a handful of his Majesty's June 11, 1813. troops against an overwhelming Sir ;-It is with the greatest force, the army has not been very pleasure I transmit you a letter I considerably weakened by the loss have just received from captain they have sustained ; and that they Broke, of his Majesty's ship Shanwere enabled to retire without mo- non, detailing a most brilliant lestation from the enemy, to a po
achievement, in the capture of the sition at the head of Lake Ontario, United States frigate Chesapeake, where colonel Vincent will en- in 15 minutes. Capt. Broke redeavour to make a stand until I lates so fully the particulars of chis shall have it in my power to rein, gallant affair, that I feel it unne