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peculiar distinction; and as the dis- Captain Jones succeeded to the tace I was at myself, does not command of the brigade, and conenable me to perform this act of ducted it with great ability. justice from personal observation, Sir James Leith likewise partiI have taken every pains to collect cularizes captain Taylor, 48th reinformation from the superior offi- giment, brigade-major to the 1st cers. Lieut.-general sir James brigade, and lieutenant Le Blanc, Leith, justified, in the fullest man. of the 4th foot, who led the light ner, the confidence reposed in his infantry company of the regiment tried judgment and distinguished immediately after the forlorn hope, gallantry, conducting and directing and is the only surviving officer of the attack, till obliged to be reluct- the advance. antly carried off, after receiving Major-general Robinson unites a most severe contusion on the his testimony of praise of captains breast, and having his left arm Williamson and Jones, and lieut. broken.

Le Blanc, above-mentioned. He - Major-general Hay succeeded likewise commends highly captain to the command, and ably con- Livesay, who succeeded to the ducted the attack to thelast. Lieut. command of the 47th foot, on gen. sir James Leith expresses his major Kelly's being killed, and great obligations to major-generals kept it till wounded, when the Hay and Robinson (the latter was command devolved on lieutenant obliged to leave the field from a Power, who ably performed the severe wound in the face), and to duty; as also captain Pilkington, lieutenant-colonels Berkeley and who succeeded to the command of Gomm, assistant-adjutant-general the 59th on captain Scott's being and assistant-quarter-master-ge- killed, and retained it till woundneral of the 5th division, for their ed, when the command of that zealous services, during this ardu- battalion fell to captain Halford, ous contest. He warmly recom- who led it with great credit, and mends to your lordship's notice, also brevet-major Anwyll, brigadehis aide-de-camp, captain Belches, major of the 2nd brigade. of the 59th foot; and, in conjunc- Major-general Hay having now tion with major-general Hay, he the command of the 5th division, bears testimony to the highly me- mentions in terms of great praise ritorious conduct of captain James the excellent conduct of major.! Stewart, of the 3rd battalion general Sprye, commanding the Royal Scots, aide-de-camp to ma- Portuguese brigade, and the very jor-general Hay; and he recom- distinguished gallantry of col. de mends to your lordship’s notice, Regoa, and the 15th Portuguese major-general Robinson's aide-de- regiment under his command, and camp, captain Wood, 4th foot, as of col. M'Crae, with the 3rd Poralso captains Williamson and Jones tuguese regiment; and maj.-gen. of that regiment; the former was Sprye mentions in terms of high severely wounded in the command praise, lieutenant-colonel Hill, of the 4th, following the for- commanding the Sth Caçadores, lorn hope in the best style, and and major Charles Stuart Campremaining long after his wound. bell, commanding the 3rd regiment,

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in colonel M'Crae's absence on lery service has been conducted general duty; and he expresses his by col. Dickson, with the greatest great obligations to captain Brac- ability, as was that of the engineer kenburg, of the 61st regiment, his department by lieutenant-colonel aide-de-camp, and to brigade-major sir Richard Fletcher, till the moFitzgerald. Major.gen. Hay speaks ment of his much lamented fall at most highly of the services of the mouth of the trenches. Lieut. colonel the honourable C. Greville, colonel Burgoyne succeeded to of the 38th, in command of the 2nd the command, and is anxious that brigade; and of the conspicuous I should convey to your lordgallantry of lieutenant-colonel ship sir R. Fletcher's sense of the Barnes, in the successful assault great merit and gallantry of capt. of the curtain, with the brave Henderson, in the attack of the battalion of the Royal Scots; and island, on the morning of the 27th also of the exemplary conduct of ult. and of the persevering exerlieutenant-colonel Cameron, of tions of majors Ellicomb and the 9th foot, and lieut.-colonels Smith, in pushing forward the Miles and Dean of the 38th, and operations of the two attacks the all the officers and troops engaged; latter officer having had the merit and he expresses himself as most of the first arrangements for the particularly indebted to the zeal, attack on the right. intelligence, and intrepidity of Bria Lieut.-col. Burgoyne was himgade-major Taylor, and captain self wounded, and only quitted the Stewart, of the Royal Scots, acting field from loss of blood ; but I am as his aide-de-camp, formerly men- happy to say he is able to carry on tioned.

the duty of the department. Major - general Hay likewise The conduct of the navy has expresses his great satisfaction with been continued on the same printhe gallant and judicious conduct ciple of zealous co-operation by sir of lieut-col. Cooke, commanding George Collier; and the services the detachment of guards; of of lieutenant O'Reiley, with the lieuto-col. Hunt, commanding the seamen employed in the batteries, detachment of the left division, has been equally conspicuous as who was severely wounded, and of before. all the other officers and troops of Your lordship will now permit the detachment.

me to call your attention to the Major-general Hay conducted conduct of that distinguished offithe division along the ramparts cer, major-general Oswald, who himself, with the judgment and has had the temporary command gallantry that has so often marked of the 5th division, in lieutenanthis conduct.

general sir James Leith's absence, I have now only to repeat the during the whole of the campaign, expressions of my highest satisfac- and who resigned the command of tion with the conduct of the offi. the division on sir James Leith's cers of the Royal Artillery and arrival on the 30th ultimo. Engineers as formerly particula- Having carried on with indefarized in the report of the firct at- tigable attention all the laborious tack. Every branch of the artil- duties of the left attack, no person

was more able to give sir James Josses of the troops may not be Leith the best information and as- quite correct. sistance. This sir James Leith I have omitted to mention the acknowledges he did with a libera- gallant conduct of lieutenant Gelity and zeal for the service in the thin, 1lth regiment, acting engihighest degree praiseworthy, and neer, who conducted a Portuguese he continued his valuable ervices column to the attack, and took the to the last, by acting as a volun- enemy's colours from the cavalier. teer, and accompanying lieute

(Signed) T. G. nant-general sir James Leith to the trenches on the occasion of the assault. I have infinite satisfaction

Admiralty Office, Oct. 12. in assuring your lordship of my The letters, of which the followperfect approbation of major-gen. ing are copies and extracts, have Oswald's conduct ever since the been transmitted to John Wilson 5th division formed a part of the Croker, esq. by vice-admiral sir left column of the army.

Edward Pellew, commander-inI beg to assure your lordship chief of his majesty's ships and that colonel Delancy, Deputye vessels in the Mediterranean :quarter-master-gen. and lieut.colonel Bouverie, assistant-adju

Milford, off Porto , tant-general, attached to the left

July 6, 1813. column, have continued to render Sir ;-I have the honour to acme the most valuable assistance; quaint you, that on the 28th ult. I and that the zeal of captain left Melada, and on the 30th asCalvert of the 29th regiment, my sembled the Elizabeth and Eagle first aide-de-camp, as well as that off Promontorio. On the 1st inst. of the rest of the officers of my the squadron entered the Quarnier personal staff, entitles them all to Channel, and on the 2nd in the my warmest and perfect appro- evening anchored about four miles bation.

from Fiume, which was defended Your lordship. Sas, with an at- by four batteries mounting fifteen tention extremely grateful to me, heavy guns. On the 3rd, in the permitted me to name an officer morning, the ships named in the to be the bearer of your lordship's margin* weighed, with a light dispatches home; and I beg to re- breeze from the south-west, with commend for that commission ma- the intention of attacking the seajor Hare, of the 12th foot, a gal- line of batteries (for which the lant soldier of fortune, who has, arrangement had been previously on many former occasions, served made and communicated), leaving on my staff, and is now attached to a detachment of boats and marines it as assistant-adjutant-general. with the Haughty, to storm the

I have the honour, &c. battery at the Mole-head, as soon (Signed) T. GRAHAM. as the guns were silenced; but the

wind, very light, shifting to the P.S. No return of artillery and S. E. with current from the river, stores has yet been sent in, and broke the ships off, and the Eagle I fear the returns of the severe could only fetch the second battery, opposite to which she anchored. our loss has been trifling; one maThe enemy could not stand the rine of the Eagle, killed; lieut. well-directed fire of that ship. Lloyd, and five seamen and ma

This being communicated by tele- rines, wounded. Nothing could graph, I made the signal to storm, exceed the spirit and disposition when captain Rowley, leading in manifested by every captain, offihis gig the first detachment of cer, seaman, and marine, in the marines, took possession of the fort, squadron. and hoisted the king's colours, Although the town was stormed whilst captain Hoste, with the in every part, by the prudent mamarines of the Milford, took and nagement of captains Rowley and spiked the guns of the first bat. Hoste, not an individual has been tery, which was under the fire of plundered, nor has any thing been the Milford and Bacchante, and taken away except what was afloat, early evacuated. Captain Rowley and in the government stores.' leaving a party of seamen to turn I herewith send a return of the the guns of the second battery property and vessels captured, and against the others, without losing have the bonour lo be, &c. &c. lime, boldly dashed on through Thos. Fras. FREEMANTLE, the town, although annoyed by Vice-admiral sir Edward Pellew, the enemy's inusketry from the bart, &c. &c. &c. windows of the houses, and a fieldpiece placed in the centre of the * Milford, Elizabeth, Eagle, great street; but the marines, Bacchante, and Haughty. headed by lieutenants Lloyd and Nepean, and the seamen of the A list of vessels, stores, &c. taken boats, proceeded with such firm

and destroyed at Fiume, on the ness, that the enemy retreated 3rd of July, 1813. before them, drawing the field- Ninety vessels; more than half piece until they came to the square, of the smaller class were returned where they made a stand, taking to the proprietors, 13 sent to Lissa, post in a large house. At this laden with oil, grain, powder and time, the boats, with their carron- merchandize; the rest were deades, under captain Markland, stroyed ; 59 iron guns (part only opened against the gable end of it mounted), rendered totally useless; with such effect, that the enemy eight brass eighteen pounders, and gave way at all points, and I was one field-piece, taken away; 500 gratified at seeing them forsake the stand of small arms; 200 barrels town in every direction. Captain of powder ; rations of bread for Hoste, with his division, followed 70,000 men, and two magazines, close to capt. Rowley, and on their with stores, &c. burnt: junction, the two batteries, with Thos. FRAS. FREEMANTLE. the field-piece, stores, and shipping, were taken possession of the gover

Milford, off Porto , nor, and every officer and man of

July 6, 1813. thegarrison having run away. Con- Sir,- I have the honour to insidering the number of troops in form you, that yesterday the squathe town, above 350, besides natives, dron under my orders moved from

the sea.

Fiame to this place, and the her, which I soon made out to be Haughty was dispatched with a cruiser; made all

sail in chace, prizes to Lissa.

and at half-past five came alongCaptains Hoste and Markland side of her (she having shortened landed with the marines, and sail, and made herself clear for an found the forts abandoned by the obstinate resistance), when, after enemy, who had spiked the guns, giving her three cheers, our action and thrown the ammunition into commenced, which was kept up

The boats went up to with great spirit on both sides Bocca Re, where a convoy of 13 forty-three minutes, when we lay sail were scuttled; one of them her alongside, and were in the act only could be recovered. Having of boarding, when she struck her rendered the guns, ten in number, colours. She proves to be the entirely useless, burnt the carriages, United States sloop of war Argus, and blown up the works, I have of S60 tons, 18 24-pounder car. ordered the ships to their several ronades, and 2 long 12-pounders ; stations,

had on board when she sailed I have the honour to be, &c. from America (two months since) (Signed). T. F. FREEMANTLE. a complement of 149 men, but in

. Vice admiral sir Edward Pellew, the action 127, commanded by bart. &c.

lieutenant-commandant W. H. Allen, who, I regret to say, was

wounded early in the action, and Admiralty Office, Aug. 24, has since suffered amputation of 1813.

his left thigh. Extract of a letter from captain No eulogium I could use would Maples of his majesty's sloop Peli- do sufficient justice to the merits of can, to vice admiral Thornbo. my gallant officers and crew ( which rough, and transmitted by the consisted of 116): the cool courage latter officer to John Wilson Cro- they displayed, and the precision.

of their fire, could only be equalled

by their zeal to distinguish themHis majesty's sloop Pelican, St. selves; but I must beg leave to

David's Head, East five call your attention to the conduct

leagues, August 14. of my first lieutenant, Thomas I have the honour to inform you, Welsh; of Mr. William Glanville, that in obedience to your orders to acting master; Mr. William Inme of the 12th instant, to cruise in gram, the purser, who volunteered St. George's Channel, for the pro. his services on deck; and Mr tection of the trade, and to obtain Richard Scott, the boatswain., information of an American sloop Our loss, I am happy to say, is of war, I had the good fortune to small: one master's mate, Mr. board a brig, the master of which William Young, slain in the moinformed me, that he had seen a ment of victory, while animating, vessel, apparently a man of war, by his courage and example, all steering to the N. E. At four around him; and one able seaman, o'clock this morning I saw a vessel John Emery, besides five seamen on fire and a brig standing from wounded, who are doing well: that VOL. LV.

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