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Kentuckians-remember the river Raisin, but remember it only whilst the victory is suspended. The revenge of a soldier cannot be gratified upon a fallen enemy. By command,
ROBERT BUTTLER, A. Adj. Gen.
Extract of a letter from general Harrison to the Department of
War. HEAD-QUARTERS, SANDWICH, U. C. 30th September, 1813. “General Proctor has with him 475 regulars of the 41st and Newfoundland regiments ; 60 of the 10th regiment of veterans ; 45 dragoons; and from 600 to 1000 Indians. Some deserters who left him the night before last, give the latter as the number. The citizens of Detroit suppose the former to be correct.
“The Ottawas and Chippewas have withdrawn from the British, and have sent in three of their warriors to beg for peace, promis. ing to agree to any terms that I shall prescribe. "I have ag eed to receive them upon condition of their giving hostages for their fidelity, and immediately joining us with all their warriors. The Wyandots, Miamies, and the band of Delawares, which had joined the enemy, are also desirous to be received upon the same terms.
The celebrated chief, Main Pock, is at the head of the hostile band on the Detroit side of the straight. Tecumseh heads that which remains with the British. The inhabitants of Detroit, who were in daily communication with them, make the former from 1000 to 1200. Their object in dividing their force was to make a night attack upon the part of the army which remained on this side, by a junction of their force some miles above.
“ A detachment of the army, and some of the vessels of war, will set out for the reduction of Mackinac and St. Joseph's in a few days.
“I have honor to be, &c.
* WILLIAM H. HARRISON." Honourable John Armstrong,
Secretary of War.
U. S. SHIP GENERAL PIKE, OFF NIAGARA,
October 1st, 1813. SIR,
On the 26th ultimo it was reported to me, that the enemy's fleet was in York. I immediately despatched the Lady of the Lake to look into York, and ascertain the fact-she returned in the evening with the information that the enemy was in York bay.
I inmediately prepared to weigh, but owing to a strong wind from north north-east, was not able to get out of the river before the evening of the 27th, and, owing to the extreme darkness of the night, a part of the squailron got separated, and did not join before next morning at 8 o'clock. On the 28th, the General Pike, Madison and Sylph, each took a schooner in tow, and made all sail for York. Soon after, discovered the enemy's feet under weigh in York bay-shaped our course for him, and prepared for action ; he perceiving our intention of engaging him in his position, tacked and stood out of the bay, wind at east. I formed the line an run down for his centre. When we had approached within about three miles, he made all sail to the southward. I wore in succession and stood on the same tack with him, edging down gradually in order to close. At 10 minutes past meridian, the eneniy finding that we were closing fast with him, and that he must either risk an action or suffer his two rear vessels to be cut off, he tacked in succession, beginning at the van, hoisted his colors, and commenced a well directed fire at this ship, for the purpose of covering his rear, and attacking our rear as he passed to leeward: perceiving his intention, I was determined to disappoint him ; therefore as soon as the Wolf (the leading ship) passed the centre of his line and abeam of us, Ì bore up in succession (preserving our line) for the enemy's centre; this manouvre not only covered our rear, but hove him in confusion. Heimmediately bore away: we had, however, closed so near as to bring our guns to bear with effect, and in 20 minutes the main and mizen-top-masts, and main yard of the Wolf, were shot away; he immediately put before the wind, and set all sail upon his fore-mast. I marie the signal for the fleet to make all sail; the enemy, however, keeping dead before the wind, was enabled to outsail most of our squadron. As it brought all the sail upon one mast, he did not feel the loss of his main and mizen-top-mast. I continued the chase until near 5 o'clock, during which time I was enabled in this ship (with the Aspin tow) to keep within point blank shot of the enemy, and sustained the whole of his fire during he chase. Captain Crane, in the Madison, and lieutenant Brown, in the Oneida, used every exertion to close with the enemy; but the Madison having a heavy schooner in tow, and the Oneida sailing very dull before the wind prevented those officers from closing near enough to do any execution with their carronadles. The Governor Tompkins kept in her station, until her fore-mast was so badly wounded as to oblige her to shorten sail: lieutenant Finch, of the Madison, who coinmanded her for this cruize (owing to the indisposition of lieutenant Pettigrew) behaved with great gallantry, and is an officer of much promise. Captain Woolsey, in the Sylph, was kept astern by the Ontairo, which he had in tow, but did considerable execution with his heavy guns.
At fifteen minutes before 3 P. M. I very reluctantly relinquished the pursuit of a beaten enemy. The reasons that led to this deter
mination were such as I flatter myself you will approve they were these: at the time I gave up the chase, this ship was making so much water, that it remired all our pumps to keep her free, (owing to our receiving several shot so much below the water's edge, that we could not plug the holes from the outside the Governor Tompkins with her fore-mast gone, and the squadron within about six miles of the head of the lake, blowing a gale of wind from east and increasing with a heavy sea on, and every appearance of the equinox. I considered that if I chased the enemy to his anchorage at the head of the lake, I should be obliged to anchor also, and although we might succeed in driving him on shore, the probability was that we should go on shore also ; he amongst his friends, we amongst our enemies, and after the gale had abated, if he could succeed in getting off one or two vessels out of the two fleets, it would give him as completely the command. of the lake as if he had 20 vessels. Moreover, he was covered at his anchorage by a part of his army, and several small batteries thrown up for the
purpose. Therefore, if he could have rode out the gale, we should have been cut up by their shot from the shore: under all these circumstances, and taking into view the consequences resulting from the loss of our superiority on the lakes at this time, I without hesitation relinquished the opportunity then presenting itself of acquiring individual reputation at the expense of my country.
The loss sustained by this ship was considerable, owing to her being so long exposed to the fire of the enemy's fleet; but our most serious loss was occasioned by the bursting of one of our guns, which killed and wounded 22 men, and tore up the top.gallant forecastle, which rendered the gun upon that deck useless. We had four other guns cracked in the muzzle, which rendered their use extremely doubtful. Our main top-gallant-mast was shot away in the early part of the action, and the bowsprit, fore and main-mast, wounded, rigging and sails much cut up, and a number of shot in our hull, several of which were between wind and water, and 27 men killed and wounded, including those by the bursting of the gun. The Madison received a few shot, but no person hurt on board. The Governor Tompkins lost her fore-mast and the Oneida her main-top-mast badly wounded. We have, however, repaired nearly all our damages, and are ready to meet the enemy.' During our chase, one, if not two, of the enemy's small vessels, was completely in our power, if I could have been satisfied with so partial a victory: but I was so sure of the whole that I passed them unnoticed, by which means they finally es
The gale continued until last night, but the wind still blows from the eastward. I thought it important to communicate with general Wilkinson, to ascertain when he meant to move with the army. I therefore ran off this place for that purpose ; and he thinks that the public service will be promoted by my watching sir James
at the head of the lake, and if possible preventing his return to Kingston, while he proceeds with the army for Sackett's Harbor, I shall, therefore, proceed immediately in quest of the enemy:
I have great pleasure in acknowledging the assistance I received from captain Sinclair during our chase, in using his best exertions to bring this ship into close action. The other officers and men behaved to my perfect satisfaction, and were extremely anxious to close with the enemy, even singly, and if he ever gives us an opportunity for close action, they will show that they are not inferior to any of their countrymen.
I have the honour to be, &c.
ISAAC CHAUNCEY, Hon. W. Jones, Secretary of the Navy.
TO THE PATRIOTS OF THE WESTERN DISTRICT,
The period being at hand which is to decide the fate of the province of Upper Canada, and the command of the Niagara frontier having devolved on me; I think proper to invite the old and young patriots of the western district, to join my brigade in defence of their country and rights any number not exceeding 1000 will be accepted and organized immediately on their arrival at Lewistown, and officered by the choice of their men,
As the movements of an army require secrecy, objects in view cannot be particularly developed ; but those who feel disposed to distinguish themselves and render services to their country, may be assured that something efficient and decisive will be done. The term of service will be 2 months, if not sooner discharged ; and every thing shall be done to render their situations as comfortable as possible. I wish none to volunteer who may have any constitutional objections to cross the Niagara river. One thousand four hundred of my brigade haye already volunteered to cross the river, and go wherever they may be required ; and 600 of them are now doing duty at Fort George. I flatter myself that no other consideration need he urged, than love of country, to excite the patriotism of the yeomanry of the western district. Given at head quarters, Lewistown, October 20, 1813. GEORGE M'CLURE, Brig. General
Commanding Niagara frontier,
Extract of a letter from colonel Smith, of the rifle regiment, to colonel A. Y, Nicholl, inspector general, dated
“LOWER SANDUSKY, October 20, 1813. “I have already collected 520 men of my regiment. The last accounts from the general, state, that he was in pursuit of Proctor,
who had evacuated Malden, a few hours before he landed. I fear he will make his escape. I leave here immediately for Portage, and probably for head quarters, to procure transports for my detachment.
WAR DEPARTMENT, October 4th, 1813. SIR,
Understanding that the defence of the post committed to your charge, may render it proper to destroy the town of Newark, you are hereby directed to apprize its inhabitants of this circumstance, and to invite them to remove themselves and their effects to some place of greater safety.
I am, &c.
JOHN ARMSTRONG. Brig. General M'Clure or officer commanding
at Fort George, Upper Canada.
HEAD QUARTERS, NFAR MORAVIAN TOWN,
on the River Thames, 80 miles from Detroit, October 5th, 1813. SIR,
I have the honour to inform you, that by the blessing of Providence, the army under my command has obtained a complete victory over the combined Indian and British forces under the command of general Proctor. I believe that nearly the whole of the enemy's regulars are taken or killed. Amongst the former are all the superior officers excepting general Proctor. My mounted men are now in pursuit of hím. Our loss is very trifling. The brave colonel R. M, Johnson is the only officer whom I have heard of that is wounded, he badly, but I hope not dangerously.
I have the honour to be, &c.
WILLIAM H. HARRISON. Hon. J. Armstrong, Secretary at War,
NEWPORT, October 5th, 1813. SIR,
I have the pleasure to inform you of the capture of the British armed sloop
Dart,” by the revenue-cutter of this place, last evening. She appeared off the harbor before sun-set; the captain of the cutter offered his services to go out. I put on board three sailing masters and about 20 men; she immediately made sail and laid aboard the Dart, and carried her by boarding; her first officer was killed; two of our own men were wounded slightly, The prisoners I send for your disposal. Very respectfully, your most obedient humble servant,
JOHN NICHOLSON, Com, John Rodgers, U, S. frigate President.