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lery, which was attached to it, gallantly commenced, and with it sustained the action.
The volunteers and Indians performed their part; they drove the enemy's Indians and light troops until they met the British army: they meet the general's approbation.
of the reports of killed and wounded, the names of the wounded officers will be mentioned, in order that they may be rewarded with that honourable mention which is due.
By order of major general Brown.
Č. K. GARDNER, Adjt. Gen.
UNITED STATES' SHIP SUPERIOR, SACKETT'S HARBOR,
July 7th, 1814. SIR,
I am happy that I have it in my power to detail to you another brilliant achievement of lieutenant Gregory with his brave companions.
I received information some time since that the enemy was building a large schooner at“ Presque Isle.” I determined upon her destruction, but deferred the execution until she should be nearly ready for launching. Finding the alarm extensive down the St. Lawrence in consequence of taking the gun-boat Black Snake, I thought it a favourable opportunity to attempt something at “Presque Ísle.” On the 26th ultimo, 'I directed lieutenant Gregory to take with him Messrs. Vaughan and Dixon, proceed with the two largest gigs to Nicholas Island, (within about seven miles of “Presque Isle” harbor) and there conceal his boats and wait for some transports which I had information were expected there to take up provision and munitions of war, which had been sent
up the Bay of Quinta for the troops at York and Fort George, but if these transports did not make their appearance in three or four days, then to proceed to “ Presque Isle," and burn the vessel on the stocks; but with positive orders not to injure any private property. The day after lieutenant Gregory arrived on the coast, he discovered a vessel beating up, but just as he shoved off to board her, a large gun-boat hove in sight a little below him. This boat made a signal to the vessel in the offing, upon which she tacked and stood for the gun-boat. Lieutenant Gregory secreted his boats as well as he could, but was apprehensive that he had been discovered. The gun-boat and her convoy (which was full of troops) stood into “Presque Isle.” Lieutenant Gregory was determined to ascertain whether he had been discovered ; accordingly he sent one of his boats in the next night and took off one of the inhabitants, who informed him that it was known he was on the coast, and that two expresses had been sent to Kingston in .consequence. He therefore determined upon executing the latter part of his instructions and made his arrangements accordingly,
Landed, placed sentinels at the houses to prevent alarm, and set fire to the vessel, which was nearly ready to launch; she was a stout well built vessel to mount 14 guns, and would probably have been launched in about ten days. A small store-house, whieh contained stores for the vessel, was unavoidably burnt, as it was so near the vessel that it took fire from her.
Lieutenant Gregory learned from the inhabitants that much property had been sent up a few days previous, that a company of the Glengary regiment had been stationed there, but had been sent to York a few days before; another company
was on its way from Kingston to replace them. The few militia which had been left to guard the vessel and property, retreated upon the approach of our boats. As soon as the vessel was entirely consumed, lieutenant Gregory re-embarked his men without having permitted one of them to enter a house; finding the alarm so general, he thought prudent to cross the lake immediately; he stopped one day at Oswego for refreshment, and arrived here last evening, having performed a most difficult service with his usual gallantry and good conduct.
Lieutenant Gregory speaks in the highest terms of sailing-master Vaughan, and Mr. Dixon, as well as the men under his command, for their patient endurance of hunger and fatigue, and the zeal with which they performed every part of their duty.
I think, in justice to these brave men, that they ought to be allowed something for the destruction of this vessel : they have, however, every confidence in the justice and liberality of the government, and submit their case most cheerfully to its decision.
I have the honour to be, &c.
ISAAC CHAUNCEY. Honourable William Jones, Secretary of the Navy.'
REINDEER CAPTURED BY THE WASP.
UNITED STATES' SHIP WASP, L'ORIENT, July 8th, 1814. SIR,
On Tuesday the 28th instant, being then in latitude 48, 36, north, and longitude 11, 15, west, we fell in with, engaged, and after an action of nineteen minutes, captured his Britannic majesty's sloop of war the Reindeer, William Manners, esquire, commander.
Where all did their duty and each appeared anxious to excel, it is very difficult to discriminate. It is, however, only rendering them their merited due, when it is declared of lieutenants Reily and Bury, 1st and 3d of this vessel, and whose names will be found among those of the conquerors of the Guerriere and Java; and of Mr. Tillinghast, ad lieutenant, who was greatly instrumental in the capture of the Boxer ; that their conduct and cour
age on this occasion fulfilled my highest expectations and gratified every wish. Sailing-master Carr is also entitled to great credit for the zeal and ability with which he discharged his various duties.
The cool and patient conduct of every officer and man, while exposed to the fire of the shifting gun of the enemy, and without an opportunity of returning it, could only be equalled by the ani mation and ardor exhibited when actually engaged, or by the promptitude and firmness with which every attempt of the enemy to board was met and successfully repelled. Such conduct may be seen, but cannot well be described.
The Reindeer mounted sixteen 24 pound carronades, two long 6 or 9 pounders, and a shifting 12 pound carronade, with a complement (on board) of 118 men. Her crew were said to be the pride of Plymouth.
Our loss in men has been severe, owing in part to the proximity of the two vessels and the extreme smoothness of the sea, but .. chiefly in repelling boarders. That of the enemy, however, was infinitely more so, as will be seen by the list of killed and wounded on both sides.
Six round shot struck our bull, and many grape which did not penetrate far. The fore-mast received a 24 pound shot, which passed through its centre, and our rigging and sails were a good deal injured.
The Reindeer was literally cut to pieces in a line with her ports ; her upper works, boats and spare spars, were one complete wreck. A breeze springing up next afternoon, her fore-mast went by the board.
Having received all the prisoners on board, which from the number of wounded occupied much time, together with their baggage, the Reindeer was on the evening of the 29th set on fire, and in a few hours blew up. I have the honour to be, &c.
J. BLAKELEY. Honourable William Jones, Secretary of the Navy.
KILLED AND Wounded.—The loss on board the Reindeer, was 25 killed and 42 wounded, total 67. On board the Wasp, 5 killed and 21 wounded, principally in boarding; among the latter, midshipmen Langdon and Toscan, both of whom expired some days after the action.
SUN-SET, PHILADELPHIA, July 14th, 1814. SIR,
In consequence of information received from general Foreman, at a late hour on the 11th instant, that four of the enemy's barges had been repulsed by a party of militia at Elkton, but that they were expected to return the succeeding night in greater force, I was induced to order lieutenant Morgan of the navy, to march 250 of the officers and seamen attached to the flotilla, to his assist
ance, for the defence of that place and the adjacent country. The above officers and sailors were embarked in a few minutes, and you will not think them inactive, when I inform you that in 3 hours and 47 minutes, the whole detachment, completely armed, reached the court-house at Elkton, carrying with them two heavy pieces of travelling artillery, notwithstanding the roads were excessively bad, and the night very dark and rainy. Disappointed in meeting the enemy, and his not evincing any disposition to return, lieutenant Morgan, with the detachment of sailors (master's mate Stockton, and 12 seamen left with a field piece to co-operate with captain Gale, excepted,) returned yesterday to the flotilla, by my orders, their place being supplied by captain Gale, and lieutenant Hall, with some marines from the navy yard, added to lieutenant Kughn and the detachment of marines of the Guerriere, all of whom reached Elkton early yesterday afternoon.
On lieutenant Morgan's leaving the flotilla with the detachment of sailors, I ordered lieutenant Gamble, attending the equipment of the Guerriere, to proceed to New Castle with the seamen and marines to supply their place. On lieutenant Morgan's return to the flotilla, lieutenant Gamble with the seamen he brought with him returned to Philadelphia ; and it is with much satisfaction I inform you, that the alacrity and zeal with which all these changes were made, does infinite credit to the officers, seamen and marines concerned in the same.
Captain Gale, with the detachment of marines, after proceeding as far as Cecil Furnace, will return again to Philadelphia (by the way of New Castle,) should there be no immediate necessity for bis being longer absent.
I am now about to organize a corps, consisting of 100 seamen, who can be transported across in four hours at any time, with the assistance that is promised me by the proprietors of the New Castle line oi stages.
I have the honour to be, &c.
JOHN ROGERS. The Secretary of the Navy.
PORTSMOUTH, July 15th, 1814. BIR,
I have the honour to inform you, that yesterday morning gun-boat No. 88, commanded by sailing-master George Clement, fell in with and captured, off'this harbor, a Chebacco boat, tender to the Tenedos, commanded by her 2d lieutenant, having also on board two midshipmen, and ten seamen and marines.
She had taken, the morning previous to her being captured, a small coasting boat, which was also re-taken by Mr. Clement.
The prisoners have been given in charge of the marshal, and left here this morning for Salem.
I have the honour to be, &c.
ISAAC HULL. Honourable William Jones, Secretary of the Navy,
HEAD QUARTERS, QUEENSTON, July 22d, 1814, DEAR SIR,
On the 20th the army moved and encamped in the rear of Fort George. General Scott, with the van, had some skirmishing before the main body came up; but as the enemy kept close to their works, nothing important occurred. No force was left in our rear; the Heights were abandoned to the enemy, and we did hope that the movement would have induced him to re-occupy them, or close in nearer to us, so as to bring on an engagement out of his works. In this we were disappointed. The army returned to-day, and found a body of militia and a few regulars in and about the Heights. General Porter pursued with his command and a few regulars, and was so fortunate as to come up with and capture seven officers and ten privates. They will be sent to Greenbush.
I have the honour to be, &c.
JACOB BROWN. Honourable John Armstrong, Secretary of War,
HEAD QUARTERS, CHIPPEWA, July 25th, 1814, DEAR SIR,
On the 23d instant, I received a letter by express from general Gaines, advising me, that on the 20th the heavy guns that I had ordered from the harbor, to enable me to operate against forts George and Niagara, were blockaded in that port, together with the rifle regiment that I had ordered up with them.
I had ordered these guns and troops in boats, provided the commodore should not deem it prudent or proper to convey them in his lieet, not doubting but that he would have been upon the lake for their protection, and that the enemy would have been driven into port or captured. As general Gaines informed r.., that the commodore was confined to his bed with a fever, and as he did not know when the fleet would sail, or when the guns and forces that I had been expecting would even leave Sackett's ríarbor, I have thought it proper to change my position, with a view to other objects. You know how greatly I am disappointed, and therefore I will not dwell upon that painful subject. And you can best perceive how much has been lost by the delay; and the command of lake Ontario being with the enemy-reliance being placed on a different state of things.
The Indians all left me some time since. It is said that they will return, but this you will perceive depends on circumstances. The reinforcement ordered on from the west have not arrived.
I have the honour to be, &c.
JACOB BROWN, Honourable Secretary of War, Washington.