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Pori au Prince, June 20, 1797. way. This reinforcement saved
the place, for it would have been I do myself the honour of in. impoffible for the Englifh and canclosing brigadier-general Church- noneers to have withstood much ill's report of the attack made by longer the perfevering and reiteratthe enemy on the Grand Anse, and ed attacks of the most daring and the repulse they met with in that desperate enemy, which never quarter.
ceased until morning, when they The brigadier-general acknow- retired (leaving the fort surrounded ledges, in the strongest manner, the with their dead) to a higher ground, important services which captain where they made a stand, in spite Ricketts, of the Magicienne, with of a sortie that was immediately ihe squadron under his command, made with some advantage. Here effected in the destruction of the they continued till the 22d inft. vessels of the enemy in Carcasse when they made an incurfion into Bay.
the interior of our cordon, took I have the honour to be, &c. and burnt the Bourg dance Marie,
(Signed) J. G. Simcoe, and made an attack upon the fort Right Hou. Henry Dundas, of L'Illet, from whence they were &c. &c. &c.
driven with great loss. In the Jeremie, April 30, 1797. mean time they were making every SIR,
difpofition for a regular fiege of The republican general Rigaud Irois, when, fortunately, the Magi: thinking the moment favourable to
cienne frigate attacked their small make a second attempt on Irois, fleet in the Bay des Carcaffes, sunk collected his very best troops, to three of their barges, and took the amount of 1200 men on the two schooners, all loaded with cannight of the 20th of April, at non and nilitary stores for the twelve o'clock, they attempted to fiege. The loss in their various atstorm the fort, in which was only tacks is generally estimated at 1000 at the time five and twenty of the men, it cannot be less than 800; 17th infantry, with their officers, before Irois alone were found up. commanded by lieutenant Talbot wards of 200 bodies, among which of the Sad regiment, and about 20
were many whites and mulattoes. colonial artillery-men, commanded Our loss was trifling indeed, conby captain Brueil
. The attack was fisting only of three privates killone of the most formidable and ed; but I have to lament lieute. determined I ever heard of, they naoť Talbot of the 82d regiment, returning to the charge three seve an officer of the most extraordinary ral times with such increased vi- bravery and good conduct, and gour, that many of them were kill- lieutenant Colville of the black ed in the fort ; but, to the immor- chasseurs, the only person woundtal honour of its brave defenders, ed, and fince dead. My most they were repulsed with equal cou- pleasing talk, fir, is to bear testi. rage and intrepidity, which gave mony of the courage, alacrity and time to colonel Dagress, with 350 spirit with which all the troops dimen of prince Edward's black ftinguished themselves in the va. chasseurs, to gain the fort from rious combats, particularly Monf. the Bourg below, from whence, in- de Brueil, commanding the artilledeed, they were obligod to cut their ry, whom I beg leave to recom
(127) mend to your favour and protec. carious. But I have reafon to be. tion.
lieve, from the report of colonel I have the honour to be, &c. Depestre, who commands in that (Signed)
quarter, that many of the negroes Geo. CHURCHILL, Brig-Gen. will escape and return to their Lieut. Gen. Simcoe.
plantations; many were left upon Port cu Prince, June 20, 1797. them; and I learn with pleasure SIR,
that the enemy had not the time or I do myself the honour of in- means to remove the coffee from formning you, that, on various con- the plantations in the Grand Bois, fiderations of great military iin- which is daily coming into Port au portance, I determined to re pof- Prince. less myself of the post of Mireba As the troops were
on their lais : in consequence, I collected march to their destined canton. the forces, and calling brigadier- ments in the Arcahaye Mountains to general Churchill from the Grand protect St. Marc's from an atack Anle, gave him the command, preparing against it at Gonaives, I with directions to execute a plan
received information of that town's that colonel La Pointe, from whom being besieged. The greater part I have experienced the most friend- of the army, assembled under the ly and active affiftance, had ably fommand of generai Churchill, by digested.
forced marches, proceeded to its The brigadier-general's letter, afiiftance; and as the retaking the which I beg permission to inclose, Mirebalais was unexpected by the will inforın you of the success of enemy, it had not only a tendency this expedition; but I have to re to disconcert their measures, but, gret, that, from fome delay of the
as I had foreseen, gave me an opcolumns, they did not move with portunity of sending a considerable that exactitude and concert I had detachment by sea from the plain hoped, by which circumstance a of the Cul de Sac to the immediate considerable object of the expedi- alli stance of Si. Marc's, without tion failed of success; for it was hazard. my intention to accord the pro. At the same time colonel the tection of his majesty's arms, in count de Rouvray, with a detachthe best manner posible, to the in. ment of 300 men, was detached to habitants of these districts, by di. strike at a camp of the brigands in recting the troops, in their different the mountains on the side of Leo. routes, to march with a secrecy and gane. The energy and activity of rapidity that might ensure on all this officer overcame the dificulfides the surprisal of the enemy, ties of the fituation; he effectually compel them to a hasty retreat, burned the camp and beat the eneand, driving them before them, iny from their several posts, killing might prevent their having an op between 40 and 50; and he reportunity of burning the planta. turned to Grenier with the loss of tions, as had recently happened at two men killed and seven woundJeremie, or from carrying off the ed. negroes and property beyond the The enemy, having attacked and Artibonite, at this time so swollen carried some of the out-posts of by the rainy season, as to render St. Marc, began the fiege of that any passage over it difficult and pre- important place, but were fortu
nately driven from before it with numbers (about 1200 men, with very considerable lofs. In the fuc- three pieces of cannon), muft, is cessful defence of St. Marc, the all probability, have coft us a numundaunted and active courage, and ber of valuable lives to have care the military conduct of the mar- ried; but this additional strength quis de Cocherell have merited gave us an easy victory ; for no my fullest approbation.
soouer did they perceive a detachI have the honour to be, ment of infantry and cavalry, With the utmost respect, &c. which I sent to gain the heights
J. G. Simcoe, and turn their fank, than they im. Mirebalais, June 2, 1797. mediately fled in the utmost confu: SIR,
fion, and with such precipitation, I have the honour to inform you, that though lieutenant-colonel Carthat, after giving previous orders ter, with the detachments of the to colonel Dessources to proceed 14th, 18th, and 21st British light with his column, in the morning dragoons, pursued them with that of the 30th ult. to his destined poit alacrity and spirit which has ever of La Selle, where, according to distinguished him, he could only your excellency's instruction, he come up with a very few. He fucwas enabled to take post, I moved ceeded, however, in driving a great forward with the centre column, many into the river Artibonite, under colonel Depeftre. We ar most of whom perished, and be rived, after two very lot days' had the good fortune to take two march, at Port Mitchell, not quite of their guns, with their ammunicompleted, and occupied by about tion, mules, &c. &c. The third 50 of the enemy, who retired on
was most probably lost in the riour approach. 'In the evening we ver, the carriage being left behind. discovered a column of troops de We found the fort in the Bourg of fcending the hills ou our left, where Mirebalais as perfect as it had ever they encamped. A detachment of been, and in no manner destroyed. cavalry was immediately sent to re We did not fee colonel Bazil connoitre them; they proved to be and his column till near an hour colonel Dessources' column. This after we were in pofseflion of oficer was unable, from the bad- Mirebalais; he was, however, at neis of the roads, and the heavy the place appointed, and had the rains which we have had every enemy made any stand, would have evening, to proceed to the place of fallen on their rear, and liave his destination; he therefoie, in a enabled us, no doubt, to have very proper and soldier-like man- given a better account of them. mer, marched and joined us; Although the action, from the which, in some measure, defeatel rapid retreat of the enemy, was your original plan of cutting off very short, yet, fir, I have the la. the enemy's retreat by La Selle; tisfaction to inform you that time but I cannot help deeming this enough was given to evince as junction rather a fortunate circum- much alacrity and foirit to enter stance, as it enabled us to drive it, both in the officers and men, the enemy from a very advanta- as I ever remember to have wit. geous position they had taken the nested. next day, to difpute our paffage, I enclose a return of the artillery which, from their superiority of and aminunition found in the fort
ged them out by main force, and The first lieutenant has fince
to cbtain a reform in parliament.'
and, after deliberating about two