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Battles in the War of 1812


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Conn Courant 1838

BATTLES IN THE LAST WAR.--The Richmond Compiler of 10th inst., very appropriately remarks--How few remember that to-day, tomorrow, and the next day, are the anniversaries of the battles of Lake Erie, Lake Champlain, and Plattsburgh, and Baltimore, the first fought in 1813, the others in '14. A quarter of a century obliterates much from the minds of the survivors of the generation that the scythe of time has mostly mowed down in 25 harvest. Yet the illuminations and other rejoicings, exhibited when the accounts of these victories were received, seemed to indicate that they would be held in general remembrance for a much longer time. The following synopsis of these battles will probably be interesting to our readers.

1813, Sept. 10. --Battle of lake Erie, between the British squadron, commanded by Captain Barclay, and the U. S. by Captain Perry, which after an action of three hours and a half, terminated in the capture of the whole of the British force; the British had 41 killed, and 94 wounded; the American, 27 killed, and 96 wounded--British Force, 63 guns--American 54 guns.

1814, Sept. 11.--The Champlain British squadron under Commodore Downie, attacked the Americans under commodore McDonough, in the harbor of Plattsburgh, and after a sanguinary conflict of 2 hours, were (except the galleys) all captured. The Americans had 52 killed, and 58 wounded.--the British 84 killed, and 410 wounded, among the former Capt. Downie; American force, 86 guns--British force, 95 guns.

The British fleet was also repulsed in its attack on Fort M'Henry. During the Bombardment, the famous song of "The Star Spangled Banner," was written.

1814, Sept. 21.--Sir George Povost, with 14,000 men, repulsed in an assault upon the forts at Plattsburgh by Gen. Macomb, with 1500 regulars, and about 3000 militia, retreats under cover of the night leaving his sick and wounded to the mercy of his opponents, and destroying stores and provisions to a large amount.

Baltimore Patriot.

To which we may add the sortie of Fort Erie, Sept. 17, 1814, in which Gen. Brown attacked the British camp, destroyed their batteries, made 385 prisoners with a loss of 29 killed, as also the capture of the British schooner High Flyer, of five guns, Sept. 23, 1812, by the U. S. Frigate president, Captain Rodgers; and Sept. 1, 1814, the sinking of the British sloop of war, Avon, of 18 guns, by the U. S. sloop Wasp, Capt. Blakely, after an action of 46 minutes, in which the Avon had killed 9 killed and 32 wounded, and the Wasp two killed and one wounded.

U. S. Gazette.

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