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into action. On this occasion the sions which have called his abili. fire of the Fairy had the most de- ties into action. His exertions cisive effect, as well as that of the were also particularly conspicuous Erebus, while the bombs threw in the prizes, many of which, altheir shells with excellent preci- ready sunk by the enemy, were sion, and the guns of the batteries weighed, masted, hove down, were thereby completely silenced causked, rigged, and loaded, by by about eight o'clock.
our little squadron, during the At day-light on the 6th I made three days which we remained at signal to weigh, and so satisfied Alexandria. were the whole of the parties
It is difficult to distinguish opposed to us of their opposition amongst officers who had a greater being ineffectual, that they al- share of duty than often falls to lowed us to pass without further the lot of any, and which each molestation. I cannot close this performed with the greatest credit detail of operations, comprising a to his professional character. I period of 23 days, without begging cannot omit to recommeyd to your leave to call your attention to the notice the meritorious conduct of singular exertion of those whom I Captains Alexander, Bartholomew, had the honour to command, by Baker and Kauah, the latter of. which our success was effected. whom led us through many of the Our hammocks were down only two difficulties of the navigation; and nights during the whole time; the particularly to Captain Roberts, many laborious duties which we of the Meteor, who, besides unhad to perform were executed dergoing the fatigues of the day, with a cheerfulness which I shall employed the night in coming the ever remember with pride, and distance of ten miles to commu. which will ensure, I hope, to the nicate and consult with me upon whole of the detachments, your our further operations preparatory favourable estimation of their ex to our passing the batteries. traordinary zeal and abilities.
So universally good was the To Captain Napier I owe more
conduct of all the officers, seamen, obligations than I have words to and marines of the detachment, express. The Euryalus lost her that I cannot particularise with bowsprit, the head of her fore- justice to the rest; but I owe it mast, and the heads of all her top- to the long tried experience I have masts, in a tornado which she en had of Mr. Henry King, first countered on the 25th, just as her Lieutenant of the Seahorse, to sails were clued up, whilst we point out to you, that such was were passing the Flats of Mary- his eagerness to take the part to land Point, and yet, after twelve which his abilities would have dihours work on her refittal, she rected him on this occasion, that was again under weigh, and ad- he even came out of his sick bed, vancing up the river. Captain to command at his quarters, whilst Napier speaks highly of the con- the ship was passing the batteries ; duct of Lieutenant Thomas Her. nor can I ever forget how "matebert on this as well as ou every rially the service is iudebted to Mr, other of the many trying occa Alexander Louthian, the Master,
for both finding and buoying the man sloop of war, when Captaiv channel of a navigation, which no Pearse informed us, that the ship of similar draft of water had United States frigate the Adams ever before passed with their guns had got into the Penobscot; but and stores on board, and which, from the apprehension of being according to the report of a sea-, attacked by our cruizers, if she man now in this ship, was not ac remained at the entrance of the complished by the President Ame- river, she had run up as high as rican frigate, even after taking Hamden, where she had landed her guns out, under a period of her guns, and mounted them on forty-two days.
shore for her protection. Enclosed is a list of killed and On leaving Halifax, it was my wounded, and also of the vessels original intention to have taken captured.
possession of Machias, on our way I have, &c.
hither; but on receiving this inJAMES A. GORDON, Captain. telligence, the Admiral and myTo Sir Alexander Coch
self were of opinion that no time rane, Commander-in
should be lost in proceeding to our Chief, &c.
destination, and we arrived here very early on the morning of the
1st instant. COLONIAL DEPARTMENT.
The fort of Castine, which is
situated upon a peninsula of the Downing-street, Oct. 9. eastern side of the Penobscot, near Major Addison arrived yester the entrance of that river, was day with a dispatch from Lieut... summoned a little after sun-rise, General Sir J. C. Sherbrooke, but the American officer refused K. B. addressed to Earl Bathurst, to surrender it, and immediately one of his Majesty's principal opened a fire from four twenty-four Secretaries of State, of which the pounders upon a small schooner following is a copy :
that had been sent with Lieut..
Col. Nicholls (commanding Royal
Penobscot, Sept. 18, 1814. work.
immedinour to inform your Lordship, ately made for disembarking the that after closing my dispatch on troops; but before a landing the 26th ultimo, in which I men could be effected, the
blew tioned my intentions of proceed- up his magazine, and escaped up ing to the Penobscot,' Rear-Ad- the Majetaquadous River, carrying miral Griffith and myself lost off in the boats with them two no time in sailing from Halifax, field pieces. with such a naval force as he As we had no means of ascerdeemed necessary, and the troops taining what force the Americans as per margin, to accomplish the had on this peninsula, I landed a object we had in view.
detachment of royal artillery, with Very early in the morning of two rifle companies of the 60th. the 30th, we fell in with the Rifles and 98th regiments, under Col.
Douglas, in the rear of it, with the 29th regiment, and to mainorders to secure the isthmus, and tuin it till further orders. to take possession of the heights As soon as this was accomplished which command the town; but l aud the tide served, Rear Admiral soon learned that there were no Griffith directed Captain Barrie to regulars at Castine, except the proceed to his destination, and the party which had blown up the ma remainder of the troops were gazine, and escaped, and that the landed that evening at Castine. militia which
assembled Understanding that a strong there had dispersed immediately party of militia from the neighon our landing:
bouring township had assembled Rear Adroiral Griffith and
at about four miles from Castine self next turned our attention to the road leading to Blue obtaining possession of the Adams, Hill, I sent out a strong patrole or, if that could not be done, to on the morning of the second, destroying her. The arrangement before day-break. On arriving at for this service having been made, the place, I was informed that the the Rear-Admiral entrusted the militia of the county had assemexecution of it to Capt. Barrie, bled there on the alarm guns being Royal Navy, and as the co-opera- fired at the Fort at Castine upon tion of a land force was necessary, our first appearance, but that the I directed Lieut.-Colonel John, main body had since dispersed and with a detachment of artillery, the returned to their respective homes. Aank companies of the 29th, 62nd, Some stragglers were, however, and 98th regiments, and one rifle left, who fired upon our advanced coinpany of the 60th, to accom- guard, and then took to the woods ; pany and co-operate with Captain a few of whom were made priBarrie on this occasion ; but as soners. No intelligence having Hamden is twenty-seven miles reached us from Captain Barrie on above Castine, it appeared to me Saturday night, I marched with a necessary measure of precaution about seven hundred men and first to occupy a post on the west- two light field pieces upon Buck. ern bank, 'which might afford ston at "three o'clock on Sunday support if necessary to the force morning the 4th instant, for the going up the river, and at the purpose of learning what progress same time prevent the armed po- he had made, and of affording him pulation, which is very numerous assistance if required. This place to the southward and westward, is about eighteen miles higher up from annoying the British in their the Penobscot than Castine, and operations against the Adams. on the eastern bank of the river.
Upon inquiry I found that Bele Rear Admiral Griffith accompafast, which is upon the high road nied me on this occasion, and as leading from Hamden to Boston, we had reason to believe that the and which perfectly commands light guns which had been taken the bridge, was likely to answer from Castine were secreted in the both these purposes, and I conse- neighbourhood of Buckston, we quently directed Major General threatened to destroy the town Gosselin to occupy that place with unless they were delivered up, and
the two brass 3 pounders on tra- : tacked; but all his artillery, two velling carriages were in
stands of colours, and a standard, quence brought to us in the course with several merchant vessels, fell of the day, and are now in our into our hands.. This, I am happy possession.
to say, was accomplished with very At Buckston we received very little loss on our part; and your satisfactory accounts of the suc- Lordship will perceive, by the recess which had attended the force turn șent herewith, that the only employed up the river. We officer wounded in this affair is learned, that Captain Barrie had Captain Gell of the 29th grena. proceeded form Hanıden up to diers. Bangor; and the Admiral sent an Herewith I have the honour to officer in a boat from Buckston to transmit a copy of the report compunicate with him, when find- made to me by Lieut. Col. john ing there was no necessity for the on this occasion, in which your troops remaining longer at Buck- Lordship will be pleased to obston, they marched back to Cas serve, that the Lieut.-Col. speaks tine the next day.
very highly of the gallantry and Having ascertained that the ob- good conduct displayed by the ject of the expedition up the Pe- troops upon this expedition, under nobscot had been attained, it was very trying circumstances; and I no longer necessary for me to oc- beg to call your Lordship's attencupy Belfast; 1, therefore, on the tion to the names of those officers evening of the 6th, directed Major upon whom Lieut.-Colonel John General Gosselin to embark the particularly bestows praise. The troops and to join me here.
enterprise and intrepidity maniMucchias being the only place fested by Lieut.-Colonel John, and now remaining where the enemy the discipline and gallantry dishad a post between the Penobscot played by the troops under him, and Passamaquoddy bay, I ordered reflect great honour upon them, Lieutenant Colonel Pilkington to and demand my warmest acknowproceed with a detachment of royal ledgments; and I have to request artillery and the 29th regiment to your lordship will take a favouroccupy it; and as naval assist- able opportunity of bringing the auce was required, Rear Admiral meritorious and successful Griffith directed Captain Parker, vices performed by the troops em. of the Tenedos, to co-operate with ployed on this occasion under the Lieutenant Colonel Pilkington on view of his Royal Highness the this occasion.
Prince Regent. On the morning of the 9th, As Rear Admiral Griffith will Captain Barrie, with Lieutenant no doubt make a detailed report Colonel John, and the troops of the naval operations on this which had been employed with occasion, I forbear touching upon him up the Penobscot, returned this subject further than to solicit to Castine. It seems the enemy your lordship's attention to that blew up the Adams, on
strong part of Colonel John's report, in position at Hamden being at which he "attributes the success
of this enterprize to the masterly receive your Lordship's commands arrangements of Captain Barrie, respecting the further disposal of royal navy, who conducted it.” them, and I take the liberty of
I have much pleasure in report- recommending him as a deserving ing to your Lordship, that the most officer to your Lordship’s protecperfect unanimity and good under- tion. I have, &c. standing has prevailed between
(Signed) the naval and military branches of
j. C. SHERBROOKE. the service, during the whole pro
N. B. The returns of killed, gress of this expedition.
wounded, and missing, and of arI feel it my duty to express, in tillery and ordnance stores taken the strongest terms, the great obo are enclosed. ligations I am under to Reur Admiral Griffith, for his judicious ad
September 18. vice and ready co-operation on P.S. The Martin sloop of war every occasion ; and my thanks having been delayed, affords me an are likewise due to all the captains opportunity of informing your of the ships employed, for the as- Lordship, that I have received a sistance they have so willingly private communication from Lieut. afforded the troops, and from Colonel Pilkington, acquainting which the happiest results have me that he had landed at some been experienced.
distance from Machias on the I have reason to be well satis- evening of the 10th instant, and, fied with the gallantry and good after a very difficult night's march, conduct of the troops ; and have that he had taken possession of to offer my thanks to Major-Gen. the fort, without loss, early the Gosselin, Colonel Douglas, and Dext morning. the commanding officers of corps, Twenty-four pieces of cannon, for the alacrity shown by them, of different calibres, fell into our and the strict discipline which has hands on this occasion, more than been maintained.
half of which the enemy To the heads of departments dered unserviceable. and to the officers of the general Brigadier-Gen. Brewer, who and of my personal staff, I am commanded the militia in this disa much indebted for the zealous trict, and some other respectable mauper in which they have dis- persons, has sent a letter adcharged their respective duties. dressed to Lieut.-Colonel Pilking
Major Addison, my military se- top and Captain Parker, of which cretary, will have the honour of the enclosed, No. 4, is a copy, and delivering this dispatch. He has the next day was appointed to been with me during the whole of receive these gentlemen, for the these operations, and is well ena purpose of accepting the terms bled to afford your Lordship any iherein offered. Lieut.-Colonel further ivformation you may re- Pilkington says, that as soon as quire. I have entrusted the co this is done be shall transmit me Tours and standard taken from the his official report, which I will enemy to Major Addison, who will forward to your Lordship by the