The Original Journal of General Solomon Lovell, Kept During the Penobscot Expedition, 1779: With a Sketch of His Life (Google eBook)

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Weymouth Historical Society, 1881 - Maine - 127 pages
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Page 63 - We think Delays in the present case are extremely dangerous : as our Enemies are daily fortifying and strengthening themselves, & are stimulated so to do being in daily Expectation of a Reinforcement. We don't mean to advise, or censure your past conduct, But intend only to express our desire of improving the present opportunity to go Immediately into the Harbour & attack the Enemy's ships, however we humbly submit our Sentiments to the better Judgment of those in Superior command.
Page 58 - If they belonged to the train band or alarm list they were soldiers, whether they could carry a gun, walk a mile without crutches or only compos mentis sufficient to keep themselves out of fire and water.
Page 65 - When I returned to the Shore it struck me with admiration to see what a Precipice we had ascended, not being able to take so scrutinous a view of it in time of Battle, it is...
Page 81 - Naval-Council against offensive operations, which majority was mostly made up of the commanders of private armed vessels, yet he repeatedly said, it was matter of favor that he called any Councils, and when he had taken their advice he should follow his own opinion.
Page 78 - Vessells, to attempt to give a description of this terrible Day is out of my Power it would be a fit Subject for some masterly hand to describe it in its true colours, to see four Ships...
Page 105 - Armed Vessells nine of which were stout Ships, Transports on fire, Men of War blowing up, Provision of all kinds & every kind of Stores on Shore (at least in small Quantities) throwing about, and as much confusion as can possibly be conceived.
Page 59 - The adjutant says farther, in relation to their equipments : " most of them had arms, but many were out of repair, little or no ammunition, and most of the officers and men quite unacquainted with any military manoeuvre, and even the manual exercise." Major Todd states1 that he " received orders on the 2d July to repair to York County, to receive the troops raised there. Arrived at Wells on the 6th, and after the most urgent endeavors, consulting with General Frost and the colonels of the respective...
Page 80 - The committee of inquiry reported that the principal reason for the disaster was " want of proper spirit and energy on the part of the Commodore." 1 It is an interesting question for speculation whether a more " proper spirit and energy " would have been displayed by Captain Hopkins, who had recently been displaced by Saltonstall in command of the frigate Warren,2 and who otherwise would doubtless have led the American fleet into Penobscot Bay.
Page 80 - With the pursuing British extended over a long line, a resolute and skillful commander, backed by disciplined and subordinate captains, might have struck a blow of some effect at the enemy ; but probably under the circumstances the best course was followed in depriving them of a number of valuable...

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