History of the late war between the United States and Great Britain: comprising a minute account of the various military and naval operations

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J. Kay, 1844 - History - 298 pages
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Page 153 - that when the fort should be taken, there would be none left to massacre ; as it would not be given up while a man was able to fight.
Page 197 - Having maintained for a few minutes a very obstinate contest, muzzle to muzzle, through the portholes, " in which many of the enemy's balls were welded to the American bayonets,"* they succeeded in gaining the opposite side of the works.
Page 47 - Belt" in allusion to the broadsides which the President had given that vessel, before the war. The Guerriere had looked into several of our ports, and affected to be exceedingly anxious to earn the first laurel from the new enemy. The Constitution, being made ready for action, now bore down, her crew giving three cheers. At first it was the intention of Captain Hull to bring her to close action immediately; but on coming within gun-shot, she gave a broadside and filled away, then wore, giving a broadside...
Page 276 - To create an emulation and zeal among the officers and men in completing the works, I divided them into detachments, and placed them near the several forts ; declaring in orders, that each detachment was the garrison of its own work, and bound to defend it to the last extremity.
Page 219 - Porter would soon be a prisoner. His services could be of no avail in the...
Page 48 - On seeing this we ceased firing, so that in thirty minutes after we got fairly alongside the enemy, she surrendered, and had not a spar standing, and her hull below and above water so shattered, that a few more broadsides must have carried her down.
Page 220 - I therefore directed those who could swim to jump overboard, and endeavour to gain the shore. Some reached it, some were taken by the enemy, and some perished in the attempt; but most preferred sharing with me the fate of the ship.
Page 143 - We ceased to consider ourselves prisoners ;" and every thing that friendship could dictate was adopted by you, and the officers of the Hornet, to remedy the inconvenience we would otherwise have experienced from the unavoidable loss of the -whole of our property and clothes by the sudden sinking of the Peacock.
Page 219 - Still her commander, with an obstinacy that bordered on desperation, persisted in the unequal and almost hopeless conflict. Every expedient that a fertile and inventive mind could suggest was resorted to, in the forlorn hope that they might yet be enabled by some lucky chance to escape from the grasp of the foe.
Page 175 - ... brigade, were landed with a view to cover the boats in their passage through the rapids. On the llth an engagement took place, which continued two hours, between this detachment of the American army, and a detachment of the British under Lieut. Col. Morrison. — Both parties claimed the victory, but it was, properly, a drawn battle, the British retiring to their encampments, and the Americans to their boats. The loss of the British is not ascertained ; that of the Americans, in killed wounded,...

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