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I found that enemy had succeeded in boarding us and had gained possession of our quarter deck. I immediately gave orders to haul on board the fore tack, for the purpose of shooting the ship clear of the other, and then made an attempt to regain the quarter deck, but was wounded and thrown dowu on the gun deck. I again made an effort to collect the boarders, but in the mean time the enemy had gained complete possession of the ship. On my being carried down to the cock-pit, I there found Capt. Lawrence and Lieut. Ludlow both mortally wounded; the former bad been carried below previously to the ship's being boarded; the latter was wounded in attempting to repel the boarders. Among those who fell early in the action was Mr. Edward J. Ballard, the 4th Lieut, and Lieut. James Broom of marines.
I herein enclose to you a return of the killed and wounded, by which you will perceive that every officer, upon whom the charge of the ship would devolve, was either killed or wounded previously to her capture,
The Shannon had, in addition to her full complement, an officer and 16 men belonging to the Belle Poule, and a part of the crew belonging to the Tenedos. I have the honor to be, &c.
Com. Chauncey to Secretary of the Navy.
U.S. S. Gen. Pike, off Niagara, Aug. 4, 1813. [Extract.] SIR--On the 25th I was joined by the Pert, and on the 27th by the Lady of the Lake, with guides, and Capt. Crane's company of artillery, and Col. Scott, who had very handsomely volunteered for the service After conversing with Col. Scott upon the subject; it was thought advisable to take on board 250 Infantry, which by the extraordinary exertions of that excellent officer, were embarked before six o'clock the next morning and arrived and anchored in the harbor of York, at about 3 P. M. on the 31st, run the schooners into the upper harbor, landed the marines and soldiers under the command of Col. Scott,
without opposition, found several hundred barrels of flour and provisions in the public storehouse, five pieces of cannon, eleven boats, and a quantity of shot, shells, and other. stores, all which were either destroyed or brought away. On the 1st inst, just after receiving on board all the vessels could take, I directed the barracks and the public storehouses to be burnt ; we then re-embarked the men and proceeded for this place, where I arrived yesterday. Between 4 and 500 men left York for the head of the lake two days before we arrived there. Some few prisoners were taken, some of whom were paroled, the others have been landed at Fort George. I have the honor to be, &c.
CAPTURE OF THE DOMINICO.
Charleston, Aug. 21, 1813. [Extract.] I have the honor to inform you that the privateer schooner Decatur, of this port, arrived here yesterday, with H. B. M. schooner Dominico, her prize.
She was captured on the 15th inst. after a most gallant and desperate action of one hour, and carried by boarding, having all her officers killed or wounded except one midshipman. The Dominico mounts 15 guns, one a 32 pounder on a pivot, and had a complement of 88 men.
She was one of the best equipped and manned vessels of her class I have ever seen The Decatur mounts 7 guns; and had a complement of 103 men. I have the honor to be, &c.
JOHN H. DENT.
Burning of Sodus, N. Y.-Sodus was the first town burnt in this war. This was a handsome little village of about 40 houses.' The British appeared off the place, the 17th June, 1813, but finding a considerable militia force, put off into the Lake. The militia were disbanded on the 20th when the enemy again returned, and effected a landing.
Finding the public slores, chiefly removed, they immediately set fire to every valuable house in the village, and returned to their vessels, after suffering a loss of 4 killed, and several wounded, by a few citizens. The enemy's force consisted of the Royal George, Earl Moria, Prince Regent, Simcoe schr. and several small boats and tenders.
Attack on Craney Island. (Vir.)-On the 20th June, the British attempted a landing on this Island, for the purpose of more easily conquering Norfolk. Thirteen ships of the line anchored off James river, from which about 3500 troops were embarked for Craney Island.-. Com. Cassini, of the gun boats, and Capt. Morris, of the Constellation frigate, manned two batteries with 250 men on the point of he Island to receive them ; the remainder of the force, 200 were stationed on the beach. At 8 o'clock the barges attempted to land, but were driven back, with the loss of 250 killed and wounded, and 45 prisoners. and their largest barge, which was sunk, with 75 men on board ; the boat and 20 men were finally saved by the Americansour loss was 28 killed and wounded.
Capture of Hampton.The 25th of June the force that attempted Craney Island, landed at Hampton, and carried it after a gallant defence made by our militia, 436 strong, for forty-five minutes. The enemy attacked us by land and water; their land force was about 2500 strong; of whom 400 were riflemen. After our men were completely surrounded, they saw that they must either surrender, or break their way through the enemy's lines. They resolved upon the lalter, when the gallant Maj. Crutchfield, led them on, and broke the lines, and made good their retreat, after killing and wounding 200 of their adversaries. Our loss on this occasion was seven killed, twelve wounded, and twelve prisoners.
A scene now commenced sufficient to chill the blood of the Savages, and even put them to the blush.
• To give you, sir, (says Maj. Crutebfield in his official account to Gov. Barbour,) an idea of the savage-like disposition of the enemy, on their getting possession of the neighborhood, would be a vain attempt. Although sir Sidney Beckwith assured me that no uneasiness need be
felt, in relation to the unfortunate Americans, the fact is that on yesterday, (two days after the battle,] there were several dead bodies lying unburied, and the wounded not even assisted into the town, although observed to be crawling through the fields towards that cold and inhospitable reception.
• The unfortunate females of Hampton, who could not leave the-town, were suffered to be abused in the most shameful manner, not only by the venal savage foe, but by the unfortunate and infatuated blacks, who were encouraged in their excesses. They pillaged and encouraged every act of rapine and murder, killing a poor man, by the name of Kirby who had been lying on his bed at the point of death, for more than six weeks, shooting his wife at the same time, in, the hip, and killing his faithful dog lying under his feet. The murdered Kirby was lying last : night, weltering in his blood.'
Capt. Cooper to Lieut. Gov. Mallory. [Extract.] SIR-The enemy took possession of Hampton, with upwards of 2000 men against those above mentívned, with the immense loss of upwards of 200 killed and wounded, on their part. We had about 5 killed, 10 wounded, and 4 prisoners,--the balance have been accounted for.
• I was yesterday in Hampton with my troop, that place having been evacuated in the morning.--My blood ran cold at what I saw and heard.-Tears were shedding in every corner,--the infamous scoundrels, monsters, destroyed every thing, but the houses, and (my pen is almost anwilling to describe it, the women were ravished by those abandoned ruffians.--Great God! my dear friend, figure to yourself our Hampton females, seized, and treated with violence by those monsters, and not a solitary American present to avenge their wrongs!! But enough–I can say no more of this.
Certificate. The enemy robbed the Pulpit and Communion Table, in the Episcopal Church, of all the trappings, &c. together with all the plate, althongh inscribed with the name of the Donor, and of the parish to which they belonged. They committed Rape in many instances and murdered a sick man in bis bed, and shot a ball through
his wife's thigh; they wantonly destroyed every species of property that they had no use for, and, in fact, even stripped the shirt off the back of George Hope, sen'r about 70 years of age, and took the shoes from his feet, after pricking him with the bayonet.
JOHN WESTWOOD, Hampton.
Murder of John B. Graves.--Mr. Graves was a member of the 23d regt. Infantry, and was wounded through the arm at the attack on Sackett's Harbor in May, and was removed to Oswego. When Oswego was attacked, Grayes had so far recovered as to be able to load and fire, and stood his ground like a hero. Unfortunately, he was again wounded, and carried to a log house with two oth
Our meni shortly after retreated, and an ENGLISH OFFICER, a Lieutenant, came to the door of the house, and presented a fuzee at him ; upon which Graves exclaimed, .O mercy, for heaven's sake shen me mercy ; dont shoot me again, I am badly wounded! The officer cocked his piece, which was within its own length of Graves, weltering in his blood, and with an infernal grin, said I'LL SHEW YOU MERCY, GOD DAMN YOU,' and immediately discharged its contents, a ball and three buckshot, into his breast.--This inhuman villain soon met his reward, for scarcely had he turned his eyes from the object of his barbarity, when he was shot through the brain, and fell dead almost within reach of Graves.
Skirmishing at fort George, U. Canada. On the 14th of August 1813, Gen. Proctor attacked our pickets at day break; after a short engagement, in which the enemy had 15 killed, and one Capt. and several privates made prisoners, our force retired to the fort with the loss of 2 killed and several wounded.
On the night of the 17th, our troops and a few Indians formed an ambuscade, about 300 strong, immediately in front of the British camp. At day light our Indians rose and gave the war-whoop, and the enemy considering it a friendly call; came forth, and were wiihin half rifle shot before they discovered the stratagem. They were met upon all sides, and made but little resistance ; 75 being. killed the first shot, and the remainder, 16, surrendered as prisoners.