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ball, and an innumerable quantity of arrows, during the whole time the attack lasted. I had but one other man killed inside the fort, and he lost his life by being too anxious; he got into one of the gallies of the bastions, and fired over the pickets, and called out to his comrades that he had killed an Indian, and neglecting to stoop down, in an instant he was shot dead. One of the men that jumped the pickets, returned an hour before day, and running up towards the gate, begged for God's sake for it to be opened. I suspected it to be a stratagem of the Indians to get in, as I did not recollect the voice-I directed the men in the bastion, where I happened to be, to shoot him let him be who he would, and one of them fired at him, but fortunately he run up to the other bastion, where they knew his voice, and Dr. Clark directed him to lie down close to the pickets behind and empty barrel that happened to be there, and at day light I had him let in. His arm was broken in a most shocking manner, which he says was done by the Indians-which I suppose was the cause of his returning-I think it probable that he will not recover. The other, they caught about 120 yards from the garrison, and cut him all to pieces. After keeping up a constant fire until about six o'clock the next morning, which we returned with some effect; after day light, they removed out of the reach of our guns. A party of them drove up the horses that belonged to the citizens here, and as they could not catch them very readily, shot the whole of them in our sight, as well as a number of their hogs. They drove off the whole of the cattle, which amounted to sixty-five head, as well as the public oxen. I had the vacancy filled up before night, (which was made by the burning of the block house) with à strong row of pickets, which I got by pulling down the guard house. We lost the whole of our provisions, but must make out to live upon green corn until we can get a supply, which I am in hopes will not be long. I believe the whole of the Miamies, or Weas, were among the Prophet's party, as one chief gave his orders in that language, which resembled Stone Eater's voice, and I believe Negro Legs was there likewise. The Indians suffered smartly, but were so numerous as to take off all that were shot. 2. TAYLOR.

Copy of a letter from Major Thomas S. Jessup and James Taylor Q. M. Gen. N. W. Army to a gentleman in Washington City, dated

Chilicothe, (Ohio) Oct. 7, 1812. Sir-Your letter has been received, requesting from us a corroboration of Col. Cass's statement to the Secretary of War, of the surrender of the north-western army. We have read the Colonel's statement with attention, and find it a pretty correct history of our situation, although we. have observed that some important facts have been omitted. We have also read and examined the official report of Gen. Hull, and have found it abounding with inaccuracies and misstatements; the General has not only underrated his own force, but has, in our opinion, magnified infinitely. that of the enemy, and enumerated dangers and difficulties that existed only in imagination.

That the means within our power were not properly applied is a melancholy fact; and that the army was unnecessarily sacrificed, and the American armis disgraced none but the base and cowardly will atempt to deny.

You are authorised to make what use you may think proper of this letter.

We are with much respect, &c.

THOMAS S. JESSUP, Brigade Major N. W. Army.


Q. M. Gen. N. W. Army.

Skirmishing-Capt. Williams, on the 30th of August, with 21 men, and two waggons, while proceeding from St. Mary's to St. John's river, was attacked by an ambuscading party of Indians, who killed one man and wounded six, including Capt. Williams, who received seven wounds; three through one hand, and four in one leg.-He effected a retreat about 200 yards to a swamp, where he made a stand, and fought until all the ammunition was expended on both sides, when the Indians made an attempt with. their tomahawks, which this little band soon put a stop to, by charging bayonet, and rushing on them. The Indians destroyed one waggon and took the other to carry off their killed and wounded. Capt. Williams then proceeded to St. John's with his well and wounded, excepting one man,

who was not able to travel. The next day a party of Indians returned to the spot, when the wounded man rose up as well as he could, and called upon his party to rush upon the Indians, which startled them in such a manner that one of them sprung from his horse, which the wounded man caught and arrived safe at St. John's.

Capt. Forsyth, with 70 of his rifle company, and 34 militia volunteers, on the night of the 20th September, 1812, went over to a small village called Gananoque in the town of Leeds, from Cape Vincent, for the purpose of destroying the kings store house at that place. They landed unobserved, but were soon discovered by a party of regulars of about 125, and fired upon.-Capt. Forsyth returned the fire with such spirit, that the enemy were obliged to retreat to the village, where they were reinforced by a uumber of militia, and again rallied, but finding the contest too sanguine, retreated the second time in disorder, leaving 10 killed and 8 regulars and a number of militia prisoners: Captain Forsyth had only one man killed and one slightly wounded. After destroying the store house, with a quantity of flour and pork, our little band of heroes, returned to Cape Vincent, taking with them the prisoners, 60 stand of arms, two barrels of fixed ammunition, one barrel of powder, one barrel of flints, and a quantity of other public property taken from the store-house.

On the 4th of October, about forty British boats escorted by two gun boats, attempted to pass from Johnstown to Prescott, by Ogdensburg-On their leaving Johnstown, the batteries at Prescott opened on Ogdensburg, and kept up a brisk fire, which was returned in a spirited manner, and continued two hours. The next morning the enemy commenced a heavy cannonade on us from Prescott, which was continued with little intermission, through the day without any return from us; General Brown considered it useless to fire such a distance. The enemy was very busy during the day in preparing for an attack on Ogdensburgthe next morning about 10 o'clock, 25 boats, aided by two gun boats moved up the river three quarters of a mile, when they tacked and stood over for our shore. As soon as the boats changed their course, the batteries from PresGott opened their fire upon us, which was not answered till

the boats had advanced to about the middle of the river, when our batteries commenced a tremendous fire upon them, which destroyed three, and caused the remainder to seek shelter under the batteries of Prescott. Cols. Lethridge and Breckenridge, led the British. There was not one man either killed or wounded on our side, whilst the enemy lost twelve killed and twenty wounded.

Affair at St. Regis.-Major Young, of the Troy, N. Y. militia, stationed at French Milis, on the St. Regis river,. having received intelligence that a party of the enemy had arrived at, and taken possession of St. Regis village, marched a detachment, on the night of the 21st October, which crossed the river about 3 o'clock, and arrived within half a mile of the village by 5 in the morning, unobserved by the enemy. Here the Major made such a judicious disposition of his force, that the enemy were entirely surrounded, when a few discharges caused them to surrender, after having 5 killed, and several wounded. The result of this affair was forty prisoners, with their arms, equipments, &c. one stand of colors, and two batteaux, without having one man hurt, on our side.


Major Young had the honor of taking the first standard from the enemy in the present war.

Captain Elliot to the Secretary of the Navy.

BLACK ROCK, Oct. 9, 1812. SIR-I have the honor to inform you that on the morning of the Sto inst. two British vessels, which I was inform


were his Britannic majesty's brig Detroit, late the U. States brig Adams, and the brig Hunter, mounting 14 guas, but which afterwards proved to be the brig Caledonia, both said to be well armed and manned, came down the Lake and anchored under the protection of Fort Erie. Having been on the lines for some time and in a measure inactively employed, I determined to make an attack, and if possible to get possession of them. A strong inducement to this attempt arose from a conviction that with these two vessels added to those which I have purchased and am fitting out, I should be able to meet the remainder of the British force on the Upper Lakes, and save an incalculable expense and labor to the government. On the morning of their arrival I heard that our seamen were but a short dis

tance from this place, and immediately dispatched an Express to the officers, directing them to use all possible dispatch in getting their men to this place, as I had important service to perform. On their arrival, which was about 12 o'clock I discovered that they had only 20 pistols and neither cutlasses nor battle axes. But on application to Generals Smith and Hall of the regulars and militia, I was supplied with a few arms, and Gen. Smith was so good on my request as immediately to detatch fifty men from the regulars, armed with muskets.

By 4 o'clock in the afternoon, I had my men selected and stationed in two boats, which I had previously prepared for the purpose. With these boats, 50 men in each, and under circumstances very disadvantageous, my men having scarcely had time to refresh themselves after a fatiguing march of 500 miles, I put off from the mouth of Buffalo creek, at 1 o'clock the following morning, and at 3 I was along side the vessels. In the space of about ten minutes I had the prisoners all secured, the topsails sheeted home, and the vessels under way. Unfortunately the wind was not sufficiently strong to get me up against a rapid current into the Lake, where I had understood another armed vessel lay at anchor, and I was obliged to run down the river by the Forts, under a heavy fire of round, grape, and canister, from a number of pieces of heavy ordnance, and several pieces of flying artillery and compelled to anchor at a distance of about 400 yards from two of their batteries. After the discharge of the first gun, which was from the flying artillery, I hailed the shore, and observed to the officer, that if another gun was fired I would bring the prisoners on deck, and expose them to the same fate we would all share-but notwithstanding, they disregarded the caution and continued a constant and destructive fire. One single moment's reflection determined me not to commit an act that would subject me to the imputation of barbarity. The Caledonia had been beached, in as safe a position as the circumstances would admit of, under one of our batteries at the Black Rock. I now brought all the guns of the Detroit on one side next the enemy, stationed the men at them, and directed a fire which was continued as long as our ammunition lasted and circumstances permitted. During the contest I endeavored to get the Detroit on our side by sending a

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