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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 mentioned, 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 unwilling 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, although inscribed with the name of the Donor, and of the parish to which they belonged. They committed Rape in many instances aud murdered a sick man in his 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, Graves 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 others. Our men 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 shew 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 within 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.
Col. Wm. Russell, of Vincennes, with 573 men, chiefly volunteers, from Kentucky and Ohio, marched from Villonia on the 25th June, for the purpose of relieving the frontier inhabitants of the savages. In marching through their country four weeks, they succeeded in destroying sixteen of their villages, and a considerable quantity of corn, &c. and returned without the loss of a single man, bringing in several prisoners, and 10 horses which the Indians had pillaged a few days before from the inhabitants.
A Yankee trick.-On the 5th of July, 1813, Com. Lewis, commandant of the flotilla of gun boats at New-York, sent out the fishing smack Yankee, from Musquito cove, for the purpose of taking by stratagem, the sloop Eagle, a tender to the Poictiers of 74 guns, which had been very troublesome to the fishermen off Sandy Hook, where they were cruising. A calf, a sheep, and a goose were purchased and secured on deck; and between 30 and 40 men, well armed with muskets, were secreted in the cabin and fore peak of the smack. Thus prepared, with three men dressed in fisherman's clothes on deck, she put out to sea as if going on a fishing trip. The Eagle on perceiving the smack gave chase, and after coming up with her, seeing she had live stock on deck, ordered her to go down to the Commodore, about five miles distant. The helmsman cried' aye, aye, sir,' and apparently put up the helm for that purpose, which brought her alongside the Eagle, not more than three yards distant. The watch-word, Lawrence, was then given, when the armed men rushed from their hiding places and poured into her a volley of musketry, which struck her crew with dismay, and drove them all into the hold with such precipitancy, that they had not time to strike their colours. The Eagle had on board a 32 lb. brass howitzer, loaded with shot; but their surprise was so sudden that they had not time to fire it. The crew consisted of a mas ter, one midshipman, and 11 marines from the Poictiers.The prize arrived at Whitehall, amidst the shouts of thote. sands who were celebrating the 4th of July.
Lieut. M'Call to the Secretary of the Navy.
U. S. Brig Enterprize, Portland, 7th Sept. 1813. [Extract.] SIR-In consequence of the unfortunate death of Lieut. William Burrows, late commander of this vessel, it devolves on me to acquaint you with the result of the cruise. After sailing from Portsmouth on the 1st inst. we steered to the eastward; and on the morning of the 3d, off Wood Island, discovered a schooner, which we chased into this harbor, where we anchored. On the morning of the 4th, weighed anchor, and swept out, and continued our course to the eastward. Having received information of several privateers being off Mauhagan, we stood for that place; and on the following morning, in the bay near Penguin Point, discovered a brig getting under way, which appeared to be a vessel of war, and to which we immediately gave chase. She fired several guns, and stood for us, having four ensigns hoisted. After reconnoitering and discovering her force, and the nation to which she belonged, we hauled upon a wind to stand out of the bay, and at 3 o'clock shortened sail, tacked to run down with an intention to bring her to close action. At twenty minutes after 3 P. M. when within half pistol shot, the firing commenced from both, and after being warmly kept up, and with some manœuvreing, the enemy hailed and said they had surrendered, about 4 P. M. Their colours being nailed to the masts, could not be hauled down. She proved to be his B. M. brig Boxer, of 14 guns, Samuel Blythe, Esq. commander, who fell in the early part of the engagement, having received a cannon shot through the body. And I am sorry to add that Lieut. Burrows, who had gallantly led us into action, fell also about the same time by a musket ball, which terminated his existence in eight hours.
The Enterprize suffered much in spars and rigging, and the Boxer in spars, rigging, and hull, having many shots between wind and water.
As no muster roll that can be fully relied on has come into my possession, I cannot exactly state the number killed and wounded on board the Boxer, but from information received from the officers of that vessel, it appears there were between twenty and twenty-five killed, and fourteen
Enclosed is a list of the killed and wounded on board the Enterprize. I have the honor to be, &c. EDWARD R. M'CALL, Senior Officer.
Killed 4-Wounded 10-total 14.
Killed 25--Wounded 14-total 39.
Com. Perry to the Secretary of the Navy. U. S. brig Niagara, Lake Erie, Sept. 10, 1818. SIR-It has pleased the Almighty to give to the arms of the United States a signal victory over their enemies on this lake. The British squadron consisting of 2 ships, 2 brigs, 1 schooner, and 1 sloop, have this moment surrendered to the force under my command, after a sharp cons flict. I have the honor to be, &c.
O. H. PERRY.
Com. Perry to the Secretary of the Navy.
U. S. Sch. Ariel, Put-in-bay, Sept. 13, 1813. SIR-In my last I informed you that we had captured the enemy's fleet on this lake. I have now the honor to give you the most important particulars of the action, On the morning of the 10th inst. at sun-rise, they were discovered from Put-in-bay, where I lay at anchor with the squadron under my command. We got under weigh, the wind light at S. W. and stood for them. At 10 A. M. the wind hauled to S. E. and brought us to windward; formed the line and bore up. At 15 minutes before twelve, the enemy commenced firing; at 5 minutes before twelve the action commenced on our part. Finding their fire very destructive, owing to their long guns, and its being mostly directed at the Lawrence, I made sail, and directed the other vessels to follow for the purpose of closing with the enemy. Every brace and bowline being soon shot away, she became unmanageable, notwithstanding the great exertions of the sailing-master. In this situation she sus