The Campains of the British Army at Washington and New Orleans

By George Robert Gleig

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the next Narrative includes, it's believed, the single attached and genuine account, which has but been given, of the excursion directed opposed to Washington and New Orleans, in the direction of the shut of the overdue American conflict. it's been compiled, no longer from reminiscence by myself, yet from a magazine saved through the writer when engaged within the firm; and because the adventures of every day have been faithfully famous down, as they happened, and such feedback made upon passing occasions, as urged themselves to his brain in the intervening time, the general public might depend with self belief upon the overall correctness of the main points. the problems of the day trip weren't, certainly, of the main pleasurable nature, however it is was hoping simple relation of the lawsuits of these to whom it used to be intrusted, won't, on that account, turn out boring while not anything should be extra obtrusive, than that the component to our background which it embraces ought to not be ignored, since it is little conducive to the encouragement of nationwide self-importance. It was once mainly certainly upon this account, in addition to in an effort to redeem from an oblivion which they hardly ever advantage, the activities and sufferings of some courageous males, that the Narrative now submitted to the general public used to be written

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Benedict's, the place we arrived, with none experience, at a past due hour within the night. the following we back occupied the floor of which we had taken ownership on first touchdown, passing the evening in ideal quiet; and subsequent day, the boats of the fleet being able to obtain us, the regiments, one after the other, marched all the way down to the seashore. We came across the shore lined with sailors from the various ships of conflict, who welcomed our arrival with loud cheers; and having contrived to elevate a bigger flotilla than have been hired within the disembarkation, they got rid of us inside of a couple of hours, and with no the prevalence of any coincidence to our respective vessels. Such is a simple neutral account of the inroad upon Washington, an affair than which the complete struggle produced none extra great or extra bold. In no matter what gentle we might regard it, even if we glance to the quantity of problems which it behoved him to beat, the inadequacy of the strength which lie commanded, or the gap which he was once referred to as upon to march, in the middle of a adverse inhabitants, and during deep and trackless forests, we won't deny to common Ross the compliment that is his due, of getting deliberate and effectively finished an day trip, which none yet a sagacious brain can have devised, and none yet a gallant spirit carried into execution. among the very important transactions which then occupied the general public realization, the crusade at Washington was once, i feel, yet little spoken of; or even now, it really is beaten within the reminiscences of the all-engrossing Waterloo; however the time will most likely come, while he, who on the head of 4 thousand males, penetrated upwards of sixty miles into an enemy's nation; overthrew a military greater than double his personal in element of numbers; took ownership of the capital of an excellent kingdom, and having held it so long as it perfect his personal reasons to carry it, back back in triumph to his fleet, may be ranked, as he merits to be ranked, one of the variety of those that have so much effectively contributed to raise nice Britain to the peak of army glory on which she now stands. it's been stated that the total advantage of this really good excursion is due, no longer lots to the courageous guy who performed it, as to Sir George Cockburn, at whose recommendation it was once undertaken. To the nice gallantry and excessive skills of Sir George Cockburn not anyone who served in the compass of the Bay of Chesapeake will refuse to endure testimony; neither is it unbelievable that during attributing to him the unique layout of laying Washington itself less than contribution, universal file speaks really. yet with whomsoever the assumption first originated, to basic Ross belongs the undivided status of getting carried it into influence. From Sir George Cockburn, and certainly from the full fleet, the military got each information which it was once within the energy of the fleet to bestow; yet had no Ross been on the head of the land forces, the capital of the us may have suffered no insult. i've got ventured to make those feedback, now not with any layout of disposing of, in the least, from the well-earned attractiveness of the dwelling; yet in basic terms as an act of justice in the direction of the reminiscence of the gallant lifeless, whose prone have hardly ever bought the entire detect, both from the govt or the rustic, which they deserved.

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