8.08.2014

Admiral Cockburn report to Vie Adm.Cochrane

August 8, 1814
REAR ADMIRAL GEORGE COCKBURN, R.N., TO VICE ADMIRAL SIR ALEXANDER F. I. COCHRANE, R.N.
Albion in the Potowmac the 8th August 1814
Sir,
Coan River situated a few Miles below Yocomoco being the only Inlet on the Virginia Side of the Potowmac which I had not visited, and the Enemy having lately been very busy in constructing a Battery at its Entrance, I moved the Ships down abreast of it on the Evening of the 6th, directing the Loire /Etna and Thistle to get as close in as the Water would admit of, and at daylight yesterday morning I advanced with the Boats of the Squadron, having the Battalion of Marines under Major Lewis in them, to attack the Enemy's Work;
As we approached he opened a tolerably quick Fire upon us, but on our getting pretty near him (recollecting I suppose the Fate of his Field Piece at Yocomoco) he went off precipitately with his Guns, and by the Time we gained the Shore there was neither Gun nor Man to be seen.
I immediately destroyed the Battery, and then directing Major Lewis to March up the Right Bank of the River, I caused the Boats to pull up to the Head of it, and in the upper part we found Three Schooners which were of course Captured, and some Tobacco which was shipped and brought off.
Though the early disappearance of the Enemy on this occasion caused us to have less to do this day than at Yocomoco yet the gallant rapidity with which the Marines landed, formed, and proceeded in search of the Enemy's Troops was highly creditable to both Officers and Men…
 I have the Honor to be Sir Your very faithful and Most Obedt. humble Servant
G: Cockburn Rear Admiral

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