British fleet arriving in Chesapeake Bay

14 August 1814
British soldier’s description of British fleet as it arrived in Chesapeake Bay:
“The fleet was accordingly anchored within a few miles of the shore…and the ships stood in gallant style up the Chesapeake……This noble bay is far too wide , and the land on each side too flat, to permit any but an indistinct glimpse of the shore…….but the view of our own fleet was in truth so magnificent … we were joined by Admiral Cockburn with three line-of-battle ships, several frigates, and a few sloops of war and gun-brigs, by which means the squadron could now muster above twenty vessels…besides an equal if not a greater number of victuallers and transports……..On board these ships was …a battalion of seven hundred marines, a hundred negroes lately armed and disciplined, and a division of marine artillery…a corps of at least four thousand men…this magnificent fleet was sailing in an enemy’s bay and….filled with troops for the invasion of that enemy’s country. Thus we had gathered as we went on, and from having set out a mere handful of soldiers, were now become an army, formidable, as well from its numbers as its discipline.”

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