8.16.2014

British Lt. Gleig's observations on British ships arriving in the Chesapeake Bay

16 August 1814
British Lt. Gleig's observations on the sight of the reinforcing British ships arriving in the Chesapeake Bay from France and Bermuda:
Lt. Gleig noted that Admiral Cockburn’s forces included “a battalion of seven hundred marines, a hundred negroes lately armed and disciplined, and a division of marine artillery…..The sight (of all the ships joining in a rendezvous in the Chesapeake Bay) was …as grand and imposing as any I ever beheld; because one could not help remembering that this powerful fleet was sailing in an enemy’s bay, and was filled with troops for the invasion of that enemy’s country. Thus, like a snow-ball, we had gathered as we went on, and from a mere handful of soldiers, were now become an army formidable from its numbers as well as discipline.

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