8.27.2014

British soldier Gleig recounts return of British from Marlborough to Nottingham

27 August 1814
British soldier Gleig recounts return of British from Marlborough to Nottingham, Maryland:
“… (we returned to) Nottingham, where we remained during an entire day, for the purpose of resting the troops. It cannot, however, be said that this resting-time was spent in idleness. A gun-brig, with a number of ships’ launches and long-boats, had made their way up the stream, and were at anchor opposite to the town. On board the former were carried such of the wounded as had been able to travel, whilst the latter were loaded with flour and tobacco, the only spoil which we found it practicable to bring off.
…the cavalry was sent back as far as Marlborough, to discover whether there were any American forces in pursuit; and it was well for the few stragglers who had been left behind that this recognizance was made. Although there appeared to be no disposition on the part of the American General to follow our steps…the inhabitants of that village, at the instigation of a medical practitioner called Bain, had risen in arms as soon as we departed; and falling upon such individuals as strayed from the column, put some of them to death, and made others prisoners.. A soldier whom they had taken, and who had escaped, gave information of these proceedings to the troopers, just as they were about to return to head-quarters; upon which they immediately wheeled about, and galloping into the village, pulled the doctor out of his bed…compelled him, by a threat of instant death to liberate his prisoners; and mounting him before one of the party, brought him in triumph to the camp.”

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