Letter from Captain Joseph Nourse to Rear Am. Cockburn

August 4, 1814
His Majesty’s Ship Severn
Drum Point  August 4 1814
Since my last letter to you … I have completed the Ships Water and made several landings with the Marines my Boats have also been near Benedict— Commodore Barney from what I can learn has been moving about…but I do not hear of his having been seen lower than Benedict. The information concerning him most to be depended on is that Orders had been sent to lay up the Boats but since countermanded—
The Militia are at last in Motion and on the Calvert Side have come as low down as the Court House— hearing they had a guard over some Tobacco on the Bay side opposite St. Leonard’s Creek and a force differently stated from one to three hundred Militia in that neighbourhood I dispatched Captain Pearson in the Manly with as many marines as I could conveniently send to Capture or drive away the Militia and bring off the Tobacco—which Service he has performed much to my Satisfaction ……destroyed the Schooners….
The Vessels were burnt in this river in a Creek called Slaughters Creek— On Sunday last I was over on the Eastern Shore and … found the people quietly disposed and was informed the Militia were not embodied.
The Black Refugees increase so fast that I begin to be somewhat puzzled about them. I have sent as many as the Gun Boat bearing this letter can take my other Gun Boats are so useful here that I cannot well spare them particularly as our boats are not sufficient to land all our Force— one of the Prize Schooners I have with me is loaded with Plank, and other Materials for house Building … it might be wanted for Tangier Island…
I heard on St. Mary’s side yesterday that General Winder & 1,200 Militia were every day expected…
I can get no papers as I hear you have captured the Mail—
I have etc.
signed Joseph Nourse
I have 49 Hogs. Tobacco altogether here & expect a few more to Day

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