8.12.2014

Letter from William Lambert to Sec. of Navy Jones

August 12, 1814
WILLIAM LAMBERT TO SECRETARY OF THE NAVY JONES Lancaster County, Virginia
August 12th 1814
Sir,
… It had been ascertained, … On Saturday, the 6th Instant, at 4 o'clock P.M. two large ships, a brig and a schooner passed up the bay; and on Wednesday morning, the 10th a ship and tender were seen from Windmill Point on their passage down.
Information has been received from Northumberland courthouse, that part of the enemy's force
in the Potomac moved down that river on or about the 3d of this month, and proceeded up Yocomoco to Kinsale, which they totally destroyed, together with several other houses for seven or eight miles on both sides of the road leading from thence to Richmond courthouse; they were then checked in their progress by a detachment of …but that small party were forced in a short time to retreat with the loss of their piece of artillery, having two officers wounded, one of them since dead.
It is represented, that the fortunate arrival of a considerable number of our militia from some of the upper counties prevented a farther incursion into Richmond… the enemy burned the houses of Capt. Henderson … and marched back to their ships.
We have not heard of British operations… 'till Sunday… when ten of their large ships and some small vessels dropped down to the mouth of Cone…for the purpose of taking three schooners anchored in their view: they were met by a company of Lancaster militia, who drove them back, and cut away their colors; but the appearance of ten other barges filled with men obliged our militia, who had not been reinforced, to retreat, which they did in good order, and without any personal injury: the British troops then took possession of the three schooners—landed on both sides of Cone, and burned all the houses they could find...
It is reported, that there are nearly one thousand militia at the place last named, and about 150 at Wicomico church in Northumberland; and that the enemy's force at the mouth of Cone, including tenders and vessels captured, amounts to thirty sail.
The people of this part of Lancaster are in daily expectation of invasion, and it is their opinion that the war will be carried on against them with inveterate malignity. It is said, that the language of these marauding Britons to persons who are or have been in their power, accords with their actions; and that among other terms of scurrilous indignity, the opprobrious, insulting epithet of "rebels" has been applied to several native citizens of this state by some of the humane, well-bred disciples of Admiral Cockburn.
I am, Sir, with great respect,
Your most obedient Servant,
William Lambert.

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