8.21.2014

Lettr from Joshua Barney to Sec. of Navy Jones

August 21, 1814
CAPTAIN JOSHUA BARNEY, FLOTILLA SERVICE, TO SECRETARY OF THE NAVY JONES
Pig Point August 21st noon
Sir,
Yesterday about 11 AM I received information that the Enemy had left Benedict, and was marching up, with Intention of taking the Nottingham road; knowing that they could reach Nottingham in the Evening, I determined to move up the river, which I did to this place,—leaving a boat to bring me information; in the night my boat returned and said that the enemy had not moved from Benedict, such was the information at Nottingham; I have just received your dispatch of yesterday, and have concluded to land 400 men this afternoon and march to upper Marlborough, a distance of two miles from us.
I shall leave Mr. Frazier with about 120 men including, Sick & wounded, with orders to proceed
up towards Queen Ann, and to destroy the flotilla in case of necessity, and join me with his men— I have also wrote to Captain Miller informing him the road I shall take from upper Marlborough, which I suppose will be by the Wood yard for him to meet us in that direction.
I shall do everything in my Power to meet your Wishes and orders—
As we have but two or three days provisions it will be necessary to forward some from Washington also an Extra Wagon or two for our Baggage as I fear it will be impossible to obtain them on the road.
Yours respectfully
Joshua Barney
N B. A boat I sent to Nottingham has returned & informs me that several British Barges are within three or four miles of Nottingham
JB.

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