8.25.2014

Punshment of British sailors in Benedict for outrages commited by them

August 25, 1814
These extracts tell of punishment against British sailors in Benedict and near Drum Point for “outrages” committed by them.
REAR ADMIRAL EDWARD CODRINGTON, R.N., TO RESPECTIVE CAPTAINS
General Memo. Iphigenia Patuxent 25th August 1814
Great outrages having been committed upon the Houses and property of Inhabitants in this Neighbourhood who have remained peaceably in their Houses by persons belonging to the Fleet, unaccompanied by any Officer to restrain and regulate their conduct.
It is the direction of the Commander in Chief that no Stewards or Servants be permitted to go onshore under the pretence of procuring Stock without being accompanied by a Midshipman or some other Officer.
 And as a warning to others the following order for the punishment of persons guilty of Robbery in a House near Benedict is to be read to the Crews of the respective Ships and Vessels in the River Patuxent.
(Signed) E. Codrington Captain of the Fleet

VICE ADMIRAL SIR ALEXANDER F. I. COCHRANE, R.N., TO RESPECTIVE CAPTAINS
Memo. Iphigenia Patuxent 25th August 1814
The Persons named in the Margin having been found guilty of Robbery on shore, and as the Service will not admit of my immediately assembling a Court Martial for their Trial, in order that the Inhabitants may be assured that their property will be protected from indiscriminate plunder.
You are to cause the Persons to be taken onshore to the Village of Benedict and there, in the presence of the Inhabitant whose House they robbed cause the Captains-Steward to receive in the usual manner four Dozen Lashes, and the Gun Room Steward three dozen Lashes making the Boys who accompanied them and who acted under their directions witness this Punishment that they may be deterred from aiding such practices in future.—
The Surgeon of the Trove is to attend to see that no more of this Punishment be inflicted at one period than the Parties can well bear.
(Signed) A. Cochrane Vice Admiral and Commander in Chief

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