8.13.2014

Report of Adm. Cockburn to Adm. Cochrane

August 13, 1814
REAR ADMIRAL GEORGE COCKBURN, R.N., TO VICE ADMIRAL SIR ALEXANDER F. I. COCHRANE, R.N.
Albion in the Potowmac 13th August 1814
Sir,
I have the Honor to Inform you that having finished with the Virginia side of the Potowmac as detailed to you in my Letter of the 8th, I crossed over on the 11th with the Squadron and Anchored them close to St. George's Island at the Entrance of St. Mary's Creek (River), and the Marines under Colonel Malcolm being embarked in the Boats during the Night, Captain Sir Peter Parker Commanding one Division and Captain Palmer the other; …I proceeded followed by the Aetna and Tenders into St. Mary's Creek.
We landed in various parts of this extensive Inlet, and made some long Marches into the Country, particularly towards Sunset to a place they call the Factory of St. Mary's, where there is a building for Manufacturing Cotton, but (though Militia had certainly been formerly stationed at this Place for its de-fence) we did not meet with a Single Armed Person nor was one Musket fired during the whole day, the Inhabitants of this State appearing to have learnt that it is wiser for them to submit entirely to our Mercy than to attempt to oppose us in Arms.
They very readily complied with whatever Directions I gave for the line of Conduct they were to adopt, and the Supplies they were to furnish to our Forces, and therefore leaving the /Etna at Anchor in the Creek to facilitate these arrangements I returned at Night to the Ships with the whole of the Boats and Troops.…
I have the Honor to be
Sir your very faithful and Most Obedt. Humble Servant
G: Cockburn Rear Admiral

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