9.08.2014

British fleet leaves Patuxent and Potomac Rivers


MARYLAND GAZETTE of September 8

Report from the Federal Republican:

MOVEMENTS IN THE POTOMAC

The British squadron have escaped from the Potomac. The preparations made at the eleventh hour to arrest their moving off with the plunder of Alexandria, have proved inadequate.

On Sunday evening, com. Rodgers who commanded some boats in the rear of the enemy moved down the river with four barges to watch the motions of the enemy and to attempt annoyance. Arriving within cannon shot of the ships of war, 7 barges were dispatched to meet him. Between 9 and 10 o’clock a sharp conflict ensued between the parties which ended in the repulse of the enemy with very little injury to our men, only two or three being wounded.
On Monday, the British vessels took advantage of a brisk wind from the N.E. to descend the river. The battery at the White House was deliberately attacked by the Commodore’s ship, and after a cannonade of 15 minutes, was completely silenced, most of our guns being dismounted. During the action 12 of our men were killed and about 20 wounded, mostly militia, who had no share in working the guns of the battery.

Considerable injury is said to have been done to the enemy, as his pumps were going when he passed down the river. We have no distinct account of the opposition made in their passing the battery on the Maryland shore where Com. Perry was stationed, assisted by Major Peter’s artillery of this place, we understand however, that  our loss was trifling…. we may now expect the waters of the Patuxent and Potomac to be entirely freed from the enemy.
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