9.06.2014

British fleet reinforces and gets underway


6 September 1814
British soldier Gleig reports:

“…daybreak on the 6th of September, when the whole fleet got under way, and stood towards the Chesapeake. The wind was fair and we speedily cleared the river; but instead of standing up the bay, as we had expected, we ran down a few miles below the mouth of the Patuxent, and there anchored. A signal was then made by telegraph for all ships to send in a return of the number of seamen, whom in addition to marines, they could land with small-arms. Every ship’s crew was accordingly mustered, and it was found that, besides the numbers necessary for conveying stores and dragging guns, one thousand sailors could be spared from the fleet. Thus, in spite of our loss (of men) at Bladensburg, we were enabled on our next debarkation to bring into the field about five thousand fighting men.

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