September 22, 1814
ATTACK ON BALTIMORE
Baltimore Sept. 15
We cannot as yet, describe the various particulars of this tremendous conflict – All we can say with truth (until we have authentic accounts from the proper authorities) is, that on Monday an advanced corps from our garrison, consisting of a part of the 3rd Brigade and two companies of Volunteers attached to the 5th regiment met the enemy shortly after the landing at North Pt. and gave them battle., or retreated as circumstances required, until the enemy’s columns reached within five miles of the city.
On Tuesday morning, the enemy’s fleet arranged in a most formidable half circle before Fort McHenry, to the amount of about 30 sail, which kept up a most furious attack with shot, shells, and rockets, for 21 hours without any intermission.
About one ‘clock yesterday morning, he advanced his bomb and rocket vessels beyond Fort McHenry into the Patapsco, and threw a number of shells and rockets towards the city itself – but he was here met by a most tremendous and well directed fire, not only from the main fortress, but also from the forts Covington and Patapsco, principally manned by our gallant seamen, which obliged the enemy to retire with precipitation; and yesterday morning about nine o’clock their fleet got under way and went down the river.
Our loss in the various engagements has not been so great in number as of several valuable citizens who died or bled in defence of their country. The enemy has suffered a loss, as near as can be ascertained, of about 400 men, among them is their leader, Gen. Ross, who made so distinguished a figure in the attack on Washington.