9.03.2014

Secretary Of The Navy Jones Orders Commodore Rodgers To Baltimore

September 3, 1814

Secretary of the Navy Jones, fearing imminent attack on Baltimore, orders Commodore Rodgers to Baltimore

SECRETARY OF THE NAVY JONES TO COMMODORE JOHN RODGERS
Navy Department
Septr 3, 1814 1/2 past 5 PM
Sir
Your note of this day 3 PM. is before me. The enemy having taken possession of Kent Island are in a situation to make a rapid movement on Baltimore and I therefore wrote you this morning directing the movement of the force under your command at Snowdens and with you, toward Baltimore without delay—that Captain Perry would follow you as soon as possible and Captain Porter as soon as the object in which he is engaged would admit.

I have ordered Lieut. Gamble to proceed to Baltimore and await your orders. You will however try what effect can be produced by the fire vessel you have sent for and in the course of tomorrow will return to Washington unless in your opinion some decisive effect can be produced by your longer delay.

Very respectfully your Obdt. Servant
W. Jones

No comments:

Post a Comment