1.01.2015

St. Francisville, Jan. 1

St. Francisville, Jan. 1.

“Our country in invaded and we are all on the alert, the British have made a landing six miles below New-Orleans, and were met by Gen. Jackson, as they were marching up the levee; a severe action, which lasted two hours ensued, during which the enemy made three charges with the bayonet, and endeavoured to take the American artillery, but were as often driven back; three times they fought over the cannon and were as often repulsed, and eventually driven from the battle ground.
“The two armies fell back, as if by mutual consent, and each threw up entrenchments-in that way they remained from the 23rd until the 27th, when our last letters, (just received) state they were going into action, and some of the advanced guard were already engaged. My brother says he had just got into Orleans, after having been fifteen days acting as corps of observation, and at the close of his letter ordered to mount and go into action-the battle was already began-we shall know the result to-morrow.
“The battle below was fought in the night, and many of the Orleans merchants were killed and made prisoners, among the number was Mr. Wm. Flowers. The American loss was 80 men in the first action, the British 200. Gen. Keene commands, said to be Luther Martin, esq’s son-in-law, Richard Reynold Keene*-he once resided in Orleans. It is Cochrane’s squadron, said to be 10,000 strong. Jackson must have at least 10,000 effective men-and  about this night or to-morrow, gen. Adair will reach him with about 2, 500 men from Kentucky.’j
*We presume this is not the case, as Keene has resided in some part of Spain for several years past-General Kean we learn sailed from England in the expedition against this country.

 

Published in the Maryland Gazette-February 2, 1815.

 

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