Lapas attēli

down the hill, through brush and other wood; but there was fo heavy a fire kept on them from the top by our people, that they endeavoured to escape along a bottom, where the detachment of the light dragoons, under Captain Black, and the St. George's troop of light cavalry, under M. Burney, (that had previously been formed under the hill to profit of any occafion that offered) feeing the enemy flying, rushed on them through a fire of grape from the French fchooner, and cut down every man they faw, fo that very few, if any, escaped that had been in Port Royal. That poft was chiefly garrifoned, as I hear, from the few prifoners we have taken, by the Sans Culotte companies from Guadaloupe. We have to regret the lofs of fome gallant men, and of two officers, Major Edwards and Lieutenant Williams of the 3d, who fell leading their men on moft fpiritedly. Colonel Dawson, at the head of the 3d, was wounded through the neck before they got to the bottom of Port Royal Hill.-Major Baillie, of the 63d regiment, was then next in command to Brigadier-general Campbell, whofe conduct the General reports to be fteady, collected, and officer-like. The command of the 3d devolved on Captain Blunt, whofe light company, as leading the first attack, fuffered feverely. Both he, as oldeft captain, and Lieutenant Gardner, I beg leave to recommend to your Excellency's notice and favour. We have taken but fix prifoners; among them are the fecond and third in command to Mr. Joffey, who commands the people that came from Guadaloupe. Inclofed is a return of our killed and wounded. Our fuccefs at Port Royal has been followed by the evacua、 tion of Pilot Hill, by the enemy.

Return of his Majefty's Troops killed and wounded at the Attack of Port Royal, Grenada, March 25, 1796.

17th light dragoons-1 horfe killed; 4 rank and file, and 2 hories; wounded.

3d foot, or Buffs-1 major, 1 lieutenant, 11 rank and file, killed; 2 lieutenants, 2 ferjeants, 40 rank and file, wounded.

8th foot, or King's-1 lieutenant-colonel, wounded.

29th foot-3 rank and file, killed; 1 lieutenant, I enfign, i ferjeant, 13 rank and file, wounded.

63d foot-2 rank and file killed; 1 ferjeant, 1 drummer, 12 rank and file, 1 furgeon, wounded.

88th foot-2 rank and file killed; i ferjeant, 5 rank and file, wounded. Total major, 1 lieutenant, 18 rank and file, and I horfe, killed; I lieutenant-colonel, 3 lieutenants, 1 enfign, 5 ferjeants, 1 drummer, 83 rank and file, 1 furgeon, and 2 horfes, wounded.

Names of Officers killed and wounded.

3d regiment, or Buffs-Major Edwards and Lieut. Williams, killed; Lieut. Campbell and Lieut. Harding, wounded. 8th, or King's-Lieutenant-colonel Dawfon, wounded. 29th-Lieut. Tandy and Enfign Arbuthnot, wounded. 63d-furgeon (attached) Morrison, wounded.

(Signed) J. H. DREW, Major of Brigade.


Return of Colonial Troops killed and wounded in the land of Gre nada, from the 23d to the 25th of March, 1796.

[ocr errors]

St. George's light cavalry-1 horse killed; 1 rank and file and i horfe, wounded.

Loyal Black Rangers-2 captains, 5 rank and file, killed; i lieutenant, 23 rank and file, wounded.

Captain Brander's black company-1 rank and file killed; 1 captain


Captain Davis's ditto-6 rank and file woundeď.

Total-2 captains, 6 rank and file, and 1 horse, killed; 1 captain, 1 lieutenant, 30 rank and file, and 2 horfes, wounded.

Names of Officers killed and wounded.

Loyal Black Rangers-Captain Noel and Captain John Forbes, killed; Lieutenant Porter, wounded.

Captain Brander's black company-Captain Brander wounded.


J. H. DREW, Major of Brigade.

From the LONDON GAZETTE, May 21, 1796.

[ocr errors][merged small]

A Letter, of which the following is an Extract, has been received by his Grace the Duke of Portland, one of his Majesty's principal Secretaries of State, from Major-General Earl of Balcarras, dated Jamaica, March 26, 1796.

I HAVE the fatisfaction to inform your Grace of the termination of the Maroon war.

Thirty-fix Trelawny Maroons, and all the runaway negroes who had joined them in rebellion, furrendered their arms on the 17th and 21ft


The Maroons to windward, who had fhewn a moft refractory and difobedient fpirit fince the commencement of the rebellion, have made their fubmiffion, and on their knees, in the prefence of con miffioners, have fworn allegiance to his Majesty. I fhall, by the packet, inclofe the commiffion and the return upon it.

The most perfect internal tranquillity is restored to the island: the flaves on every plantation are obedient, contented, and happy.

Our operations against the rebels have been carried on with unremit ting vigour. In following the enemy into their new receffes, the troops have undergone fatigue hardly to be credited: the last column which moved against them were five days without one drop of water, except what they found in the wild pines.

The rebels, worn out with fatigue, continually haraffed and difturbed in every fettlement, have been conquered in a country where no European had ever thought of penetrating.

The very fortunate clole of this war is to be afcribed to the activity and good conduct of Major-general Walpole, and I must humbly re commend him to his Majesty's favour.





From the LONDON GAZETTE, O&. 31, 1795

Horfe Guards, O&. 31.

A Difpatch, of which the following is an Extract, has been received by the Right Honourable Henry Dundas, one of his Majefty's principal Secretaries of State, from Vice-Admiral the Honourable Sir G. K. Elphinstone, K. B. dated on Board his Majefty's Ship Monarch, Simon's Bay, Cape of Good Hope, August 18, 1795.

I HAD the honour of informing you, in a former dispatch, that the Dutch were entrenched in a strong pofition at Myfenbergh, and well furnished with cannon, having a steep mountain on their right and the fea on the left, difficult of approach on account of fhallow water, with high furf on the fhore, but which the abfolute neceffity of the post rendered it requifite that we should poffefs, and made it obvious to Major-general Craig and myself that it ought to be attempted.

For this fervice I fecretly prepared a gun-boat, and armed the launches of the fleet with heavy cannonades, landed two battalions of seamen, about 1000, under the command of Captains Hardy of the Echo, and Spranger of the Rattlefnake, and fent fhips frequently around the bay, to prevent fufpicion of an attack, when any favourable opportunity might offer.

On the 7th inftant a light breeze fprung up from the north-weft, and at twelve o'clock the pre-concerted figual was made; when Majorgeneral Craig, with his accustomed readiness and activity, instantly put the forces on fhore in motion, and, at the fame moment, Commodore Blankett, equally zealous in the America, with the Stately, Echo, and Rattlefnake, got under weigh, whilft the gun-boats and arined launches preceded the march of the troops about 500 yards, to prevent their being interrupted.

About one o'clock the fhips, being abreast of an advanced post of two guns, fired a few fhot, which induced thofe in charge to depart; and, on approaching a fecond post of one gun and a royal mortar or howitzer, the effect was the fame. On proceeding off the camp the confufion was inftantly manifeft, although the distance from the fhips was greater than could have been wifhed, but the fhallowness prevented a nearer approach.

The Echo led, commanded by Captain Tod of the Monarch, and anchored in two and a half fathoms, followed by the America, which anchored in four and a half, when the Stately and Rattlefnake, anchor

ing nearer, in proportion to their leffer draughts of water, off the enemy's works, which began to fire, and the fire was returned by the floops; but an increase of wind prevented the large ships from acting until they had carried out heavy anchors. This duty was performed by the commanders with great coolnefs, much to their own honour and their country's credit.

In a few minutes after the fire opened, which obliged the Dutch to abandon their camp with the utmost precipitation, taking with them only two field-pieces, and at four o'clock the Major-general took poffeffion of it, after a fatiguing march over heavy fandy ground. To him I beg leave to refer for the particulars of what was taken therein, as the fea ran fo high that no perfon from the ships or gun-boats could venture to land.

In tranfmitting to you the proceedings of the fleet under my command, I fhall at all times feel great fatisfaction in doing justice to the merits of the feveral officers. To their judgment and good conduct in the present inftance is to be attributed the immediate fuccefs which attended the attempt; it is therefore my duty to recommend to his Majefty's notice Commodore Blankett, Captain Douglas, Lieutenant Tod of the Monarch, commanding the Echo, and Lieutenant Ramage, alfo of the Monarch, commanding the Rattlefnake, and Mr. Charles Adam, of the Monarch, midshipman, who commanded the gun-boat. I am fenfibly obliged to them, each individually, for their steady and correct discharge of my orders.

I must further beg leave to add, that it is univerfally agreed the Echo's fire was fuperiorly directed and ably kept up; and particular acknowledgments are also due to the officers and men, for the general zeal and activity which appeared in every countenance, of which I was enabled to judge with more precifion, as the Commodore obligingly permitted me to accompany him, and to vifit the other fhips employed under his direction upon this fervice.

The America had two men killed and four wounded, and one gun difabled, being ftruck by a fhot; the Stately one man wounded. Some fhot paffed through the fhips, but did not materially injure them.

I am fearful the Major-general will not be able to write by this conveyance, a Genoefe fhip, which intends touching at St. Helena, as he is now at Myfenbergh.

I have inclofed a lift of the Dutch fhips detained in this Bay,

Lift of Dutch Ships detained in Simon's Bay, Aug. 18, 1795.

The fhip Williamftadt en Boetzlaar, Captain St. Kooter, 978 tons, arrived May 10, 1795, from the Texel. Landed her cargo here. De Yonge Bonifacius, Captain Jan Nicholas Croefe, 488 tons, arrived June 24, from Batavia, laden.

Gertruyda, Captain M. D. Vries, 660 tons, arrived May 9, from Amfterdam. Landed her cargo here.

Het Vourtrouven, Captain Hilbrand, van Wyen, 890 tons, arrived Auguft 14, from Batavia, laden.

Louifa and Anthony, Captain Kersjin Hilbrand, 640 tons, arrived Auguft 14, from Batavia, laden.

[blocks in formation]


Horfe Guards, Nov. 23, 1795,

Difpatches, of which the following are Copies and an Extract, have been this Day received by the Right Honourable Henry Dundas, one of his Majesty's principal Secretaries of State, from ViceAdmiral Sir George Keith Elphinstone, K. B. and Major-generals Alured Clarke and J. H. Craig.


Cafile of the Cape of Good Hope,
Sept. 21, 1795-

THE Dutch governor having not only rejected, in the most peremp tory terms, the proposals which had been made to him, that the fettlement fhould place itself under the protection of Great Britain, but having alfo acted in a manner demonstrative of such hoftile difpofitions towards us, as to justify the fufpicion which was conveyed to us of its being his intention to fet fire to Simon's Town, from which all the inhabitants had been obliged to retire by his order, the Admiral and myfelf concurred in thinking it expedient to prevent the execution of his purpose, by landing ourfelves, and taking poffeffion of the place, which I accordingly did on the 14th of July, with the part of the 78th regiment under my command, and the marines of the fquadron, the latter amounting to about 350 men, and the former to 450. Very few days elapfed before our patroles were fired upon by the Burgher Militia and Hottentots, who occupied the hills round us, while our people were retrained by the directions which they had received, not to commit any act of hoftility towards the Dutch troops. Hoftilities being, however, thus commenced, and as the time approached when we might reasonably expect the arrival of the troops and ftores which had been requested of the Governor of St. Helena, it appeared to me to be an object of confequence to difpoffefs the Dutch forces of the poft which they occupied at the important pafs of Muyzenberg, as by it we might perhaps open a more ready communication with the country, at the fame time that we fhould by doing fo convince the inhabitants of the reality of our intentions, of which we knew they entertained doubts. I accordingly propofed it to Sir George. Elphinstone, who immediately agreed to it with that readiness which has fo ftrongly attended all the inftances of affiftance which I have received from him. Sir George having landed a detachment of feamen, which was formed into two battalions, we were only delayed by the want of a proper wind, which would not permit the movement to take place till the morning of the 7th of Auguft, when Sir George having made the fignal that it would ferve, the America and Stately, with the Echo and Rattlefnake, got under weigh about twelve o'clock, and I marched at the fame time with the 78th and marines, together with the feamen, being in all about 1600 men.

The poft of Muyzenberg being extremely ftrong to the front, and covered by a numerous field of artillery, against which I had not one gun to oppofe, our principal reliance was upon the fire from the ships, which, being properly disposed of at the different ftations affigned them by Commodore Blankett, produced every effect which could be expected



« iepriekšējāTurpināt »