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Affair at Sandy Creek
Geneva Gazette (Geneva, NY), June 8, 1814

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Affair at Sandy Creek
Albany, June 3.

Extract of a letter from an officer, dated "Sacket's Harbor, May 30. "

"I have the pleasure to inform you, that Maj. Apling, of the rifle regiment, has this morning succeeded in capturing a part of the enemy at the mouth of Sandy Creek. Major Apling had arrived the evening preceding at that place, with a large convoy of ordinance and naval stores, from Oswego, and was this morning attacked by this force from the blockading squadron.

"We have not received a detailed official account, but the officer who brought the intelligence states, that two Post-Captains and four Lieutenants of the royal navy, 4 marine officers and about 300 men, of all sorts, are the prisoners taken. Our loss was, it is said, only one Indian killed, and a few men wounded. A large reinforcement joined our men since the action, so that we are perfectly easy as to the safety of the prisoners. Col. Mitchell and the whole of the marines also left here about the time the action commenced, and are probably by this time on the ground ( 4 o'clock) 13 miles. - This little affair will be of great importance to us in several points of view. A son of Sr.Home Popham commanded. Only one officer is said to have been killed. "

Further Particulars.

A gentleman arrived last evening from Utica, who saw Mr. Gilbert direct from the Harbor. Mr. G. left the Harbor on Tuesday. He stated, the enemy's boats went into Sandy Creek, in pursuit of ours containing the cannon and naval stores, when the riflemen and Indians lined the banks below them, and compelled the whole to surrender, including two gun-boats, one carrying a long 32, and the other a 64 pound carronade. The enemy had between 40 and 50 killed, and 112 taken prisoners. Mr. G. saw the prisoners at the Harbor. The enemy took nothing from us.

There is a very good road from Sandy Creek to the Harbor, distance 16 miles; and it was said the cannon and stores were on the way by land on Tuesday. Albany Argus.

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Affair at Sandy Creek