The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
The War: Gallant Affair on Lake Ontario
Ontario Repository (Canandaigua, NY), June 7, 1814

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Gallant Affair on Lake Ontario

The following interesting news was received by Maj. Gen Brown, at Batavia, on Saturday evening, and issued is a handbill from the office of the Republican Advocate: -

On Sunday Morning (May 19) several boats, having on board 40 cannon, and other naval stores, for the large ship at Sacket's harbor, left Oswego for the mouth of Sandy Creek, from whence their cargoes were to be transported to the Harbor by land, a distance of 12 miles; owing to the darkness of the night one of the boats passed the mouth of the creek 2 or 3 miles and was taken by the enemy early in the morning, who, as appears were hovering about that quarter for the express purpose of intercepting all water craft; by this capture they obtained intelligence respecting the other boats, and immediately made for the mouth of the creek, which they entered with three gun-boats and three barges, mounting five guns, one a sixty-eight pounder. Maj. Appling, of the 1st Rifle Regt. with 175 men, who had charge of the boats, together with a few volunteers, being aware of the approach of the enemy, had made preparation to give them a reception; and when they passed up the creek, which is narrow and deep, and its banks covered with high grass, in which, near its mouth, his men lay concealed, they received his fire in rear. So unexpected and so destructive was this fire that the enemy immediately struck their colors, and 2 Post Captains, 4 Lieutenants of the Navy, 2 Lieutenants of Marines (wounded,) 27 Marines, 106 Sailors, 18 Sailors and Marines (wounded,) surrendered themselves to the gallant Appling: - 1 Midshipman and 3 Sailors and Marines killed - making a loss to the enemy of 9 naval officers, 174 sailors and marines, 3 gun-boats, 3 barges, and 5 guns.

Our loss in this brilliant affair consisted of one killed and two wounded, and the boat taken in the morning, which had on board one gun and a cable for the ship.


The sch'r Lark, belonging to Capt. Eadus, of Sodus, was captured by some British gun-boats on the 10th ult. off Stoney Point, 15 miles above Sacket's Harbor, to which place she had been with a cargo of public property from Oswego. This is the second vessel belonging to Capt. Eadus, captured by the enemy; besides his dwelling house was destroyed in the attack last summer on Sodus. For his vessels, if not for his house, indemnity from government may be expected, as both were in the service of government at the time of capture.

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The War: Gallant Affair on Lake Ontario