British Account of the foregoing.
Montreal, June 7.
It is with extreme regret we state, that the unfortunate result of a gallant enterprize by the boats of our squadron on Lake Ontario, under the command of Capts. Popham and Spilsbury, of the Royal Navy, against a flotilla of the enemy's craft, laden with naval stores which had got into Sandy Creek on its way from Oswego to Sacket's Harbor.
On the morning of the 29th ult. a large boat with two 24 pounders and a 19 1-2 inch cable for the enemy's new ship was captured by our squadron, having sailed from Oswego the evening before with fifteen others. Capts. Popham and Spilsbury with two gun-boats and some smaller craft, having on board about two hundred seamen and marines, entered the creek on the morning of the 31st, where the enemy's flotilla were shortly afterwards discovered. Parties were landed on each side of the creek and proceeded, together with the boats, without opposition to within a quarter of a mile of the enemy, when suddenly, a considerable force, consisting of 150 riflemen, nearly 200 Indians and a numerous body of militia and cavalry attacked and soon overpowered our small party, whose gallant resistance to such numbers proving unavailing, a surrender became indispensable to save our brave men from certain death. Our loss on the occasion was 19 killed and 59 wounded. Mr. Hoan, master's mate of the Montreal is among the killed, and Lts. Cox and Kagh of the marines are severely wounded. The boats also fell into the hands of the enemy.