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Kingston Gazette (Kingston, ON), Wed., May 25, 1814

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Adjutant General's Office,
May 12, 1814

His Excellency the Governor in Chief and commander of the Forces has the highest satisfaction in announcing to the troops, that he has received a despatch from Lieutenant General Drummond, reporting the result of the most spirited and successful attack on the enemy's fort and position of Oswego, which was carried by assault at noon on the 6th instant.

The Lieutenant General reports that, having caused six companies of the regiment De Watteville and one company of the Glengary Light Infantry, with a small detachment of Artillery to embark on board the Squadron, in addition to the 2d Battalion of Royal Marines - He accompanied Sir James Yeo in the Prince Regent, and on the evening of the 5th instant anchored off Oswego but a violent gale of wind driving the squadron off shore the position was not again received till noon on the following day, when the disposition for landing was instantly carried into execution, in the following order - the Frigates taking a position from whence they could cannonade the Fort, and the Brigs, schooners, and Gun Boats, in proportion to their respective draft of water covered by their fire the several points of debarkation of the Troops which was attended with considerable difficulty owing to the shoalness of water, the boats grounding the troops were in many instances obliged to leap out and wade through the water to their middle to gain the landing; and the enemy having strongly occupied the favourable positions near the shore and woods with which it is surrounded, the disembarkation was attended with some loss, but effected with the utmost promptitude under the direction of Lieut Colonel Fischer, led by two new formed flank companies of DeWatteville's Regiment, under Captain DeBersey; the remaining four companies, and detachment of Royal Artillery being held in reserve. The 2d Battalion of Marines under Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm, supported by a detachment of 200 seamen under Captain Mulcaster, Royal navy, formed a second column to the right of Captain McMillan's Company of Glengary Light Infantry gained the skirts of the wood to the left, and covered the advance of the columns to the fort; which was gained and carried in ten minutes from the advance of the troops, after landing. The enemy's garrison consisting of Macomb's 3d Regiment of Artillery, 400 strong, and a numerous body of militia, saving themselves by a precipitate flight.

Lieutenant Colonel Drummond speaks in the strongest terms of the cordial, judicious, and able cooperation of Commodore Sir James Yeo, and the officers and Seamen of his squadron, and laments the temporary loss the service has sustained in Captain Mulcaster of the Royal navy, who is severely wounded. The eminent services of that Officer, and of Captains O'Conner, Popham and Collier, are particularly noticed.

The Lieutenant General bestows the highest praise on the cool and judicious conduct of Lieutenant Colonel Fischer of DeWatteville's, and Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm of the Royal Marines on the intrepid gallantry displayed by Captain DeBersey, who led the flank Companies of the Watteville's and by Captain McMillan in the judicious execution of the duties assigned to his light company, in covering the advance - to Lieutenant Colonel Pearson, Inspecting Field Officer, and Major Smelt 103d Regiment, who being passengers in the fleet, volunteer their service; Captain Cruttendon, Royal Artillery; Brevet Major De Coulton of DeWatteville's; Lieutenant Stevens, Rocket company; Lieutenant Gosset, Royal Engineers; Lieutenant Lawrie, of the marines who led the first party that entered the fort; - and Lieutenant Hewitt of the same corps, who climbed the Flag Staff, and pulled down the American colours which were nailed to it., are respectively noticed by the Lieutenant General; who represents in the strongest terms, the zealous and able assistance he has experienced on this and every former occasion; from the Deputy Adjutant General, Lieutenant Colonel Harvey, and also from his Aid decamp Captain Jarvoise.

It is particularly gratifying to His Excellency to have to notice that to the high honor of both branches of the service, that there was not a single soldier or sailor missing, nor a single instance of Intoxication, although surrounded with temptation.

The service has lost a brave and meritorious officer in Captain Holtaway of the Royal Marines.

Every object of the expedition being accomplished - the Barracks burnt, and the Fort dismantled, and all public Stores which were not brought away destroyed, the troops re-embarked at 4 o'clock the following morning, and the Squadron sailed for Kingston.

The enemy's loss amounts to at least 100 killed, and Sixty prisoners, the greater part wounded.

Return of Killed and Wounded of the Army, in the action with the enemy at Oswego, 6th May, 1814.

KILLED Second Battalion Royal Marines, one captain, two sergeants, four rank and file.
DeWatteville's Regiment, one drummer, seven rank and file. - Total 15.

WOUNDED - Second Battalion Royal Marines, one sergeant, 32 rank and file. DeWatteville's Regiment, 1 captain, 1 subaltern, one sergeant, 17 rank and file. Glengary Light Infantry, nine rank and file - Total 62.
Officers killed. Capt. Wm. Holtaway, Second Battalion Royal Marines.
Officers wounded. - Capt. Pancras Ledergerw, DeWatteville's regiment, severely. Lieut. Victor May, do, dangerously.
Killed and wounded of the Royal Navy.
Killed - Three seamen. - Wounded - Two captains, one lieutenant, one master, seven seamen.
Officers wounded - Capt. Mulcaster, dangerously, Capt. Popham and Lieut. Griffin, severely; Mr. Richardson, master, army amputated

Ordnance taken and destroyed.

Taken - 3 32-pounders, iron guns; 4 24-pounders do; 1 12-pounder do; 1 6-pounder do - Destroyed - 1 12-pounder, heavy; 1 6-pounder do.

One schooner, and several boats laden with Ordnance, naval and other Stores, were brought away. Three schooners and other craft destroyed.


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Kingston Gazette (Kingston, ON), Wed., May 25, 1814