August 1, 1809
- [The Scheldt expedition]
The appearance of this force and the incessant fire of the rockets induced the Dutch commandant, Van-Bogart, in the course of the night to send a flag of truce, offering to capitulate. The terms were agreed to and on the following morning, the 1st of August, the town and fort of Veer surrendered to the British.
The army now marched on towards Flushing ....
On the 1st of August, late in the evening, six French gun-brigs, that had been lying in company with the three line-of-battle ships Albanais, César, and Ville-de-Berlin), weighed and made sail towards Antwerp ; but the ships of the line remained at their anchors until a very few hours before the British were in possession of a fort, which would have completely obstructed their passage, and have rendered their capture or destruction almost certain. The escape of these ships lessened, in some degree, the importance of Bathz ; but still it opened to the British both branches of the Scheldt, and commanded the finest and most extensive anchorage in the river, the bay of Saeftingen, where ships could lie completely out of reach of shot from the shore.
Next bicent. note scheduled is Aug. 3.