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  • Ed Seufert
    Feb 1, 2005
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      William Marine describes a conversation in his book, "The British Invasion of Maryland" between Ross and Cockburn.

      'General Ross, turning to the Admiral, remarked, "I told you it was the flotilla men!" Admiral Cockburn replied: "Yes, you were right, though I could not believe you--they have given us the only fighting we have had."

      Flattering as it sounds, it is not footnoted.

      Ed Seufert, Cpl
      1812 Royal Marines
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      From: suthren@...
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      Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2005 10:30 AM
      Subject: Re: [WarOf1812] Re: Commodore Barney question


      I seem to recall a British account of the engagement, in which they couldn't
      praise enough the conduct of Barney and his lads.
      Vic Suthren
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "M Peterson" <ructic@...>
      To: <WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2005 8:43 AM
      Subject: [WarOf1812] Re: Commodore Barney question


      >
      >
      > Dave and all,
      >
      > The official report to congress on the capture and burning of
      > Washington (accessable through the Library of congress website)
      > states that the Commandant of the Washington Navy Yard caused two 18-
      > lb long iron guns to be placed on FIELD CARRIAGES for Barney's use
      > should it become necessary (this was in May BTW). Capt Miller's Co.
      > of Marines was trained in Artillery and three 12-lb bronze field
      > guns were made available for them. They took these guns to St.
      > Leonard's Creek and again to Bladensburg.
      >
      > All of Barney's guns from the barges were sunk with the barges and
      > recovered (salvaged) in the fall of 1814.
      >
      > Barney states in his report on Bladensburg to Secretary of the Navy
      > Jones that he was forced to begin his withdrawl partly because his
      > ammunition train had fled with the militia leaving him with only
      > what ammo he had in the ready chests.
      >
      > All in all Barney's contingient was fairly well armed with upwards
      > of 300 muskets and pikes as well as the field pieces.
      >
      > Myron Peterson
      > Ship's Company
      >
      > --- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "Dave Hoyt" <spqrdave@y...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Long-time lurker questions.
      > >
      > > I'm hoping the membership might be able to help out with a
      > question
      > > or two. I've become particularly interested in Commodore Barney's
      > > unit of naval artilleryists who served at the Battle of
      > Bladensburg
      > > in 1814. Uniforms are no problem...it's the type of gun served
      > that
      > > vexes me. Before the battle, Barney's squadron of gunboats, which
      > > had been harassing the Royal Navy in the Chesapeake area, was
      > burned
      > > to avoid capture in the Patuxent (sp?) River. The sailors later
      > > showed up at Bladensburg manning a number of heavy guns (perhpas
      > 18
      > > lbers?). My question is...what type of guns were these? Regular
      > land-
      > > service artillery carriages and barrels, or naval guns on ship-
      > > service mounts? Perhaps not as obvious as one might think. For
      > > example, at New Orleans, the British hauled naval guns overland
      > (or
      > > over swamp, more accurately) to be served, I believe, by Royal
      > > Artillerists (and not sailors) against Jackson's positions outside
      > > the city. If Barney was using regular artillery guns, where did he
      > > get them? If naval carriages and guns, how did he transport them?
      > >
      > >
      > > cheers,
      > >
      > > Dave
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
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      square miles: in North America, hundreds determined the fate of THOUSANDS of
      square miles...
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