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7130Re: [WarOf1812] Re: War of 1812 Naval Battles

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  • Rob Taylor
    Sep 1 7:24 AM
      --- Fitzhugh MacCrae <alaidh@...> wrote:
      This means that, with Downie's squadron
      disposed of, even a battered American squadron can cut
      the route of supply by simply sitting offshore and
      shelling the road.

      This is why Prevost did choose to withdraw. But let's
      be honest, had he pushed on he would have taken
      Plattsburgh. He could not have gone much further
      because of the supply lines, but Plattsburgh would
      have been taken. And that's all that Wellington's
      veterans wanted. As far as the artillery having
      stopped the troops in their tracks, by sheer numbers
      alone they could have recovered and pushed on if this
      did indeed happen (I have not read that account yet)

      Rob Taylor

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