7130Re: [WarOf1812] Re: War of 1812 Naval Battles
- Sep 1, 2000--- 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)
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