Re: RMA Congreves
> Can anyone answer me this question? The Royal Horse Artillery, theyGlad you liked the link.
> didn't man the Congreave rockets here in North America right?
> If so then why are there people doing that impression here?
In "Amateurs to Arms" John Elting states that for the attack on
Washington D.C. Major General Robert Ross had under his command a
Royal Artillery "rocket brigade", and a Royal Marine
Artillery "rocket corps", strength was 150 officers and men in each,
and a total of 60 rocket launchers. I *think* the RA "rocket
brigade" was supposed to be the mounted unit, but Elting also states
that there were almost no horses available for Ross' command. Would
they have served dismounted, or is there another unit I'm
- In a message dated 9/3/02 5:53:22 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> WouldIn Ross's dispatch to Earl Bathurst after the battle, he expresses his thanks
> they have served dismounted, or is there another unit I'm
> forgetting? Anyone?
to a Captain Mitchell of the Royal Artillery for bringing the guns into
action along with Captain Deacon's rocket brigade as well as the Marine
Rocket Corps. He also thanks a Captain Lempriere, also Royal Artillery, for
mounting a small detachment of Royal Arillery drivers. In the casualty
report, there is no mention of Royal Horse Artillery; just Royal Artillery, 6
rank and file wounded, and Royal Marine Artillery, 1 rank and file killed, 1
Rest assured there were horses at Bladensburg. In "Subaltern in America",
the author (Glieg?) mentions that horses for the General and staff were
landed but none for the artillery (though there were drivers). Ross's
casualty report also lists 10 horses killed: 4 from General Staff; 4 from
Royal Artillery; 1 from the 4th and 1 from the 85th! There were an
additional 8 horses wounded from the Royal Artillery.
If Ross was meticulous enough to list horses and a sergeant wounded from the
6th West India Regiment, he would have certainly mentioned the RHA had they
He even mentions Lt-Col Mullens of the 44th!
Ed Seufert, LCpl
1812 Royal Marines
1st Co/2nd Batt RM
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- You mean they talked about those things back then?
> He also thanks a Captain Lempriere, also Royal Artillery, for mounting a small detachment of Royal Arillery drivers.