In a message dated 3/3/00 7:12:08 AM Eastern Standard Time,
<< So did the event in sact happen?
In sact it did!
From the reference, the Dauntless in 1815, would have been a part of the
North American Squadron centred out of Halifax. The action occurred off the
eastern shore of the Chesapeake near Cambridge on Feb 7, 1815 when the ship's
longboat which was returning from a raid, ran aground. Stuck, it was quickly
frozen in place and remained there through the night. The next morning,
American militia used a mound of ice to get within a short distance and
opened fire. This caused the surrender of the boat and crew.
Such raids of farms and communities were a common feature of the War on the
Chesapeake. Local historians estimate that there are between 120-150 sites
along the shores of the bay where British intervention took place. The Royal
Navy kept a presence and blockade of the Chesapeake from Feb 1813 until Feb