The British Raid on Essex: The Forgotten Battle of the War by Jerry Roberts

By Jerry Roberts

This is the dynamic account of 1 of the main harmful maritime activities to ensue in Connecticut background: the 1814 British assault at the privateers of Pettipaug, recognized this day because the British Raid on Essex. in the course of the top of the struggle of 1812, 136 Royal marines and sailors made their means up the Connecticut River from warships anchored in new york Sound. Guided by means of a well-paid American traitor the British navigated the Saybrook shoals and complicated up the river less than hide of darkness. by the point it used to be over, the British had burned twenty-seven American vessels, together with six newly equipped privateers. It was once the biggest unmarried maritime lack of the warfare. but this tale has been nearly passed over of the historical past books—the forgotten conflict of the forgotten battle. This new account from writer and historian Jerry Roberts is the definitive assessment of this occasion and contains a wealth of latest details drawn from fresh study and archaeological unearths. Lavish illustrations and particular maps convey the conflict to life.

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On the night of March 24, 1814, a group of men lead by Captain Jeremiah Holmes, an extraordinary man who would later play a major role in the defense of Stonington, attempted an attack on the seventy-­four gun HMS La Hogue off New London. They perhaps thought it was Hardy’s flagship Ramillies, but Hardy had been called away to the British base at Halifax. La Hogue was the flagship of Captain Thomas Bladen Capel who had arrived as Hardy’s temporary replacement. His squadron also included the frigates Endymion and Maidstone.

It was going to be a long haul up to Pettipaug, but they were now fully committed. The first American to notice anything out of the ordinary was the lighthouse keeper at Lynde Point, overlooking the very mouth of the river. m. on April 7th the British anchor off the mouth of the Connecticut River and deploy six ships’ boats stopping at the fort on Saybrook Point. ) The Raid { 35 scuring the rising moon. It is uncertain what the keeper might have seen or perhaps even heard at this hour, but most accounts agree he saw something.

Gun to oppose our landing . . however after the discharge of the Boats’ Guns, and a volley of Musketry from our Marines, they prudently ceased firing and gave us no further interruption. — Captain Richard Coote Coote’s cool, matter-­of-­fact assessment of his arrival on the Essex waterfront is typical of his entire report. No problem, no drama. The muzzle flashes of the American guns gave the British a clear picture of where the defenders were, and perhaps even how many. When they returned fire with the marine’s sea-­service muskets and the boats’ guns it would have made an impressive statement.

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