Historical Sketches of the Late War, Between the United States and Great Britain
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1817 edition. Excerpt: ...At a distance of 7 miles from the ground on which the army encamped, was a wood which had been formed into an abattis, and was filled with a succession of breastworks, the rearmost of which was well supplied with ordnance. Behind these, the disposable force of the enemy was placed, in front of them the light troops and Indians. Sir George Prevost was supposed to be the commander in chief of the forces and breastworks thus arranged. It was resolved to attack and dislodge him. Colonel Purdy, who commanded the 1st brigade, was ordered on the 25th, to ford the river, and march down on its opposite side, until he should reach the enemy's rear, where he was to re-cross the river, and attack him in his breastworks; whilst the 2d brigade, under general Izard, was to assail him in front. The fire from one was to be the signal of attack for the other. Colonel Purdy accordingly marched down on the opposite bank, but had not proceeded far, when he received a countermanding order from general Hampton, issued inconsequence of a communication from the quarter master general's department, which the general deemed unfavourable to the prosecution of his plan.-In attempting to return to the place at which he had previously crossed the river, colonel Purdy was attacked by the enemy's infantry and Indians, Who were repulsed after a short contest, though they had thrown the Amercan column into partial confusion. The British at the same time came out of their works, to attack the 2d brigade on the opposite side. They were repulsed at this point also, and general Izard drove them rapidly behind their defences. The 1st brigade attempted the construetion of a bridge of logs, and though it was assailed by a considerable force of the British regulars, and received a...
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