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itEW-VORK, NOV 38.
mmtrtniir nWiimmitfi we VP-
tyrday received by the Car of Neptune steam-
Boat. 1 .
Oen. Ilarrison was a passenger in theteajrn
laaV bavyw-Jaft hi army in wiater quarter at
Harbor. Wen. Armstrong was apa9-
Jenffer in the steam-ooai as lar as ,? mu.
Com. Liliauncey, wun uis iiecs, naving uro i
ver Geur Harrison's army, " ill, it is said, lay
p hi vessels for the winter at Sackctt's Har
bor. - ALPAJft AHOVS EXTIl A.
Satan ay morning, A"ov. 27.
GEN. WILKINSON TO THE SECRETARV OF
Head-Quarters, French Jlli'ts, aujoining
ttn. Province, oj Lower Canada, JS"o-
vemoer 10. fl.ftn4 I .,,Mnn
fii T beg leave to refer von to the journal I j s as9ii--,( 01
Verse lines alternately yieldingftttijidyanc ipgi
It is impossible te say with accuracy what was
ear nnmber on the field, because it consisted of
indefinite detachments taken from the lioats to
render safe the passage of the Saut Gens. Co
vington and Swartwoutjveluntarily tookvpar in
the action, at the head of detachments from
tkeir espective brigades, and' exhibited Jhe
same courage that was displayed by Brig Gen.
Boyd, who happened to he the Xnipr stheer on
the ground. Our force engaged might have
reached sixteen or seventeen hundred men but
actually did not exceed eighteen hundred; that
of the enemy was estimated from twelve hun
dred, to twVlhousnnd, but did not probably a
mount to more than fifteen or sixteen hundred
-rons is tineas I am informed, of lictasbmeuts
from the 49th, 84-th and lotih regiments of the
Willi perfect respect, &c-
Iroe-wiUv three companies of the .VoUigeuri (Signed) ...... JAMES WILKINSON.
general officers Which have been in accord
with ray own.
I remained on the Canada shore1 jinlil the
next day, without seeing or hearing from the
' powerful force of the enemy in our .neigh
borhood, and the same day reached tin po
sition with tne'artillery aud infantry. The
dragoons have been ordered to Utica and its
vicinity, and 1 expect are 00 or 60 miles onthe
-You have imder cover a summary abstract
of the ki Lied 1 Wounded iu the atlair, of the
llth inst which shall soon be followed by a
Particular return, in whieh. a just regard will
e, paid to individual merits. -The dead rest
in honor, -And the w ounded bled for their coun
t s ... i
urn: eserve us srraiiiuue.
and Gteugary 'orps,and the militiaof the coun
try, who are not iueludd in the estimate.
- It w.onld bo pfesumotuOUB in me to attempt to
give pua detailed account of this aflair,' liicli
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Ctiriauisy reitecis tugii iwmuron inc vaturor inr
Amencan soldier, as no '"examples can he' pro
duced of undisciplined rffen, with inexperieticed
oRicers, braving a lire of, t.vo hfturs und a half,
without fjuitling the field or yielding to their
antagonists. iir' 'r' information I now
give yon, is derived from oincers oi my con
lidenpe, whotouk active parts in this conflict;
for tlnugh 1 was enabled to order the attack, it
was my irird .fortune not to be able to lead the
ded. The disease with which
on the 2d of September, on my
hic!i accompanies tins etier lor me pariieu- ( ot:rtl0V f0 port George, having with a fewshort
lars oi ie niovemeiii oi uic curp uma -i my ! interval of convalesi
lescenee, preyed on me ever
Extract of Tetter of the 15th Novi from Gen.
It is a fapt, for which I, am authorized, to
pledge niyselffpn the most confidential aithori?
ty, that on the fth of the present month,the
Pritiih garrison uf Montreal consisTed solely of
400 marines and 200 sailors, which had been
sent up from Quebee. We haves with the pro
vision he refund lhat left at Chateaugay, auoit
IQ day's subsistance,) to which I shall add 30
i Gen. John A nvtrong,
Sccitiarv at ar.
JFYorti Gen. JVUIcizson to Gen. Hampton.
junction at .fit Re'gii. The wajp is ih'tuaoj6 :1
pfaierWocklyTeTIahd'IhCa a'nllihe 'roaSvT
impracticable fivr, w)eel :earrlages during winM ( V.
ter but by the employment r pack horses, if
I am not overpowered) I hope to be atle i6 pre ' .
vent your starving: I tavj ascertained and
witnessed that the plan of the enemy is, t o con
sume every ihi'nj in our advauce.- Mr troops
and other means will be described lu you hv
Col. Atkinsonr"Besides the rawness and iitlbr
negs, they have endured fatigues equal to a-,
winter campaign, In the late snows and had
weather, and are sadly dispirited and .fallen '
off; hut upon this subject I must refer you to '
Col. Atkinson. ; ( '
With these means; whftt 6an hi aecompllsh '
ed by human exertion I will attempt with a
mind devoted to the general objects of the cam
I have the honor to he, very respectfully, lit "
your most obedient servant. f
- (8ignerf)-- , . : rWwtoW , .
Jitsjjr. jnajiren. JuiH9 frilkinidn: v ..
GEN. VILKIKS0X TO GEN. ABMSTROUd. ;
. ' ' 'Head Quarters, French Mills. '
' ,JV3i;.""18,t8l3.. w' '- J..
fitnIbethis mayhe considered as an apt
peqdage to'iny oiHeial communication respect
ing the actiort of the 11th instant. I last eve
ning received (he enclosed informatior, the re- '
suit of the examination of sundry prisoners ta ;
ken on the field of battle, which justifies the) ,
opinion of the surviving general officers who-
...... .i. . i , . m ' .
were in me engagement. lius goes to prove
Head-Qua. Ler8(,r Hie a. my ,,1 mik-s llint Rjfhn,iK &lm'nn'An. M;Wnf;rt. J' Ar.il
above Odeunburgh, Nov. 6th. 1813, j u f 8 V ""v .
. " 4 ' - fin the evening ) I "' no allow me sumcieut time to rout the eneJ
Sir I address vou at the special instance of my, they were beaten -the accidental loss' oi
eommarid cdwntbe'bt. Lawre'nee, audVill f-fijncs and at the moment of this action, I was 'the Secretary of War, who by bad roads, worse 'one field' piece notwithstanding, after it had
deavor to' exert -my euteibled.nuud to detail (o; n 'anpi lo mv i,ftli n,l emaeiated almost in i weather and ill health, was diverted frr.m meet, been discharged fifteen Or twentV times.. I
unable to sit on my horse or to move 'mg me near this place, and determined to tread
you the more striking arid . important lucuientslgjipj
nav.c ensueamy apiirture iroin urena-j fen I;aPe9 without assistance. , (hack his steps to Washington from Antwerp on
oi nuu, at me uiaii, ui I must, however, be pardoned for trespass-1 t,lR ;29"1 ltisti
pi nr. mrvKZm K5'.n'.;l,'nS " )' "' remarks, in relation to1 1 am destined to aud determined on the at-
T!--corps ofth.a enemy from Kingston, uh:-h o A rf . . f h n . . . . Ajtack 0f Montreal, if not prevented by some act
folio .vet mc. huae to mv.rear, and in conceAlue aJI,l,r' 1 ,,e V19 01 lue l1 i . .tw iA 4Ul
... , ' .1 ,.f: iia ooojL Jniorican : commando rs were precisely opposed i"1 v'.s,TC atu,,l.T lu u,,ic,1',,''cj
Vith a h.vygalk7 .andatew gun-boats, seeiM. . . - . in.J,tniLL r! the division under vnur command must eo-one-
his government and the most solemn oll,!ga
Jiou of duly, to precipitate his descent of the
Jt. Lawrence-by every practicable means
because, this bcins effected, one of the trreatest
I i!i; .l . . .i. :.
sdf to be diverted a single day from the prose-" ' V - i .
. 1 . ttmtild ho iiir.iiuiinlPl find tha Hrr m- uli.
equally imprioiis, to retard and if possible
prevent suca descent. He is to be accounted
victorious who effected his purpose. The Bri-
ed determined to retard my progress. ,l was
te-npted to halt, turn about, and put an end to
lit (mazing; but ajas i 1 was confined to my bed :.
Jlaj. ten. Lewis was too ill JVr any active exer
tio;i; and above all, I did not dare snfferniy-
ention f the views of trovernment. I had writ-
tea M ij. Gen. Hampton on the 6th inst. by his
Adjt. Gen: Col. King, and !id ordered him to.
form a junction wiih me on the St. Lawence,
whieh I expected 'vo'i Id take place on the 9th
r 10th. It would have been unpardonable had
I lost sight of this object a moment, as I deemed
it of vital importance tT!ie issue Of he cam
paign. ' 'the enemy deserve credit for their zeal and
intelligence, which the active crcivERSALiosfaY
jiy of the male inhabitants of the country ena
.hlad'them to employ to the greatest advantage.
Thus while ..menaced bv a respectable force in
. fear, the coast was linei by miisfpietry in front,
at ?very critical pass of the river, which ohli-
f t nit to march a detachment,' and this iuipe
ed my progress. -On
the evening of the 9th inst. the army halt
ed a few miles from the head of the Longue
iautrIirthc:moriritg of the toth, the enclosed
srder was issued. Gen. Brown marched agree
aale to order , and about noonwe were appri
sed, by the report of his artillery, that he was
tish commander having failed to gain either of
his objects, can lay no cluim to the honor of ih.
day. Tire battle fluctuated and triumph seem
ed, at different times, inclined to the contend-
rate witlf the cori's under ' ray immediate or
ders". The point of rendezvous is a circum
stance of the greatest interest to the issue of
this operation, and the distance which sepa
rates us, and -my ignorance of the practibility
of the director devious roads r routs by which
you must march, make it neeessary" that your
nwn judgment should determine the point Tq
assist vou in making the soundest determina
tion, and lo take the most prompt ami effectual
measures, 1 can only inform you of my inten
tions ami situation in some respects'of the first
importance. 1 shall pass 1 rescott to nightj be
mi la . 1 ...j A A tk& et t f liM nAnOMM MM- I IAa a, a
nnrnc I hn fi-iif At tf.n OTmn.v nnco -it HUflt Lflirj ui lilt BrUsUll UIU JIUL ailU lilt:
first forced back more than a mile, and tho' theyi tl,ree da.vs ,0 lake ,f' "ha cr08S the cava,7 at
never regained the ground they lost, (heir gianj' Hanjilton. which will not require a day. 1 shall
was permanent and theircharges resolute. A- Uience press forward and break down every ob-
midst these charges and near the elose of the .ruction or. tins river to Itrand river, there to
j . .
contest,, we lost a field piece by the fall of the
officer who was serving it with the same cool
ness as if he had baen at parade or review.
This was Lieut' Smith of the Light Artillery,
wh;i,iu point of merit, stood at the head of his
gvade. The enemy having halted and our
thoops being again formed, in battalion front
sides, we resumed our position on the bank of
tiie river, and the infantry being .much fatigued
the whole werere-emharked ami proceeded
engaged some distance below usv At the same "J" vci vtiuio.u luriner t-nnoyance iron.
time the enemy were observed in our rear, and t1" ""-".'J, V su"-""r'
their galley and gmi-boats approached our .Uo-lS00" Wlju bvc pieces of light ar tillery, march-
u-i.:..ii r.KH..ted down the Laiiiida shore without moleita-
me to order a battery of Impounders to be plant. ltl0tl '
fd, and a shot fiom it compelled the vessels ofi due to his rank, to his worth and his
tin! enemy to retire, together with their troopsices, that I should mtike particular men-alii-r
some firing tetween the advanced parties, .j tion of Brigadier General Covington, who re
But by this time, in coTisequcnw olliseinbark- ce!ved a mortal wound ilirectiy through the
hp and re-embarking the heavy guns, the-day ; body, while animating his men ami leading
was" so far spent, thaf oor '-pilots did not dare1 t&em to .the charge. fir Ml, where he fought,
fn:r the Saut, (eight niiles a continued rapid), U the hta,d of his men, and suivived but two
and therefore we fell down about two miles and jdays. '
iiart tn fiff tA Tifffht" ,Rvh next mominat'i'bn morning the flotilla passed thro'
every thine was in readiness forTmoTmifrttrt at cxctdlgut-tjMouLBrlgJ
having received ho iateliigenee from General iOehc Brown, at Bamhartrs near Cornwall,
Bi;own, I was still delayed, as soundVcaut'n.i' where he Lad been instructed to take post and
tor.-scribed Ishould learn the resuUof his affair, j .vat riiy arrival, and where 1 -couCdjntly ex
befo're I committed the flotilla to the Saut. jpjeted: lo he"aV-of Major General Hampton's
At half past tea o'clock; A. M. an officer of arrival, du the opposite shore.. . But immediate
Jragoons arrived with a letter,' in' which thi! u'wr 1 halted, Colonel Atkinson, the in-".
On.l-iformed mclw had forced the enemy, and sp-' 'r General of the division under Major
would reach the foot of the Saut eariy in the General Hampton, waited o-i me with a letter
day. -Orders were immediately given 'fur thef''''n th:it osiicer, in which, to my unspeakable
flotilla fo sail, at i whielL instant the enemy's ;jnorfification and surprize, he -declined the;
gun boats appeared, and begad tit throw shot a-' j"1'!01 ordered, and informed me -he' was
inoiig us. information was brought ms at the j inareiiinfj; towards .Luke Chaiuplain'by way of
same time, from Brig. Gen. Boyd, that the-'enln-operaring in the proposed attack on Mod
toy's trojioswere advajciii inlealtjmn. I im-;tr;al. 1 This letter, together with a copy of
uiaieiyeTiTwnersurimTToxTat v " siTrri ncfc-ijmireuiaTe-
. 'Their crun- i,y smiinuicu m u cnuuni hi war, composed of
cross the Terrot, and with my pcows to bridge
the narrow inner f hanh'.l, and thus obtain foot
hold on Monl real Island at about 20 miles from
the city ; after whieh our artillery, bayonets
and swords m;:st secure our triumph orprovide
us honorable graves. .
Inclosed you have a memorandum of field and
hatterins; traifi, pretty well found in fixed am-
have also learned, from what is considered
good authority, but I will not vouch for the
correctness of it, that the enemy's loss exceed
ed five hundred killed aud wounded.' The en
closed reportwill correct an error in my former ,
communication ias it appears it was the 89th,
and not the 84th British regiment which wa
engaged on the llth. I beg leave to mention,
relatrt'ewthe action of the llth, what from
my extreme ' indisposition, , I have omitted, j
Having received information late in the dayr
that tie contest had become somewhat dubious .
I ordered up a reserve of six hundred meu9
whom I had directed to stand by their "ferns
under Lt. Col. ITpham, wlo gallantly led thea
into the action, which terminated a few snin I
utes after their arrival on the ground.
With much consideration, and respect,
: 1 have the honor to be, sir,
Vour obdt humble servant,
-i - . .-i "iirtT TrT"visitu
TfieHon.Johk Armstrong Se'cy at War,'" ' '
Statement of the strength of the enemy In the
action of the llth Nov. 1813, on Kesler's
Field in Williamsborough, in Upper Cana
da founded on the separate examination of
a number of British prisoners taken , ou thu&
field of battle. . ' a '
Of the 89 t h t-egt.
" this report was soon contradicted.
boats however continue to scratch us, a-l a
variety of reports oF their implements awleptin
terijiiovsmeuts were brought tonina ia succes
.si'in Mhich eWD;inced"mc of their determiiia-
'itiun to hazard an attack whehTTcouldlie done
to .the greatest advantage, and therefore! 10
solved lo anticipate them'. . Directions were ae-
-eoldingly se:!t, by that distinguished officer
Col. Swift of the engineers, Co Brig. Gen. Boyii,
' to jhrow the detachments ofi his cojiiniand, as
sigiied to him in the Order . of the preceding day,
and composed of men of his'' own, Covington's
aud Swartvvout's brigade,1 into three columns,
to march upon the eueiiiv, outflar k them if pos-
ai:' iv ith occasional pAu
J;rcai vivaOity, in upon spacs an-l t;ur eombat.
Sr, upwards of two and a haJf hsHriH-he ad-
my general officers and . Colonel commaudinsr
tap rdite, the chief Engineer and the Adjutant
General,, who unanimonsly gave it as their
6piniou, that i 'the. attack, on Moutreal should
beahsndonel for the present season and the
army near Cornwall should s immediately
crossed to tha American shorel for taking up
winter quarters, and llwttthis place afforded an
eligible position for such quarters." '.,
I acquiesced in these opinions, not from the
shortness of the stock of provisions " (which
had been reduced by act of God) because
that of our meat had Ycen increased 5 . day s,
and our bread had been reduced enly 2 days,
and because we could, in case 'ofextreniitv.
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inrticneidjwiiJi theadvanced body of theene- have live-Ion the enemy but because I he- loss m
y, and became extremely sharp and gallingt of the division linder Major "Geu. Hampton fo
ith occasional pAusvei smUinsd jth weakened my force too senrsibly to justify the to
illctnpt,-1 .In all my measures and uiovement
of moment, 1 have taken the opinion of my I
munition, which may enable you to dismiss your
own. But we are deficient in loose powder and
musket cartridges, and therefore hope you may
be abundantly found. .
Ou the suhjtct of provisions. I wish I could
givr. a favorable information. Our whole stock
of bread may ba computed at about 15 days, and
our meat at twenty, in speaking on tins sub
jectto the Secretary of War, he informed me
ample magazines were laid up oh lake. , Cham-
plain, and therefore 1 niust request of you toor-
der lorwaru two or three months- supply by the
safest route, in a direction to the proposed
scene of action. I ha,ve.,submitled the state of
our provisions to my general officers, whouna-
nimouslv asree that it should not prevent the
progress of tli.? expedition. And they also a-
gree in opinion that it you are not in iorce to
raerthnOT at StTKeg
is or its vicinity.
I shall expect to hear from if not see yon at
that place on the 19th." T
I have the honor to he", respectfully, your o
bedient humble servant ....
(Signedj JA. WILKINSON.
Major General 'Hampton.
FROM GEN. HAMPTON TO GEN. WILKINS01.' '
.. I , , Head-Quarters, Four Corner, -
" ,: . ' .Lcmber 8ih 1813..
Sir tI. had the honbr .to receive, at a late
hour last evening, by Col. Kinar, vour comma
nicationOf the 6thvjjid was deeply impressed
with the sense of responsibility it imposed of
deciding upon the means of co-operation. The
Of h innih v
80 one company a !s
dea suggested as the opinion of your, officers, of
cuccniig me junction ai oani itegis, was most
pleasing, as being most immediate, until I
came to the disclosure of the amount of our
supplies of provisions.. Col. Atkinson will ex
plain the. reasons that would have rendered it
impossible for. me to. have brought more than
each man could have carried on his back, and
when I reflected that iu throwing myself upon
your scanty means, I should be weakening you
in your most vulnerable point, I did not hesi
tate to adopNhe opinion,.after consulting, the
general and principal officers, that by thiowing
myself backs on my main depot, when all the
nivalis oi iransponaiion nan gone ana tailing
trpotrthe enemy s fl auk, and straining every ef
fort to open a communication from Plattsburtrh
tO'Coehawa,';or any.other point vou may indi
cate oHTtKe St. Lawrence, I should more effec
tually sontri'uuto to , your iuesstbao by the
Four pieces of mounted artillery; and sevBi
gun-boatr, one mountjng a 24 pounder.
I certify that the above statement is cerreet
agreeably to the statement of the 'above men
tioned prisoners. . . .' 1
-rs'fiiiitpectfr Gem ad Divisit
Head Quarter, Frereh MtV
Nov. 16, 1813.
tfS.s ST, LOUIS, OCT., 80-.
and the Consequent fall of, fort Amhcrstburg,
Detroit,. &c. &c. are e vents w h i ch w i fl be mora .
appreciated inKthrs territory and Illinois, thau '
at any other point from the Mississippi to tho
Pennsylvania iice. , v 11
; The trade with the Indians by the rivers and
lakes was as undisturbed to the British as if
peace existed in that quarter ; and such a de
gree of security , had the north west company .
lulled themselves into, that seven of their beats?
loaded with merchandize had arrived lasUIuly
at Prairif du Chein, for the St. Peters and
otlier waters which empty into the Mississippi ;
among these wa obly one small barge on gov
ernment account which contained a few present
for the Indians.
Gen. Proctor's plan was to make his issue
of presents at or near Detroit, so as to be able
to command the services of the warriors in that
vieinitvl he permitted a small portion to ba -
distributed amoag the savages of llock river,
with the injunction that they should harass)
the settlements of this territory and Illinois :
by this arrangement the Indians of the Illinois .
wereotallyneglectedr'-Main Poque hattgofc
all the recruits lie could possibly muster on this
side laVe Michigan ? he had embarked his for
tune with Proctorsand left Gomo and the lesser
chiefs to contend with the 'settlements on the
Mississippi, with what success th events of
last year have already shewn. ; t
Indians by the British we fmay attribute the
safety of these Territories; tho few raugT
vvfio were spread oyer a widely extended fron
tier eould not arrest the progress a fcrocisus