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From: "Adrian C Whittaker" <>
Subject: Re: The Battle for Chesapeake Bay - 1814
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 21:16:14 +0100
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1812 was quite an interesting year for the European nations - the British
set fire to Washington and the French set fire to Moscow. Personally I
prefer us all to be chums as we are now.

Incidentally I think we can say that the insurrection in the colonies that
started in 1776 more properly came to an end with the treaty of 1784.


Adrian C Whittaker in Gravesend, Kent.

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From: "Carlisle" <>
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Sent: Thursday, April 18, 2002 2:04 PM
Subject: Re: The Battle for Chesapeake Bay - 1814

> > Then what were the British Fleet doing anchoring in Chesapeake Bay in
> 1814 -
> > havig a brief stopover on their way to Disneyland?
> > Colleen
> My American history is a bit vague, but I remember this bit from some time
> ago. Perhaps somebody more knowledgeable could correct me if I'm wrong:
> During the War of 1812, President James Madison attempted to overcome the
> small size of the US Navy by issuing Letters of Marquee and Reprisal to
> private ship owners. This document allowed its holder to arm his vessel
> act as a privateer, or, in essence, a legal pirate, representing the
> States. Privateers were permitted to prey upon the merchant fleet of Great
> Britain, and take captured cargo and vessels as prizes. American
> many of them sailing out of Chesapeake Bay in Baltimore Clippers built in
> Fells Point, captured or sank some 1,700 British merchant vessels during
> two and a half year war. Other Baltimore Clippers served as cargo vessels
> bring munitions and other armaments through the naval blockade that the
> British imposed on the US coastline, including Chesapeake Bay.
> 1812-privateer captain, Joshua Barney submitted a plan for the defense of
> the Chesapeake Bay to the Secretary of the Navy on July 4, 1813. It called
> for a squadron of light-draft gunboats and barges armed with long guns or
> carronades. Such a force could engage British landing parties in the
> waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The flotilla would be a special auxiliary
> of the U.S. Navy. The flotilla was approved and assembled.
> In May, 1814, the flotilla sailed from Baltimore toward the mouth of the
> bay, finally encountering the British on the morning of June 1, 1814.
> a brief engagement against the superior British force, the flotilla
> into the mouth of the Patuxent River at St. Leonard's Creek.
> Beginning on June 7, 1814, the Royal Navy dispatched armed barges,
> schooners, and rocket boats armed with the Congreve Rocket, into the creek
> to destroy the flotilla on June 8th, 9th and 10th. Finally, on August
> 19th, the arrival of the main British expeditionary forces forced the
> flotilla to retreat up the Patuxent River. On August 22nd, Barney blew up
> the flotilla at Pig Point to prevent its capture.
> Helen, West Sussex, UK
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