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November 8, 2012

Trial of Capt. Dacres

From the Otsego Herald

for Saturday, Nov.7, 1812

Compiled, with comments


Weather: Utica 1812

Almanack: Clear & cold. Brisk winds from the N.West.

British account of

Queenston Heights@Body Copy Ragged:

H. Quarters, Montreal Oct. 21.... Official Report from Major General [Sir Roger Hale] Sheaffe, of the brilliant victory achieved on the 13th inst. [Oct.] by a portion of the troops under his command, over a division of the enemy’s army, which affected a landing at Queenston, under cover of the night.

That post was nevertheless defended with undaunted gallantry, by the two flank companies of the 46th regiment, animated by the presence of their gallant and ever to be lamented Chief, Major-General [Isaac] Brock, whose valuable life was, on this occasion, devoted to his country’s service.

These companies displayed exemplary discipline and spirit, although the captains of both were wounded, and succeeded in keeping the enemy in check, until the arrival of Major-General Sheaffe with reinforcements....

Nine hundred prisoners of war, under the command of Brigadier-General [William] Wadsworth, surrendered their arms to a force so inferior in numbers, and without sustaining any considerable loss on our part. A six pounder and a stand of colors have been taken from the enemy....

The Major General reports the conduct of the Indians employed on this occasion, as meriting the highest praise, for their good order and spirit, and particularly names the chief Norton, who was wounded.....

Major General Sheaffe had humanely consented to a cessation of offensive hostility, on the solicitation of offensive hostilitation [sic] by Major General Van Rensselaer, for the purpose of allowing the Americans to remove the bodies of their slain and wounded....

Major General Roger Hale Sheaffe is appointed to the troops in the Upper Province, and administer the civil government of the same. EDWARD BAYNES, Adjutant General.

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