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August 30, 2012

U.S. Navy exploits

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US Navy Exploits

Latest from our Squadron. — The prize master of the British brig Harmony, (sent into this port by the privateer Yankee) informs us, that previous to his leaving the Yankee they spoke and boarded an American vessel the captain of which informed them that he was boarded on the thirteenth of July, by an officer from one of Com. Rodger’s squadron. The boarding officer states that they had captured and destroyed thirty-one sail of English vessels during their cruise. -- Columbian Commodore [John] Rodgers — it is stated in a Newport paper that a letter has been received from an officer on board the [US Frigate] President, dated July 19, announcing that the squadron had captured and   destroyed 160 English vessels.The letter also mentions, that a few days before leaving port, the Hornet had a brush with an English frigate, supposed to be the Belvidera. — Mercury Advertiser, August 20.

British Capture of Mackinac

“...a letter...dated Sandwich, July 28,...states that Mackinac has been taken by a party of about 1000 Indians, headed b 30 English, under the command of one Askins. The Indians were Soux [sic], Delawares, and Chippewas.   The two latter were hitherto considered friendly to the United States.... Two fine vessels were taken at the same time.

COMMENT: The capture (without a fight) of the American Fort at Mackinac, at the head of Lakes Michigan and Huron, was a severe loss to the United States. 

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