From the Otsego Herald
for Wednesday, June 22, 1814
Compiled, with comments
Washington City, June 10...Letter from Brig. Gen. Gaines...Sacket’s Harbor May 31, 1814.
“I have the honor to transmit herewith Major Appling’s report of the gallant affair which took place yesterday morning between a detachment of the 1st Rifle Regiment and Oneida Indians under his command, and a detachment from the British fleet, consisting of sailors and marines commanded by Captain Popham of the Royal Navy.
“Major Appling had been ordered to co-operate with Captain Woolsey of the Navy, in escorting the cannon and Naval stores from Oswego, destined for the fleet here, on board a flotilla of barges, and after having gotten safely into Sandy Creek, 16 miles southwest of this place [Sacket’s Harbor], they were pursued up the creek by the enemy’s force, which they met and beat and took, after an action of 10 minutes, without any other loss on our part than one rifleman wounded.”
Copy of a letter from Major Appling to Brig. Gen. Gaines, dated Sandy Creek, May 30th 1814.
“Sir—Presuming that you have already been made acquainted with the result of the affair of this day, I consider it necessary only to furnish you with the return of the killed, wounded and prisoners on the part of the enemy, which is as follows:—
Prisoners: 37 marines, 106 sailors
Wounded: 28 sailors and marines
Killed: 15 sailors & marines, 1 midshipman....
The dead will receive all the honors and attention due unfortunate soldiers; the wounded remain at this place waiting the arrival of medical aid from [Sackets] harbor. The prisoners have been marching into the country, and to-morrow they will proceed for the harbor.
The enemy’s boats also fell into my hands, consisting of two gun-boats and five barges, some of which carried howitzers.... D[aniel] APPLING