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Otsego Herald

June 27, 2013

HMS Shannon vs. USS Chesapeake

(Continued)

COMMENT: He may not have stayed long, as I have been unable to find any trace of him.

Two American Generals Captured

Head-Quarters, Fort George, June 6.

Hon. gen. John Armstrong, Secretary of War

SIR — I have received an express from the head of the lake [Ontario] this evening, with intelligence, that our troops commanded by the brigadier-general [John] Chandler were attacked at 2 o’clock this morning by the whole of the British and Indian forces, and by some strange fatality, although our loss was small (not exceeding thirty) and the enemy completely routed and driven from the field, both Brigadier-Generals Chandler and [William] Winder were taken prisoner. They had advanced to ascertain the situation of a company of artillery when the attack commenced.

General [John] Vincent is reported to be among the killed of the enemy. Col. Clark was mortally wounded, and fell into our hands, with sixty prisoners of the 49th British regiment. The whole loss of the enemy is two hundred and fifty. They sent in a flag [of truce], with a request to bury their dead. General [Morgan] Lewis, accompanied by brigadier-general Boyd goes on to take the command of the advanced troops.

— H DEARBORN

COMMENT: This was the Battle of Stoney Creek. After losing Fort George to the Americans, the British retreated to Burlington Heights at the western end of Lake Ontario, from which they launched a night attack against a pursuing American force. It was a confused fight, from which the Americans eventually withdrew after losing 16 dead, 38 wounded and 100 captured. British losses were 23 killed, 136 wounded and 52 captured.

Brig. Gen. William Winder (1775-1824) of Maryland was more of a politician than a soldier, as was Gen. John Chandler (1762-1841) of Maine — they got lost in the battle. British Gen. John Vincent (1764-1848) was not killed (though he suffered concussion after falling off his horse). The overall American commander, General Henry Dearborn (1751-1829), was eventually sacked for this and other failures.

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