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By a letter from Gov. Huntington, dated I^rver Sandusky, Aug. 4, it appears that Major Croghan's force was 160, and that of the enemy, 800. It further states thai the enemy lost 40 men killed in the ditch with Lieut. Colonel Short, and several officers; and about the same number of jugulars while advancing to the attack, besides Indians. Our loss was one killed, and five wounded.—The enemy 83 killed and 25 prisoners.
'What will Gen. Proctor say, when he finds he has been baffled by a youth but just passed his 21st year. He is, however, a Hero worthy of his gallant uncle, Gen; George R. Clarke.' [See Gen. Harrison to the Secretary of War.]
LOSS OF THE CHESAPEAKE.
Halifax, June 15, 1813/ SIR—The unfortunate death of Capt. James Lawrence, «nd Lieut. Augustus C. Ludlorv, has rendered it my duty to inform you of the capture of the late U. States frigate Chesapeake.
"On Tuesday, June 1, at 8, A. M. we unmoored ship and at meridian got under way from President's Roads, with a light wind from the southward and westward, and proceeded on a cruise. A ship was then in sight in the offing which had the appearance of a ship of war, and which, from information received from pilot boats and «raft, we believed to be the British fri gate Shannon. We made sail in chase and cleared ship for action. At half patt 4 P. M. she hove to, with her head to the southward a- d -eastward. At 5, took in the royals and top-gallant-sails and at half past five hauled the courses up. About 15 minutes before 6, the action commenced within pistol shot. The first broadside did great execution on both sides, damaged our rigging, killed among others Mr. White the the sailing master, and wounded Capt. Lawrence. In about 12 minutes after the commencement of the action, we fell on board of the enemy and immediately after one:. of our arm chests on the quarter-deck was blown up by a hand grenade thrown from the enemy's ship. In a few minutes one of the Capts. aids came on the gun deck to inform me that the boarders were called. I immediately called the boarders away and proceeded to the spar deck, where
CAPTURE OF THE DOMINICO,
Capt. John H. Dent to I he Secretary of the Nuv,y.
Charleston, Aug. 21, 1,81.3,,
[Extract.] I have the honor to inform you that the privateer schooner Decatur, of this port, arrived here yesterday, with H. B. M. schooner Dominico, her prize.
She was captured on the 15th inst. after a most gallant and desperate action of one hour, and carried by boarding, having aft her officers killed or wounded, except one midshipman. The Dominico mounts 15 guns, one a 32 pounder on a pivot, and had a complement of 88 men.
She was one of the best equipped and manned vessels of her class I have ever seen. The Decatur mounts 7 gurts, and had a complement of 103 men.
I have the honor to be, &c.
JOHN H. DENT.
Killed 5—wounded 14.
Killed 18—wounded 42—prisoners 70.
Burning ofSodus, N. Y.—Sodus was the first towu burnt in this war. This was a handsome little village of febout 40 houses. The British appeared off the place, the 17th June, 1813, but finding a considerable militiaforce, put off into the Lake. The militia were disbanded on the 20th when the enemy again returned, and effected a landiog.—
.Capture of Hampton.—The 25th of .1 une the force that attempted Craney Island, landed at Hampton, and carried it after a gallant defence made by our militia, 430 strong, for forty-five minutes. The enemy attacked us by land and water; their land force was about 2500 strong, of whom 400 were riflemen. After our men were completely surrounded, they saw that they must either surrender, or break their way through the enemy's lines. They resolved upon the latter, when the gallant Maj. Crutc/tfield, led them on, and broke the lines, and made good their retreat, after killing and wounding 200 of their adversaries. Our loss on this occasion was seven killed, twelve wounded, and twelve prisoners.
A scene now commenced sufficient to chill the blood of the Savages, and even put them to the blush.
'To give you, sir, (says Maj. Crutchfield in his official. account to Gov. Barbour,) an idea of the savage-like disposition of the enemy, on their getting possession of the neighborhood, would be a vain attempt. Although sir Sidney Beckwith assured me that no uneasiness need be