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Buffalo Gazette

Tuesday, September 28, 1813
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Further Particulars of Commodore Perry’s Great and Glorious

Naval Victory!

Copy of a letter from William Foster, Esq. To Mr. S. Grosvenor, Merchant, Buffalo,

dated Erie, 19, Sept. 1813

Dear Sir,

I expect you will have heard before this reaches you, of the victory obtained by Commodore Perry, over the British fleet, on Friday, the 10th in,[sic] near the head of the Lake. Mr. Wm. Lattimore has just returned from Sandusky; he was on board several of the vessels since the action, and informs that the victory was the most complete of any in naval annals. The British has the new vessel called the Detroit, mounting nineteen long 24 pounders; the Queen Charlotte, Lady Provost, Hunter Mary and Friends Goodwill, in all mounting nine more guns than our fleet. The engagement took place about 16 miles this side of Malden, near an island called Middle Sister; the two fleets nearing each other in lines forming an acute angle, the Lawrence leading the line of our fleet, the Caledonia & Niagara, and the smaller vessels following. The action commenced between the Lawrence and Detroit, which was followed by the Charlotte and one of the smaller vessels. The Lawrence sustained the whole fire of those vessels, until she had every man killed or wounded but 7, and the last gun she fired, Com. Perry helped to work it. He then gave orders to have her towed out of the line as useless, having no more men fit for duty, than what would barley one gun, and took his flag and went on board the Niagara. He then bore up for the Detroit, which struck after one broadside, the Charlotte soon followed the example, and afterwards the whole six, not leaving them a solitary boat to return to Malden with the news. I am happy to state that Com. Perry was unhurt. We had two officers killed, Capt. Brooke of Mannes, and a midshipman, whose name I have not heard, and forty men; a great many wounded. The British commander, Barclay, had his other hand shot off. The slaughter on board the Detroit and charlotte was dreadful, not a mast left standing on either of them. On board the Detroit were 270 men when the action commenced.

The Lawrence is coming home with the wounded, having started before Mr. Lattimore left Sandusky; but the wind been unfavorable for two days past. Mr. Lattimore says about 600 prisoners we landed at Sandusky.

Yours, &

WM. FOSTER

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