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A gazette extraordinary of April 13, contains an ample account of the gallant rapture of Monte Video, of which the following is the substance. The dis. patch from sir S. Achmufy isd;ited, Monte Video, Feb. 6; and after announcing the landing of the forces on the 18th of January, about nine miles from the town, and the occupying of the suburbs toy our advanced posts, the general givis the following interesting account of the subsequent operations.
"The next morning the enemy came out of the town, and attacked ns with their whole force, about 6000 men, and a number of guns. They advanced in two columns; the right consisting of cavalry, to turn our left flank, while the other, of infantry, attacked the left of our line; this column pushed in our advanced posts, and pressed so hard on our out.picquct, of 400 men, that col. Browne, who commanded on the left, ordered three companies of the 40tn, under major Campbell, to their support: these companies fell in with the head of the column, and very bravely charged it; the charge was as gallantly received, and great numbers fell on bolh sides: at length the column began to give way, when it was suddenly and impetuously attacked in flank by the ride corps, and lieht battalion, which I had ordered up, and directed to the particular point. The column now gave way on all sides, and was pursued with great slaughter, and the loss of a gun, to the town. The right column, ob. serving the fate of their companions, rapidly retired, without coming into action.—The loss of the enemy was considerable, and has been estimated »t 1500 men their killed might
amount to between 2 and 300; we have taken the same number of prisoners, but the principal part of the wounded got back ^nto the town: 1 am happy to add, that ours was comparatively trifling.— The consequences of this affair were greater than the action itself. Instead of finding ourselves Son rounded with horse, and a petty warf ire at our posts, many of the inhabitants of the country separated, and retired to their several villages, and we were allowed quietly to sit down before the town.— From the best information I conld obtain, I was led to believe that the defences of Monte Video were weak, and the garrison by no means disposed to make an obstinate resistance; but 1 found the works truly respectable, with 160 pieces of cannon; and they were ably defended.—The enemy, bein; in possession of the island of Katones, commanded the li irhour; and 1 was aware that their gunboats would annoy us, as we ap. prehended. A two-gun battery was constructed on the 23d to keep them in check, and our posts were extended to the harbour, and completely shut in the garrison on the land-side. Their communication was still, however, open by water, and their boats conveyed to them troops and provisions. Even water for (he garrison was obtained by these means ; for the wells that supply the town were in our possession.
"On the 2.">th wc opened batteries of four 21-pouiulers and two mortars, and all the frigates and smaller vessels came' in, as close »» they could with safety, and cannonaded the town. But finding that the garrison was not intimidated into » surrender. nrrender, I constructed, on the I8th, a battery of six 24- pounders, within 1000 yards of the south-east bastion of the citadel, which I was informed was in so weak, a state that it might be easily breached. The parapet was soon in ruins, but the rampart received little injury, and I was soon convinced that my means were unequal to a regular liege; the only prospect of success that presented itself was, to erect a battery as near as'possible to a wall by the south gate, that joins the works to the tea, and endeavour to breach it. This was effected by a •it-gun battery, within 600 yards; and though it was exposed to a very •uperior fire from the enemy, which Lad been incessant during the whole of the siege, a breach was report. ed practicable on the 2d instant. Many reasons induced me not to de. lay the assault, though I was aware that the troops would be exposed to a very heavy tire in approaching and mounting the breach. Orders were issued for the attack an hour before day.break the ensuing morn, ing, and a summons was sent to the governor in the evening to surrender the town. To this measure no answer was returned—The troops destined for the assault, consisted of the rllle corps under major Gar. dener, the lijht infantry under Hunt.-col. Brownrigg and major Trotter, the grenadiers under majors Campbell and Tucker, aud the 38th regiment under lit tit.-col. Vassal and major Nugent.—They were supported by the 40th regiment under major Dalrymple, and the 87th under lieutenantcolonel Butler and major Milter. The whole were commanded by colonel lirowue. The remainder ol ray force, consisting of tha 17th Vol. XLIX.
light dragoons, detachments of the 20th and 21st light dragoons, tha 47th regiment, a company -of the 7 1st, and a corps of 700 marines and seamen, were encamped under brigadier-general Lumley, to protect our rear.
"At the appointed hour the troops marched to the assault. They approached near the breach before they were discovered, when a destructive fire from every gun that could bear upon it, and from the musquctry of the garrison, opened upon them. Heavy as it was, our loss would have been com. paralivoly trilling, if the breach had been open; but during tha ni^ht, and utidur our lire, the enemy had barricaded it with hides, so as to render it nearly impracticable.— The night was extremely dark. The head of the column missed the breach ; anil when it was approached, it was so shut up, that it was mistaken for tho untouched wall. In this situation the troops remained under a heavy fire for a quarter of an hour, when the breach was discerned by captain Ileuny, of tha 40th light infantry, who pointed it out, and gloriouily fell as he mounted it. Our gallant soldiers rushed to it, and, difficult as it was of access, forced their way into tha town. Cannon were placed at the head of the principal streets, and their fire for a short time, was destructive; but the troops advanced in all directions, clearing the streets and batteries with their bayonets, and overturning their cannon. The -10th regiment, with colonel Browne, followed.—They also missed the breach, and twice passed through the fire, of the batteries, before they found it.—The 87'h regiment was posted near the uortb gate, which
T t th« the troops who entered at the breach were to open for thorn, but their ardour was so great that they could not wait. They scaled the walls, and entered the town as the troops within approached it. At daylight, every thing was in our possession except the citadel, which made a show of resistance, but soon surrendered ; and early in the morn, ing the town was quiet, and the wo. men were peaceably walking the streets.
"The gallantry displayed by the troops during the assault, and their forbearance and orderly behaviour in the town, speak so fully in their praise, that it is unnecessary for me to say how highly I am pleased with their conduct. The service they have been engaged in since we landed has been uncommonly severe and laborious, but not a murmur has escaped them; every thing I wished has been effected with order and cheerfulness.—Our loss during the siege was trifling, particularly as we were not sheltered by ap. proaches, and the enemy's fire of shot and shell was incessant. But it is painful for me to add, that it was great at the assault. Many most valuable officers arc among the killed and wounded. Major Dal. rymple, of the 40th, waB the only field officer killed. Lieut.-cols. Vassal, and Brownrige;, and major Tncker, are among the wounded. I am deeply concerned to say, that the two former are severely so. The enemy's loss was very great, about 800 killed, 500 wounded, and the governor don P. It. Huldobro, with upwards of 2000 otli«ers and men, are prisoners. About 1500 escaped in boats, or secreted themselves in the town.
"From brig. gcD. the hon. W.
Lumley, and from col. Browne, I have received the most able and the most zealous assistance and sap. port. The former protected the line from the enemy during our march, and covered our rear during the siege. The latter conducted it with great judgement and determined bravery.—The established reputation of the royal artillery has been firmly supported by the com. pany under my orders; and 1 consider myself much indebted to captains Watson, Dickson, Carmicbael, and Wilgress, for their zealous and able exertions. Captain Fansbaw, of the engineers, was equally lesions; and though young in the ser. vice, conducted himself with such propriety, that I have no doubt of his proving a valuable officer.— The captains and officers of the navy have been equally zealons to assist us; but I feel particularly indebted to captains Donnelly and Palmer for their great exertions, They commanded a corps of marines and seamen that were landed, and were essentially useful to us with the guns, and in the batteries, as well as in bringing up the ord nance and stores.—I have the honour to be, &c. S. Aucumvtt Brigadier.general commanding.'' *' P. S. I am extremely concerned to add, that lieut..cols. Vassi and Brownrigg both died yesterday of their wounds. I had flatterec myself with hopes of their recoTery but a rapid mortification has deprived his majesty of two most abi and gallant officers. Return of the Killed, f Founded, . Messing of the Forces under tk command of Brigadier.GeneralSii Sam. Auchmuty. Between \6th and VOthult. 1 liente. naut, 1 drummer, 13 rank and tik killed; 2 majors, 3 captains, 1 lieu t. 1 Serjeants, 1 drummer, 119 rank and tile, wounded; 1 rank and tile, missing. — During the Siege, 1 captain, J rank and file killed; 1 lieut., 1 ensign, 1.' rank and file, woun. «M, 7 rank and file missing.—/// the Attmiliy 1 major, 3 captains, 2 lieuts., 2 Serjeants, 5 drummers, 105 rank and file, killed; 2 lieut. colonels, 3 captains, 8 lieuts., 4 en. signs, 4 start, 18 Serjeants, 5 drum, mers, 235 rank and file, wounded. —Total, 1 major, 4 captains, 3 lieuts., 2 Serjeants, 6 drummers, 12G rank and file, killed; 2 lieut..colo. nets, 2 majors, 6' captains, 10 lieuts., i ensigns, 4 stuff, 20 Serjeants, 6 drummers.366° rank and file, wounded ; 8 rank and file missing.—Cap. tains Wilgress and Crookshanks, 31 rank and file, included in the a. hove, have since returned to their duty.
Officers Killed and Wounded. Killed upon Landing, lieut. Fitzpatrick, of the 40th.—Slightly Wounded upon Landing, major Trotter, of the 83d; major Campbell, of the 40th; capts. Wilgress, of the royal artillery ; Crookshanks of the 38th; Rogers of the 40th ; lieut Chawner, of the 95th.—Killed during the Siege, capt. Beaumont, of the 87th.— Wounded during the Suge, lieut. O'Brien, of the 87th; the hon. C. Irby, midshipman.—Kilhd in the Assault, major Dalrymple, of the 40th; capt. Rennie, of ditto; lieut. Alston, of ditto; capt. Ma. «on,of the 38th; lieut. Irwine, of the 87th; capt. Dickenson, of the 95th.
Wounded in the assault.—11 th regt. lieut. col. Brownrigg, (since dead.)—10th, lient. Smith, and ensign Cancern.—87th, lieut. Evans, wdM'Rea 38th, lieut. col. Vas
sal, (since dead,) capt. Shiplay, lieut. Brownon; ensigns White, Will, shire, and Frazer, (the List since dead ;) paymaster Willshire, adjutant Hewitt, and assistant surgeon Garratt.—40th. lieuts. Wallaoe, Johnson, and Ramus.—72*1, major Tucker.—95th, lieuts. Scauian and M'Namara
A dispatch from admiral Stirling, dated Feb. 8, relates his co-operation with the military forces; and mentions the landing of 800 marines to assist them. Finding he could not get near enough with the ships to produce any effect, he disposal of them so as to prevent any escape from the harbour.—" The distance (says he,) which the ships lay from the shore, with the almost constant high winds and swell we had, and the great way every thing was to be dragged by the seamen, up a heavy sandy road, made the duty excessively laborious. The squadron had almost daily 1400 men on shore, and this ship was of. ten left with only 30 men on board. —The defence made by the enemy protracted the siege longer than was expected, and reduced our stock of powder so low, that the king's ships, with all the transports, and what a fleet of merchantmen hail for sale, could not have furnished a further consumption for more than two days, when a practicable breach was fortunately made, and on the 3d inst. early in the morning, tha town and citadel were most gal. lantly carried by storm."— [After many encomiums on the bravery of his officers and men, the admiral states his loss at six killed, 28 wounded, and four missing, and gives a list of the prizes taken at Monte Video, comprising 57 ' vessels, from 100 to 650 tons, besides 15 sloopT t 2 rigged
Tigged gmi. bo, its, and six rowboats with guns; among them are eight ships, from -20 to 28 guns each; four from 16 to JO guns each; and the rest Indiamen, and merchantmen. A sloop of war, with a vast quantity of trVasnre on board, was blown up during the storm.]
Gallant Enterprise.—Letter from Captain Saner, of his Majesty's Ship Galatea:—
His Majesty's Ship Galatea, Coast of Caraccas, Jan. 22, 1807. Sib, Yesterday morning we discovered from the mast-head a sail in the S.E. steering for la Guira, and soon compelled her to another course for Barcelona; about noon it was mostly calm, when she appeared to be a man-of-war, and, by her manoeuvre, an enemy; she had now the advantage of us by a breeze, and, with her lofty Hying sails and •weeps, was leaving; us fast. At two o'clock her top gallant sails were scarcely above the horizon, but in a situation between the ship and the coast that still alforded me hopes of her, by co-operation of the boats; they pushed off, under the direction of the first-lieutenant, William Combe, manned with lire officers, 50 seamen, and 20 marines; and, after rowing about 12 leagues in eight hours (p:irt of the time under a burning sun,) they came up with her, going, with a light land breeze, about two knots. Having first hailed her, our brave fellows instantly attempted to board on both quarters, but by the fire of her guns, which had been all trained aft rn readiness, and having to combat,
under every disadvantage, with mors than double their numbers, wera twice repulsed by them. The boats now dropped, and poured through her stern and quarter-ports a destrnctivc fire of musquetoons, and small arms, that cleared the deck of many of the enemy, who wers all crowded aft; when, after an ar. duous struggle (a third time) for a footing, our men rushed a-board, and in a few minutes drove all be, fore them; the bowsprit and gib. boom were covered; some flew aloft, and others below; the captain and most of his officers wers lying wounded on the decks, leaving the remainder of this handful of men in proud possession of th» French imperial corvette, Le Lynx, of fourteen 24-pounders, carro. nades, and two long 9-pounders, chasers, pierced for 18 guns, and manned with l6l men, commanded by monsieur Jean M. Yarquest, with dispatches from Guadalonp* for the Caraccas: she is two yean old. and a well equipped fine vessel, in all respects, for his majesty's icrvice.
At the head of our invaluable men's names who fell in this quarter of an hour's sharp contest, standi that of the second lieutenant, Ham Walker, of his third wound; of the officers commanding our fi** b >ats, only lieutenant Gibson was unhurt. It may be unnecessary to add lieutenant Combe's report, that every man did his duty.—1 am satiified they did.
1 am, Sir, &c. (Signed) Geo. Save*. To Rear-admiral the Hon. Sir A
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