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mentioned officers of his Majesty""s naval and military forces, to be knights commanders of the most honourable Military Order of the Bath.
[One hundred and eighty names follow.]
16th. The third class of the most honourable Military Order of the Bath shall be composed of officers holding commissions in his Majesty's service by sea or land, who shall be styled Companions of the sakl Order. They shall not be entitled to the appellation, style, precedence., orprivilege of Knights Bachelors, but they shall take place and precedence of all Esquires of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
17th. No officer shall be nominated a companion of the said Most Honourable Order, unless he shall have received, or shall hereafter receive, a medal, or other badge of honour, or shall have been especially mentioned by name m dispatches published in the London Gazette, as having distinguished himself by his valour and conduct in action against his Majesty's enemies, since the commencement of the war in 1803, or shall hereafter be named in dispatches published in the London Gazette, as having distinguished himself.
18th. The Companions of the said Order shall wear the badge assigned to the Third Class, pendant by a narrow red ribband to the button-hole.
19th. And his Royal Highness the Prince Regent, hath been pleased to ordain and enjoin, that the said Knights Commanders, and the said Companions, shall respectively be governed by the rules
and regulation:! which his Royal Highness, in the name and on the behalf of his Majesty, hath been graciously pleased to make, ordain, and enjoin for them ; and by 5 uch other rules and ordinances as may be from time to time made and ordained by Ids Majesty, his heirs, and successors, kings of this realm.
And His Royal Highness the Prince Regent hath been pleased to appoint, that Sir George Nayler, Knt. Genealogist and Blanc Coursier Herald of the Order of the Bath, and York Herald, shall be the Officer of Anns attendant upon the said Knights Commanders and Companions; and also to command, that the Officers hereby appointed Knights Commanders, and those who shall hereafter be respectively nominated and constituted Knights Commandei-s or Companions, shall immediately utter such romination transmit to the said Sir George Nayler, a statement of their respective military services, verified by their signatures, in order that the same may be by him recorded in books appropriated to the said Knights Ccoiiman<lers and Companions.
And his Royal Highness has also been pleased to approve, that Mr. William Woods be the Secretary appertaining to the said Knights Commanders and Companions.
Admiralty-office, Feb. 18, Copy of a letterfrom Rear Admiral the Honourable Sir H«nry Hotham, K.C.B. to John Wilson Croker, Esq. dated on board his Majesty's ship Superb, at anchor bet'i.rc New London, January 20.
Sir,—I have the honour to request you will be pleased to lay the enclosed copy of a letter and its enclosures, which I have this day addressed to Vice Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane, the Commander in Chief, detailing the capture of the United States ship President, on the 15th instant, under the circumstances therein mentioned, before the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, with which, in his absence, I have directed "Lieut. Hare, commanding his Majesty's schooner, Pieton, to proceed forthwith to England for their Lordship's information.
J have the honour to be, &c.
Superb, at anchor before New London, Jan. "i3. Sir,—I have the honour to acquaint you with the capture of the United States ship President, on the 15th instant, by the following force, viz.—the Majestic, Captain Hayes; Tenedos, Captain Hyde Parker; Endymion,Captain Hope; _Pomone, Captain Lumley; which I had collected off the bar of New York, under the direction of Captain Hayes. She and the Macedonian armed brig, of 420 tons, loaded with provisions, sailed on the preceding evening, under the the command of Commodore Decatur; but the present season of the year, and the dark nights of which he availed himself, have not enabled him to elude the vigilance of Captain Hayes, and the Commanders of his Majesty's ships under his orders, who have well discharged the important duty I assigned to them ; and I beg leave to offer you my congratulations on
the design of the American Government being defeated.
You will perceive by the reports Captain Hayes has delivered to me (copies of which 1 do myself the honour to transmit to you herewith), the ardour displayed by Captain Hope in the pursuit; the intrepidity with which he brought the enemy's ship to close action, and the undaunted spirit with which the Endymion's inferior force was singly employed for the space of two hours and an half, leaving honourable evidence of judgment in the position she was placed in, and of the destructive precision of her fire, in the sinking state of her antagonist, the heavy loss sustained by hint, and his inability to make further resistance when the Pomone arrived up with him; when the loss sustained by the Endymion was comparatively small: and although the distinguished conduct of Captain Hope, his officers, and ship's company, can derive no additional lustre from my commendation, 1 cannot withhold my tribute of applause, nor can I refrain from assuring you, that the judidious conduct of Captain Hayes in the direction of the force entrusted to his orders, and the exertions exhibited by him and by Captains Parker, Hope, and Lumley, have justified the confidence I had placed in their zeal, and have rendered them worthy of your approbation. I have the honour to be, &c. (Signed)
Rear Admiral. To the Hon. Alexander Cochrane, K. B. Vice Admiral of the Red, Commander in Chief, &c. &c
Majestic, at Sea, Jan. 17, 1815, lat. 39 ww. 43 deg. N. long. 71 min. 53 deg. W.
Sir,—I have the honour to acquaint you, that notwithstanding my utmost endeavours to keep the squadron committed to my charge close in with Sandy Hook, agreeable to your directions, for the purpose of preventing the escape of the United States' ship President, and other vessels ready for sea at Staten Island, we were repeatedly blown otf by frequent gales : but the very great attention paid to my orders and instructions by the respective captains, in situations difficult to keep company, prevented separation; and, whenever the wind did force us from the coast, I invariably, on the gale moderating, placed the squadron on that point of bearing from the Hook I judged it likely, from existing circumstances, would be the enemy's track; and it is with great pleasure I have now to inform you of the success of the squadron, in the capture of ihe United States' ship President, Commodore Decatur, on Sunday night, after an anxious chace of eighteen hours.
On Friday, the Tenedos joined me, with your order to take Captain Parker in that ship, under my command. We were then in company with the Endymion and Pomone, off the Hook, and in sight of the enemy's ships; but that night the squadron was blown off again in a severe snow storm. On Saturday, the wind and weather became favourable for the enemy, and I had no doubt but he would attempt his escape that night: it was impossible, from the direction of the wind, to get
in with the Hook, and, as before stated, (in preference to closing the land to the southward,) we stood away to the northward and eastward, till the squadron reached the supposed track of the enemy, and, what is a little singular, at the very instant of arriving at that point, an hour before day-light, Sandy Hook bearing W. N. W. 15 leagues, we-were made happy by the sight of a ship and brig standing to the southward and eastward, and not more thin two miles on the Majestic's weather bow. The night signal for a general chace was made, and promptly obeyed by all the ships. In the course of the day, the chace became extremely interesting by the endeavours|of the enemy to escape, and the exertions of the captains to get their respective ships alongside of him, the former by cutting away his anchors, and throwing overboard every moveable article, with a great quantity of provisions, and the latter by trimming their ships in every way possible to effect their purpose. As the day advanced, the wind declined, giving the Endymion an evident advantage in sailing; and Captain Hope's exertions enabled him to get his ship alongside of the enemy, and commence close action at half an hour past five o'clock in the evening, which was continued with great gallantry and spirit on both sides, for two hours and a half, when the Endymion's sails being cut from the yards, the enemy got a-head; Captain Hope taking this opportunity to bend new sails to enable him to get his shipalongside again, the action ceased, till the Pomone getting up at half-past eleven at night, and firing a few shots, the enemy hailed to say she had already surrendered.
The ship, on being taken possession of, proved to be the President as above stated, commanded by Commodore Decatur.
The vessel in company with her was the Macedonian brig, a merchant ship laden with provisions, which made her escape by very superior sailing.
And now, Sir, a very pleasing part of my duty is, the bearing testimony to the able and masterly manner in which the Endymion was conducted, and the gallantry with which she was fought; and when the effect produced by her well-directed fire upon the President is witnessed, it cannot be doubted but that Captain Hope would have succeeded either in capturing or sinking her, had none of the squadron been in sight.
For your further information, 1 have the honour to enclose Captain Hope's letter, with a return of killed and wounded on board the Endymion. I have not yet been able to ascertain the loss of the President, but 1 believe it to be much greater than the Endymion's; and she had six feet water in the hold when taken possession wf. Both ships were very much cut in masts and rigging, and had the present most severe gale commenced twelve hours sooner, the prize would undoubtedly have sunk. As soon as the weather will permit a communication, 1 shall procure further particulars, and then send the Endymion and Pomone, with the prize and prisoners, to Bermuda.
I have the honour, &c.
John Hayes, Captain. Rear Admiral the Hun. Sir H. Holham.
P. S. The ships having parted company in the gale, no further particulars have been obtained.
Number of persons of all descriptions on board the President previous to the action, about 490.
Number and Calibre of her Guns, —Main Deck, 30 long twentyfour pounders.—Quarter Deck, 14 forty-two pounder carronades. 1 long twenty-four pounder, 1 twenty-four pounder howitzer.— Forecastle, 6 forty-two pounder carronades, 1 long twenty-four pounder.—Foretop, 2 brass six pounders.—Maintop, 2 brass six pounders.—Mizentop, 2 smaller guns.—Total, 59.
His Majesty's Ship Endymion, at Sea, Jan. 15.
Sir,—1 enclose a return of the killed and wounded, and I have great pleasure in bearing testimony of the very great assistance I received from the senior Lieutenant, Morgan, during the whole day's proceedings; together with the cool and determined bravery of my officers and ship's company, on this fortunate occasion. Where every individual has so conspicuously done his duty, it would be injustice for me to particularize; but I trust the loss and damage sustained by the enemy's frigate, will shew the steady and well directed fire kept up by his Majesty's ship under my command.
Although our loss has been severe, I am happy to state, that it is trifling when compared with that of the enemy.
I have the honour to be, &c.
(Signed) H. Hope.
To John Hayes, Esq. Captain of his Majesty's ship Majestie, and senior officer off New York.
Thursday, March 9.
Downing-street, March 8, 1815.
Dispatches, of which the following are copies, have been this day received by Earl Bathurst, one of his Majesty's principal Secretaries of State, from Major GeneralSir John Lambert, K.C.B. commanding on the coast of Louisiana.
Camp, in front of the Enemy's
Lines, below New Orleans,
Jan. 10, 1815.
My Lord,—It becomes my duty to lay before your Lordship the proceedings of the force lately employed on the coast of Louisiana, under the command of Major-General the Honourable Sir E. M. Pakenham, K. B. and acting in concert with Vice-Admiral the Honourable Sir A. Cochrane, K.B.
The report which I enclose from Major-General Keane, will put your Lordship in possession of the occurrences which took place, until the arrival of Major-General the Honourable Sir K. Pakenham to assume the command; from that period I send an extract of the journal of Major Forrest, Assistant-Quarter Master-General, up to the time of the joining of the troops (which sailed on the 26th of October last under my command), and which was on the 6th of January) and from that period, I shall detail, as well as I am able, the subsequent events.
I found the army in position, in a flat country, with the Mis
sissippi on its left, and a tnick extensive wood on its right; and open to its front, from which the enemy's line was quite distinguishable.
It seems Sir E. Pakenham had waited for the arrival of the fusiliers and 43A regiment, in order to make a general attack upon the enemy's line; and on the 8th, the army was formed for that object.
In order to give your Lordship as clear a view as I can, I shall state the position of the enemy. On the left bank of the river it was simply a straight line of about a front of one thousand yards with a parapet, the right resting on the river, and the left on a wood which had been made impracticable for any body of troops to pass. This line was strengthened by flank works, and had a canal of about four feet deep generally, but not altogether of an equal width; it was supposed to narrow toward?, their left; about eight heavy guns were in position on this line. The Mississippi is here about eight hundred yards across, and they had on the right bank a heavy battery of twelve guns, which enfiladed the whole front of the position on the left bank.
Preparations were made on our side, by very considerable labour, to clear out and widen a canal that communicated with a stream, by which the boats had passed up to the place of disembarkation, to open it into the Mississippi, by which means troops could be got over to the right bank, and the co-operation of armed boats could be secured.
The disposition for the attack was as follows: a corps, consisting of the 85th light infantry, two hundred seamen, and four hundred