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cver better commanded, and it would
have been difficult indeed to have match-
ed the men with any equal number. The
guard of the camp upon the high grounds,
was committed to the Brig.-Gen” Ha-
milton and Speight; that of the redoubts
and the plain near the river to Brig. Goll.
The force of the enemy immediately in
the front of the lints, was so much supe-
rior, that it was nct thought safe to aug-
ment the detachment beyond the number
we have stated.
The troops were formed within three
quarters of a mile of the enemy's left,
and the irregulars were pushed on thro'
by-ways to appear as a check on their
rear. But the further intended opera-
tions of the detachment were prevented,
by a very sudden and most rapid attack
of the enemy upon the British grenadiers,
who were posted to support the left wing
of the line. Maj. Ackland, at the head
of the grenadiers, sustained this fierce
attack with great resolution ; but the
numbers of the enemy enabling them, in
a few minutes, to extend the attack a-
long the whole front of the Germans,
who were posted immediately on the
right of the grenadiers, it became im-
practicable to move any part of that bo-
dy, for the purpose of forming a second
line to support the flank, where the great
weight of the fire still fell.
The right was still unengaged; but it
was soon perceived, that the enemy were
marching a strong body round their flank,
in order to cut off their retreat. To op-
pose this bold and dangerous attempt,
the light infantry, with a part of the
24th regiment, which were joined with
them at that post, were thrown into a
second line, in order to cover the retreat
of the troops into camp.
Whilst this motion was yet in process,
the enemy pushed a fresh and strong re-
inforcement to decide the action on the
jeft; which being totally overpowered by
so great a superiority, was compelled by
dint of force to give way : upon which
the light infantry and 24th regiment were
obliged, by a very quick movement, to
endeavour to save that wing from being
totally ruined. It was in this movement,
that the brave Brig.-Gen. Fraser was mor-
tally wounded : An officer whose loss
would have been severely felt, and his
place with difficulty supplied, in a corps
of the most accomplished officers.
The situation of the detachment was
now exceedingly critical ; but the dan-

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