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The British Raid on Essex
The Forgotten Battle of the War of 1812
Jerry Roberts

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

Prologue
• FORGOTTEN BATTLE
• Loser’s Day
• DECATUR’S WAR
• Blockade
• The Privateers of Pettipaug
• The Traitor
• THE RAID
• Going In
• The Landing
• IN THE HEART OF THE ENEMY’S COUNTRY
• Deal, Or No Deal?
• Conspiracy Theory
• The Burning
• Resistance
• Spilled Rum and the Forgotten
• Sword
• THE SHIPS
• Coote’s List of Burned Ships
• The Osage
• How Far?
• Mystery Ships
• GETTING OUT
• Captain Glover
• Parry Holds the Key
• Torpedo Jack
• Outward Bound
• Major Ely
• IN THE RIVER
• Mobilization
• “At Defiance”
• THE END GAME
• The Gauntlet
• AFTER THE BATTLE
• Postscripts
• The Traitor Unmasked
• Admiral Richard Coote?
• Stonington
• FIGHTING FOR THE LOST BATTLE
• Off the Radar
• Battle Site Essex
• THE PROBLEM WITH HISTORY
• Battlefield Archaeology
• Ballast Stone & Dropped Balls
• Battle Site Revisited
• Essex (Pettipaug)
• Old Lyme
• Saybrook
• APPENDIX ONE: PRIMARY DOCUMENTS
• FROM THE BRITISH ADMIRALTY DOCUMENTS
The Report of Captain Richard Coote to Captain Capel
• Major Ely’s Surrender Note to Coote
• Coote’s Report Continues
• Captain Capel to Captain Talbot, HMS Victorious
• Vice Admiral Cochrane to Croker
• Lieutenant Parry’s Transcription
AMERICAN FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS
Captain Jeremiah Glover
• Lieutenant Bull’s Account
• General William Williams’ Account
• A Gentleman from Lyme
• Selectmen of Saybrook to Governor Smith
AMERICAN NEWSPAPER ACCOUNTS
Connecticut Gazette
• Middlesex Gazette
• Connecticut Spectator
• New York Commercial Advertiser
• American Mercury
• Connecticut Spectator
APPENDIX TWO: ORDER OF BATTLE
• British Raid on Essex, April 7–8, 1814
• Acknowledgements
• Notes and Sources
• Introduction
• Chapter Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

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