Letter from J.M. O'Connor to Harriet O'Connor, 30 May 1813
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The first letter is dated at Fort George, U.C., May 30, 1813. O’Connor describes the American attack on Fort George on May 25 and 27, writing "My dear Harriet,We arrived at Niagara on the 25th May and on the 27th we attacked and carried Fort George and the village of Newark, having killed, wounded and taken prisoners better than 400 British Regulars, exclusive of Militia. The killed were 140; the wounded 160; and the prisoners upwards of 100. Our loss was trifling, say say 50-60 killed and wounded. The Enemy have abandoned all the Niagara frontier which is now in our possession blown up their Magazines and retreated with nearly 1400 Regulars towards York. They blew up the Magazine of Fort George upon us, but it did not harm any of our men. From excellent management on our part the British effected their escape. The made a wretched defense. I am in good health and to-morrow morning I embark with Colonel Macomb and a party of Troops on board the fleet destined for - God knows where for I cannot divine. Adieu my dear Sister, and tell Eliza that her dutiful and affectionate conduct to you and herself gives me great happiness. Yours with affection J.M. O'Connor P.S. I have just learned that our destination is Sachett Harbor which is threatened by the Enemy. Miss Harriet E. O'Connor, 64 Pearl Street City of New York."