Letter from J.M. O'Connor to Harriet O'Connor, 3 June 1813
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The second letter is dated at Sacketts Harbour, 3 June 1813. O’Connor writes: "My dear Harriet, I arrived here in the Ship of War Madison on the 1 just from Fort George which place we took on the 27 nlt, with the loss of about 60 men killed and wounded having taken wounded and destroyed 400 British Regulars & many of the Militia. Part of our Army was to pursue the Enemy to York when I left Niagara ~ We were ordered here to defence of this place, but it had been attacked previous to our arrival. The British had 1300 Regulars & 50 Indians (Sir Geo(?) Provost's body guard.) They were repulsed by about 500 American Regulars & 200 irregulars. The British both here & at Niagara fought badly because their generals evinced the greatest ignorance & stupidity in their arrangements. The Troops personally fought bravely. Our men in both instances evinced a degree of intrepidity and gallantry that reflects credit on our Country. In fact the amazing valour of our Troops has been the salvation of our generals!! To the former we are indebted only. We are now very strong at this Post and I would to God that Sir George Prevost would again visit us. We expected to have met the British fleet but they did not chose to come out of Kingston altho! they saw us. To Eliza, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Hutchison, Mr. Kleine, Mr. & Mrs. Green(field?) & all others remember me. Yours affectionately, J.M. O'Connor. Miss Harriet E. O'Connor 64 Pearl Street New York"