How Cock­burn and Ross dif­fered

The Dundalk Eagle - - OBITUARIES -

As Cock­burn rev­eled in the de­struc­tion (for which he would still be lauded by The Times of Lon­don in his obit­u­ary notice in 1853 when he died at age 82), Ross mean­while pro­tected pri­vate prop­erty as best he could. He’d watched with dis­may as Lt. Pratt’s men chopped up the fur­ni­ture and sprin­kled this in­stant “kin­dling” with buck­ets of rocket pow­der be­fore fir­ing the rock­ets di­rectly into piles heaped in the cen­ters of the pub­lic build­ings.

There were also sev­eral in­stances of his plac­ing sen­tries in front of pri­vate res­i­dences on the re­quest of their oc­cu­pants to en­sure that they weren’t burned. He had a sol­dier flogged for steal­ing a Yan­kee goose as well.. Md. on the Patux­ent River, thus throw­ing away the mil­i­tary value of the vic­tory he’d just won at Bladens­burg.

From the jaws of vic­tory, there­fore, was de­feat snatched, for the over­all cam­paign ob­jec­tive of de­stroy­ing Baltimore as the cen­ter of pri­va­teer con­struc­tion was then lost.

Ross ar­rived back at Bladens­burg at mid­night on Thurs­day, Aug. 25th, and left a re­ported 83 wounded men there un­der the com­mand of Bri­tish pris­oner-of-war Com­modor­eBar­ney (!)

At 1 a.m. on Fri­day, Aug. 26, there­fore, Gen. Ross was en route once more on the Bladens­burg-Up­per Marl­boro road. At 7 a.m., he halted for a five-hour rest for his men to once more es­cape the hot morn­ing sun.

Then the march re­sumed, and at dusk they were back in Up­per Marl­boro once again. The next morn­ing, the Bri­tish pushed on to­ward Bene­dict, and all that Satur­day kept ex­pect­ing an Amer­i­can coun­ter­at­tack that never came. On Aug. 30, Ross’ men were back aboard their troop trans­ports, and thus ended one of the most in­cred­i­ble 11-day pe­ri­ods in the his­tory of the United States!

Blaine Tay­lor was a mem­ber of the for­mer Napoleonic So­ci­ety of Amer­ica/NSA, as well as of the cur­rent In­ter­na­tional Napoleonic So­ci­ety, of which he was named a Fel­low for his med­i­cal ar­ti­cle on Baron Dr. Do­minique Larry, Sur­geon of the Im­pe­rial Guard of Napoleon I, Em­peror of the French (1769-1821.)

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