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1814-15. By the Author of the “Subal- tages he had secured had been followed up, I been so disastrous, that even now my mind 870

tern.” 3d edition, corrected and revised. after his lamented fall and irreparable loss to shudders at the recollection of that moment,

12mo. pp. 387. London, 1828. J. Murray. the army, General Jackson must have been when, seeing our troops on the right bank fall A REVIEW of this volume, so justly a favourite, compelled to abandon his position, and to re- back in disorder, while the enemy was rapidly not only with the army, but with the general sign to us the possession of New Orleans. advancing towards the city, all of us, who public, in the last Number of the Quarterly Before, however, the irrefragable proofs were at Jackson's lines, were suddenly hurried Review, has reminded us of a duty which we alluded to are produced, it is necessary to from the transporting joy of victory to the fear owed to its very popular author. But after it bear in mind, that, according to the plan of of shortly seeing all its advantages wrested has run the gauntlet of the whole class of mili. attack for the 8th of January, a corps was to from our grasp." tary readers, and been so fully discussed by cross over to the right bank of the Mississippi, After the unanswerable testimony contained Reviewers in periodicals of every kind, we so as to reach and carry the enemy's works in the two preceding documents, it may be con. could hardly venture to produce any thing new there a little before day-break, that being the sidered unnecessary, perhaps, to add the followon its subject, were we not enabled to present period fixed on for the assault of the American ing extract from the Life of General Jackson, a statement, which we flatter ourselves will lines on the left bank of the river, which were by his aide-de-camp, Major Reid.

excite a deep interest, especially among the ordered to be attacked in three columns, sup- “ The heartfelt joy at the glorious victory the profession to whose exploits it relates, and ported by a strong reserve.

achiered on our side of the river was clouded give a more perfect and accurate view of the And it is likewise proper to call the reader's by the disaster witnessed on the other. A

principal event that occurred during the war, attention to the fact, that the heavy loss sus position was gained that secured to the enemy ed

than has bitherto met the public eye, either on tained by us in the latter attack was, as stated advantages the most important, and whence this or on the other side of the Atlantic. by the author, mainly attributable to the mis- they might annoy our whole line on the left Few who have treated on military events conduct and disobedience of the officer com- bank. But for the precaution of Commodore have succeeded in throwing so great a degree manding the battalion, whose duty it was to Paterson, in spiking his guns and destroying of interest on what they relate, as the author carry the fascines, &c.

his ammunition, it would have been in the has offected in his account of the American In redeeming the pledge we have just power of Colonel Thornton to have completely campaigns ; but it is greatly to be lamented, given, we now submit to the reader the fol. enfiladed, and rendered it altogether unten that he did not, in a work' obtaining so ex- lowing decisive extract from General Jackson's able.

The tensive a circulation, enter more fully into all despatch:

opportunity thus afforded of regaining a posithe circumstances influencing the unhappy ter- " Simultaneously with his advance upon my tion, on which, in a great measure, depended mination of the New Orleans expedition; as, lines, he had thrown over in his boats a con- the safety of those on the opposite shore, was if such had been the case, he could not have siderable force to the other side of the river. accepted of with an avidity its importance failed to have led every soldier to the convic- These, having landed, were hardy enough to merited.tim, that Sir Edward Pakenham, under the advance against the works of General Morgan; Thus have we irresistibly demonstrated, on peculiar and unprecedented combination of dif- and, what is strange and difficult to account the overwhelming evidence of our enemies, Biculties incident to the position in which he for, at the very moment when their

entire that Sir Edward Pakenham fell, not, as has found the troops on his assuming the com- discomfiture was looked for with a confidence been usually supposed, after an utter and dismand, had yet completely succeeded, notwith- approaching to certainty, the Kentucky re- astrous defeat, but at the very moment when standing the heavy loss sustained on the left inforcements, in whom so much reliance had the arms of victory were extended towards bank of the Mississippi, in rendering the posi- been placed, ingloriously fled, drawing after him. And that if, on grounds upon which tion of the enemy utterly untenable ; and had them, by their example, the remainder of the our present limits do not permit us to enter, it thereby laid the basis of the fullest, the most forces ; and thus yielding to the enemy that were deemed advisable, after the death of the inevitable, and most immediate success. To most formidable position. The batteries, which lamented commander of the forces, to relin. prore all which strong, and, perhaps to some, bad rendered me for so many days the most quish our “ most fortunate and commanding unexpected assertions, we will adduce the in- important service, though bravely defended, attitude, inot the remotest blame can, by contestable evidence of General Jackson bim- were, of course, now abandoned, not, how- possibility, on that account, attach to his 'me.

self, in his public despatch ; and of the ever, until the guns were spiked. This unfor-mory. 없 American chief engineer, in his

official ac- tunate

rout had totally changed the aspect of But to enable the military reader to judge count published of the operations.

affairs. The enemy now occupied a position more fairly on the subject, we would only Intírnately acquainted, as we are, with the from which they might annoy us without hasard, add, that, at the moment of this abandontruly extraordinary concatenation of untoward and by means of which they might have been ment of our vantage ground, we had an, events which occurred to render unavailing able to defeat, in a great measure, the effects of effective force of 6,400 men (besides the 40th the judicious plan of attack and operation of our success on this side the river.

• regiment, which was then hourly expected); limits do not permit us to enter into those I immediately regained possession of the posi- tured on the right bank, had been turned ting of January, we deeply regret that

our I need not tell you with

how much eagerness and eight heavy guns, opt of the sixteen capdetails in our possession, which are calculated tion he had thus happily quitted.

upon the reverse, and in enfilade of the enemy's 80 fully to explain and to make apparent all

General Jackson's above frank and ample lines ; . while our armed boats, then floating in the circumstances which led to the unfortu- admissions are fully supported by the

American the Mississippi (the entire

command of which nate result of the expedition, and thereby to chief engineer, who says render such ample justice to the memory, of

river, for an extent of five miles, we had just “ After having perused with pleasing sen. succeeded in acquiring), could have rendered ome of the most accomplished soldiers that sations the recital of the brilliant defence made us the most important co-operating aid towards

Before we withdrew from we had
Bat although our space does not admit of unspikedreight of the guns with the greatest case was the eight

of the gunos ha ben unspiked by us and other flere

preceding note it has been stated, that er doing that which our feelings would die spike generally tilew out on the first attempt), and there was no doubt of our succeeding with the whole. This tate , yet it is sufficient to enable us to place I spiking of the whole.. is no doubt but success would have attended the un- therefore, according to the above authority, the American

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tion spread from ship to ship, from deck to Orleans ; and as that calamitous action is a Having established the important facts with deck, from gun to gun, from man to man. A subject of discussion in this Number of our the assertion of which we set out, we must few straggling shot hissing through the air in Journal, we do not think we can better illus. now conclude, by once more recommending dicated the near approach of the fleets, and a trate these volumes than by adding a sailor's this work as instructive to the military, and as loud, long-drawn fire of heavy cannon suon view of it, which, though dressed in sea-lingo, highly interesting and amusing to the general, shewed the lee division breaking the dark con- and appearing in a work of this class, we have reader. And we cannot resist adding, that no cave line of the enemy. • Bravo! Colling- every reason to believe to be extremely correct writer of the present day approaches the author wood !' was in every heart, and there was but in its details. in his graphic and entertaining delineation of one common soul in the fleet. Many a valiant “. But now comes that infernal affair, New 2015 military events.

heart beat high with expectation, which was Orleans, Gunner: a more horrid business was doomed never to survive another day. Many never gone through by man or beast. May 'c

an eye gazed that moment on the instruments be you don't know Lake Borgne ? and yet it 9 The Night Watoh; or Tales of the Sea. 2 vols. of death, which in a few short hours were to is no lake, for it opens out into the Gulf of typy 12mo. London, 1828. H, Colburn.

close it for ever. The ships passed on to their Mexico. It is a very shoal navigation, so that a peu As pieces of invention, done up with the skill stations, the battle became general, loud peals we had often seventy miles to go in open boats, '. of book-making, we can perhaps say little in of cannon roared thoughout the line, fire loaded with sogers; and buckled and belted as they say praise of these Tales of the Sea ; but as lur- gleamed on the ocean, and the air was filled were with knapsacks, there was no nishing many vigorous sketches of naval man with the thick fumes of sulphur. The very for it when the boats were upset or sunk, and to ners and feelings, we have had considerable masts shook in their sockets, the sails trem. many a poor trooper lies at the bottom pleasure in perusing them. They purport to bled, and the affrighted wind breathed low. The shores are low, swampy, and covered with a give the life of an officer ; and, as every thing The stately ships whieh so lately sailed gaily reeds; and for the climate, I never thought in must have a beginning, they set out with his forth, now presented the mangled appearance there was such a place under heaven ;-a place birth, we mean his being born, and not his of wreck, giving evidence of the deadly strife where you have summer and winter in twenty. birth after he is borne on the ship's books,-go that was at work, till ship grappled with ship, four hours. In the daytime we were scorched: through his education, describe his friends in and man with man. The day advanced, crash in the night we were frozen. Who would the country, and at a fit age send him to sea. succeeding crash of the falling masts, till have thought of ice about the boats' bows ir As these particulars, however, are neither so amidst the groans of the dying, and the loud a place so near the West Indies, Gunner inden novel to us nor so characteristic as the parts huzzas of the victors, the great struggle was 'The black regiments had no more notion o which relate to the adventures in naval service, decided in favour of England, and, her Aag Jack frost than • bite 'im no see 'im.' They we shall go at once to where the stories of the waved triumphant over the deep : - but her died like rotten sheep. Many a weary pul, captain, master, boatswain, doctor, and a pri- hero had fallen. Nelson, the father of his and sail I've had up and down that inferna soner of war, afford various entertainment to men, the patriot of his country, was no more. hole, which I wish I may never see again. I the reader. Our first extract paints a Dutch Peace be to his ashes, and honour to his name is fit for nothing but snakes, alligators, an traveller, who had seen London, and between the dark clouds which had been gathering Yankees_begging the Jonathans' pardons fo whom and an Englishman the following con- over the devoted spot during the bloody con- knotting thetn together ; but stinctions are versation takes place :

tention, now began to roll wild and porten- somehow or other, levelled in war-time, an "" You have been in London ' Ya!'re tously. The storm arose, and many a shat- specially when a man has been bitten, as plied Meinherr to this interrogatory assertion. tered and unmanageable hulk became the coffin have, by both; and, moreover, a little blin

And what do you think of St. Paul's?' • I do alike of the living and the dead, and numbers from being half-melted and frozen over an not moach see in it.' . Westminster Abbey, of the conquerors and the conquered were im- over again. Our first work was to clear th then ? • Sufficiently well.'. Did you see the mersed in the same watery grave. “That joy lake of a squad of gun-boats; and they wer Thames, the bridges, and the myriads of ves. of battle in the field of death,' produced by the accordinglye bevelled in a trice by the boats sels of all nations that are in the port of Lon- loud shouts of victory, still thrilled in the heart the fleet, though many a man went to Davy don?' I do tink dere is little water vary in of Morland, when he was called upon to en locker in the job. The Naffrans played thei de river.' • Did you see Covent Garden and dure more mournful scenes among the mangled part like men ; but it was all up with thei Drury Lane theatres, and the Opera-house, forms which met his view, as he descended when the boats got alongside ; and, slashini and the brilliant company assembled there ?' from the blood-stained decks to the cockpit, muskets, pistols, tomahawks, and pikes, at ou » Ya, but de stage is small vary.' 'Were you where amputations were still performing. The fellows, as they grappled up the side, they at any large parties at the west end of the hearty greeting of messmates was followed by last sought quarter in surrender. After thi town Oh, ya! hot vary, full vary, tired most painful feelings, at their first meal after business, we landed the troopers at the side vary.' And what do you think of the En- the battle. In the mess to which Morland be a creek, not far from the Mississippi. Dit glish women ?" • Not moach. Oh, ho! I wish longed, there were three vacant places : where you ever see the Indians of this country, Wad my wife was here !'”

was poor Harry ? whose cheerful mirth had They are a kind of copper-coloured vagabond: There is a brief but spirited sketch of the been wont to set the table in a roar.' Where with skins as hard as tanned leather ; rigge glorious battle of Trafalgar.

was Frank ? and but the inquiring out in furs, feathers, and blankets, and be “ Daylight of the 21st of October, 1805, dis- tongue was stopped by that solemn and heart- dizened with whatever they could find to shin played the signal for the enemy's fleet. Let appealing silence, which but too well told the But as to their women, Wad, though the that day never be forgotten ! The almost mournful tale. The young heroes were have sparkling black eyes, I would not havi calmness that prevailed in the morning, and shrouded in the flag of their country; and tonched one of them with a pair of tong harbingered the battle, seemed but to render when, with the rest of the fallen brave, their the nasty, dirty, drable-tailed, swashy-lookir the deadly strife more conspicuous. As the bodies were committed to the deep, many a squaws! I never was so out of conceit of British fleet was wafted by gentle winds to- tear was observed to trickle down the sun- petticoat, though their covering scarcely d wards their powerful enemy, the preparations burnt furrows of the sailors' cheeks, as the serves that name. They travel together s for battle evinced every man to be in earnest. blåe waves broke over the remains of their tribes, and would sleep in swamps. It was The cabin bulkheads on each deck were cleared departed shipmates."

hunting-party that came to us. They a away, and displayed long, level, unbroken bat. There are some portions of these volumes dead shots with the bow and arrow, 'and can teries, tended by their gallant and rejoicing which are addressed to matters hardly worth scalping-knives by their sides; but for the crews. Fire-buckets, match-tubs, shot-racks, a record ; – a newspaper kept by the young- hearts, I know not what they are made of, powder-boxes, and wads, were arranged in their sters on board a man of war, and an attempt they jumped at the tick of a watch, proper places ; arm.chests lay open, and pikes, at point in mingling their dialogries, in acting officers made one of their kings drunk; and I, pistols, and cutlasses, gleamed in every direc- a play, with the proceedings on deck when giving howled, yelled, and roared like a' mad bu tion. The tompions were taken out of the orders, &c. are examples of this. The best which he said was the war-cry. But I mu muzzles, and there was a loud creaking of the quality in the Tales of the Watch perhaps is, go on with the dismals I have to tell yo gun-carriages, as the officers examined that that they evidently do not belong to the Gunner. Our sogers had scarcely taken up every thing was in fighting order. All was world of fiction. The Master's changeable birth on the banks of the river, filed their arı now ready; the fleets were closing. There career is

, no doubt, a true history; and the in the darkening, and began to yaffe sor Pas a dead silence till the signal of the great! Boatswain's might be sworn to by any person grub, when softly comes a brace of Yank

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vessels slinking down with the stream, and messmate, my shipmate for years past, Tom, A General Vier of the Present State of Lu. brought-up abreast of the candp, letting Ay a who never shrank from his duty, Tom, who natics, and Lunatic Asylums, in Great Bri. broadside at the same time among the sogers at halved his last dollar with me, -Tom lies at tain and Ireland, and in some other Kings supper, wbile Jackson and his men came upon the bottom of the lake! He was shot in seven doms. By Sir Andrew Halliday, M. D. them from the land-side. They dropped their places, in the advance to storm the fort, and and K.H., &c. 8vo. pp. 101. London, 1828. grub, and handled their muskets, shewed their his right leg was terribly mangled by grape. T. and G. Underwood. steel, and gave the Jonathans such a rally, that shot. We had four wounded men besides him. It is and has been our constant wish to mix back they went with a shower of Salamanca self in the stern-sheets of our boat, and had up inquiries into subjects of utility and importpills after them, to make another reckoning got into the broad part of the lake, on our way ance to our fellow-creatures with the more di. Over-night a battery was thrown up abreast towards the fleet by nightfall ; but none of the versified themes of polite literature and amuseof the vessels, and at daybreak our artillerymen small craft stationed to receive the boats were ment: thus we recently called public attention shewed how well they could bore holes at water- in sight, as the weather was thick and misty. I to the abominable nuisance which, under the mark, and the craft went no more back to Presently the fog was blown away by a strong name of pure water, supplies liquid filth to the the city. Another squad of men arrived, and breeze, which, before the first watch was over, inhabitants of London; and we now take up a another general, who took the command. freshened into a gale right in our teeth, ac- question of no less humane concernment, and one Greater preparations were made ; but as we companied by drifting rain. Soon we were wet upon which, in like manner, the wisdom of lost time, the Yankees gained strength. But and weary, and began to lag at onr oars ; not parliament is at this period employed. you are no soger, Gunner,--stand facing me freshened, you may be sure, Wad, by the There are indeed few subjects of a deeper and with your arms stretched out. The broad groaning of the poor wounded fellows near more affecting interest than insanity; and all river is running like a sluice past the end of us, lying flat on their backs, and covered over inquiries and labours, the tendency of which is your right hand towards mine, as I am hold with a drenched sail. We were at last com- either to diminish its frequency or to suggest ing it out; on the other side of the river is a pelled to pull towards the swampy shores for the best means of alleviating its horrors, are battery, pointing towards your nose, which smooth water, and there let go our grapnel. entitled to the most serious consideration of the nose is the centre of the Yankee lines. Your None of us were in a humour for talk; and country. left hand is a swampy wood, thicker and more as the boat jerked in the short seas, throwing In his Introduction, Sir Andrew Halliday sangled than a jungle, and not less fordable the spray over her bows, we sat silent, cold, says that it is now incontrovertibly established, than the river, with a battery at the edge, cramped, and wet, watching for daylight. i that madness proceeds in all cases from some from which a canal runs athwart to the river. never went through such a night in all my real tangible bodily complaint ; that it can be Behind this canal is a strong earthen fence, born days, Gunner. I sat aft, close by Tom treated according to the known rules of prac. stuffed, as they said, with cotton bags, behind Smith; he did not speak. We heard nothing tice ; made amenable to the ordinary discipline which lay the Nathans. My arms are the but the sweep and rustle of the waves, and the of the apothecary's shop; and often more easily English lines ; they are not so long or strong plash, plash, plash, of the big drops of rain removed than less important diseases that have as yours, and we are just out of shot of each that now fell on and about us. The middle effected a temporary lodgement in the human other. Near my right hand are some bat- watch came ; Smith groaned heavily. Give frame. He observes, that the remote causes of teries we threw up with casks of sugar, which me your hand,' said he, and he raised himself insanity may be as numerous and complicated we got at readier than sand, though they are on his wounded arm; ' Tom,' said he again, as the passions of the soul, or the injuries or no great shakes in rainy weather. A 'goodbe kind to my poor mother ; give her my maladies of the body are known to be undefined way behind my left hand is a canal we cut pay and my watch-here, here, here--bid. and countless ; but that the proximate cause, from the creek to the river, for the boats to go bidbid.God bless her! He then sank on or, in fact, the disease itself, will always be through. Well, Gunner, behold us, the night the plank, and his cold and wet hand fell away found to arise from a deranged or diseased before the battle

, in front of each other : the from mine. Daylight came ; the boat shipped state of the structure of the brain ; and that, Jonathans' bands playing Yankee Doodle ; and so much water that one man was kept con- whether it proceed from deranged organs or purs, God save the King! Well, I say, follow stantly baling. Tom Smith was dead. The diseased structure, the mind, quà mind, is me to mud-larking, and rousing the boats young officer, noble fellow as he was, looked neither injured nor impaired; but, not having through the slush into the river all night at him. “Poor soul !' said he, he's gone! the means of making itself known, or of giving long. Now jump aboard the boats at daylight, we must bury him,--prepare a few double- its ideas form and utterance, except through with a party of sogers and marines, land them headed shots.' Stand up, men--pull off your the medium of instruments no longer fit for on the other side, pull up along-shore-see the hats ;' and, as the rain and wind whistled wild the purpose—we discover, in proportion to the battery taken by storm-c-look at a rocket flying about our heads in this dark and dreary morn- degree of that unfitness, more or less of the in the air -- then mark the flashes glimmering ing, he said, " Commit his body to the deep; phenomena which constitute madness. along the line now hear the rolling sounds of God be merciful to his soul !' 'Oh, Gunner! The body of the work may be considered as the musketry and rumbling of the cannon ; lay on your cars, Wad - strain your eyes

had you seen the look of agony of the poor being divided into two parts. The first part

límbless souls that lay next to him, when the contains a brief but interesting history of what think the sogers have gained the Yankee lines, corpse was plunged into the water, you would has been done for the benefit of the insane in and you will think as I did. Look, now, at à never have forgotten it! Will you believe it, such countries as, during the devotion of five. small despatch-boat slashing towards us;' hear Wad ? some of their wounds fairly putrefied and twenty years to the subject, Sir Andrew the officer say, ' Embark the troops ! and you before we got them to the fleet; and many and has had an opportunity of visiting himself, or will measure the length of our mugs. Back many a brave fellow died on the way, and was from which he has received official and 'au.

e came, save those who were killed in taking thrown overboard. My heart bled to see the thentic information ; and the second part the battery. It was all up: the troops with poor legless men lying bleeding in the stern- briefly points out what in his opinion remains drew to their lines, ent up at a precious rate. sheets of the boats, and the rain pelting upon to be done, and particularly in England, for They advanced like beroes to the ditch, few them; and then for the broiling sun's rays and the safe custody, humane treatment, and proper got farther, and many were left there. The the bitter freezing nights. Men are men,

all care, of all such 'helpless sufferers. Natbans, snug behind their fence, worked the world over, Gunner, and have their turns The details in the early part of the volume eyelet-holes in them at every crack, till they of good and bad luck ; but those who know are curious ; but we can give only a very fall back. Oh, they say it was a gallant sight nothing but victory, know nothing of war, few of the principal facts

. In this country to view the brave generals, who saw the day Wad. I never wore a pea-jacket till I had the first act of parliament that was passed meng going wrong, gallop in front with their been thoroughly soaked, and was often shoving on the subject was in 1774; and although hats off, rallying their men ; but it was sor- in my car where there was no rullock, till time the inadequacy of it has long been ascer. rowful to see them fall, without being able to and experience just prevented my Auster, and tained, it is still the only law by which madSend a shot through the fence among

their told me what I could do. England has nothing houses are licensed and regulated in England destroyers. It was the fortune of war, Wad ; to fear from the Yankees, nor all the nations and Wales. In 1807 another act was passed, bear the worst of all was to come -- to get the of the earth put together, in the way of fight, authorising the magistrates of the several coun: poor mangled souls back to the ships, down that's certain ; she has stood it out against ties to erect asylums for their insané poor. thuse infernal creeks, and in such weather. them all, and will

stand it out again.”' But, hark ye, Wad! (the boatswain here

Twenty years have since elapsed, and yet only
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