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· IN DETAIL, OF ALL THE
· FOUGHT BY SEA AND LAND,
BETWEEN THE .
NAVY AND ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES,
NAVY AND ARMY OF GREAT BRITAIN,
During the Years 1812, 13, 14, G 55.
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF Niw-YORK, ss.
BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the twentyoninth day of April, in the forty-first year of the Independence of the United States of America, H. A. Fay, of the said District, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author and proprietor, in the words and figures following, to wit: “ Collection of the official accounts, in detail, of all the “ battles fought, by sea and land, between the navy and army of the United “ States, and the navy and army of Great Britain, during the years 1812, 13, “ 14, and 15. By H. A. Fay, late Capt. in the corps of U.S. Artillerists.”_ In conformity to the Act of Congress of the United States, entitled “ An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned." And also to an act, entitled “ an Act, supplementary to an Act, entitled an Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."
WHETHER the reader approved, or disapproved of the causes, conduct, and issue of the late war, is not so material at present—as it is, that he should have it in his power, for a very moderate sum, to preserve, for his own and his children's use, the very skeleton aud soul of the history of the war, by this record of the most extraordinary actions ever fought; nor is it conceived, that any man, with American feelings, can object to a collection of this kind.
It was no part of my object to write a history: this should not be attempted but by a MARSHAL, CLINTON, RAMSAY, or other eminent writer, who could, without prejudice or partiality, state the whole grounds of the war-the manner in which it was conducted the events which happened between the actions herein recorded, with the political and other effects which the war itself produced on the people of the United States.
This, therefore, is only a collection of the 6 Official Accounts, in detail, of all the battles fought, by sea and land," during the late war, as given by the officer who commanded in each action, or, in case of his death,) by the next in command.
Nor did I think proper to add a single comment of my own-choosing rather to leave the reader to make his own remarks, and form his own opinion, from a simple statement of facts, as given to the people by those whose duty and whose honor were deeply concerned in giving correct statements; nor is it proper (as some have done) to alter the style of these communications, not even in a single word; because, from the composition itself, much may be seen of the character of the writers.