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FROM THE LONDON GAZETTE. Admit ally Office, July 13, 1813 Copy ofa Letter Majesty's ship the Invincible, addressed to Rear-Admiral Hollowell, and transmitted by the latter to John Wilson Croker, Esq. His Majesty's ship, Invincible, off the Coll da Balaguer, June 3, 1813. It) pursuance oi your directions to lake the shipg and vesds, named in the mar- (viz. and ei--lit boats,) under my orders, and co-operate with Lieutenant-Colonel Prevost, in the AIE^E of the Foil of the Coli de Bala- goer, 1 have the honour to inform you, that the Iroops were landed about noon of the 3d instant, ai,.d Lieutenant-Colonel iiniiie- dialely invested the Fort, the rilfemen of De Roll's regiment, and other LIGHT troops, being iii) close to The fort is situated in a most difficult pass, through which the road from Tortosa to Tarragona winds, aiiii it, is ab so, ILitely the key of the only road for cannon into this pro- vince, from the westward, without going round by Lerida. It is armed with 20 pieces of ordnance, including two ten inch mortars, and two howitzers, and the surrounding heights are so difficult of access, that it has been a work of the greatest labour to estab- lish the necessary batteries before it. Two six poimder field pieces and a howit- zer were landed on the evening of the 3d inst. ■dragged «L» AND placet! on the ridge of a steep and rugged mountain, to the S. E. of the fort two 12 pounders were added to liie former 'by noon of the uexl day, The whole remain- cd under the command of Lieut. Corbyn First of the Invincible, having uuder his orders a detachment of midshipmen and seamen of this ship, and A most excellent tire WAS kept up from them, which considerably DAMAGED the defences of the fort, and checked its tire upon our workillg parties. In the wean lime, three Spanish twenty- four pounders were landed. d TWO snore guns of tfie satile- caiit)re, from this ship, to be got. up by the high road to th? foot or a very sleep height, on the crest of which the breach- battery was to be constructed at about I three hundred yards from the eastern face of the fort. In the afternoon of the 4IH instant, ihe fort was summoned 10 surrender; aud lile Com inandaut answered, that he should defend the I place committed' to his charge. During Ihe night ol Ihe 4th,every exertion WAS used to bring the guns up to the hill, and ¡ to complete the breaching battery but as it could not be completed by day light, the men were withdrawn. The. seamen and rnai tnes were landed early in the afternoon of Lie 5th ¡ and carried up the stores for the oil- (ler a bi- Isk, tire of shot and shells from-the fort. The three Spanish 24-pounders. notwith- standing their lininellse size and weight, were conveyed up the side of the hill, over Hie most difficult and rugged ground, by the united ex. ertions of the soldiers, seamen and marines, undei the immediate direction of Capiain Car. roi of the Volcano. Two eight-inch mortars were brought as far ailIng the road as was practicable before dark;and the iron 24 pounders were conveyed to the foot of the lull as soon as it was dark. The work at the battery advanced rajiidly, although it was necessary to till all the salld bags at the bottom oftne hill; and I was in confideut expectation I hat, he battery would open soon after daylight; hut by ten o'clock the rain fell,in torrems, attended by the most violent thunder and lightning I almost evcr witnessed The quantify of ammunition which had been brought up lor the battery, lying in ex- posed situations, made it the more awful, and the enemy kept up an incessant fire of shells and grape shot. In defiance ofall these obstacles, two of the guns were got high enough up to mount ou theptatforfns. hut all our exeri ion was unable to keep them there, owing to the violence of the rain, and the excessive difficulty of work- ing ia the extreme darkness of the night.— From the same reason too, the mortars could lIot he brought forward, and after a nigll of the flhost excessive labour, we had the morti ficatton of being again obliged to retire, tne officers and men being quite worn out. t The weather continued very bad until the afternoon of the 6th instant, when a party wa* landed, and the mortars were got forward before day-light the seamen and mariuea were on the pile, and all the guns were placed on ihe battery rt-ady for moutilmg The TWO mortars opened soon after day-li^HL, and the shells were thrown with great precision by Lieii'enant Junes, of the Royal Marine Ar- tillery .landed from the Strombolo, who worked the mortars with his partv; and the fire from Lteul. Corbyn's battery was resum- ed with excellent effect. This united force licilt etf,-ct. made verv ct)iisiderilil,- iii),)ii the tort: an expense magazine WAS blown UP, and the enemy's fire was very much slack- ened. At seven o'clock, jus! before the breach- ing battery was ready to open, a white ting WAS shown from tite for!; Caplam Stoddart, of the Strombolo, and Captain Zehnpfenntng, were immediately sent to the fort; and the latter returned in a few minutes, will* MI offer from the Commandant-, to surrender the fort and garrison upon conditions of marching out with the honours «if war, T, V'F? ers and men preserving their private TO This was IMMEDIATELY .U I to by Lieut. Col. Prevost and myself; tne lott was taken possession of by She advanct of the troops.— The garrison marched out, grounded (heir arms on the glacis, and were immediately em- barked. I have great satisfaction in slating, that du- ring this service, which has so much depend- ed on Ihe united exertions of the ARM) and navy, the most perfect cordiality has existed among all ranks, AND I have met, in Lieute- nant-Colonel Prevosl, all that openness of communication and confidence which AN ac- quaintance with the character of this excel- lent-officer gave MS reason to expect. In an operation where Iile laborious exer- tions of Ihe Captains, Officers, seamen, and marines, under my orders, have been must conspicuous, I hope I shall be excused lor having gone so much into detail; but it IS my duty, and a must agreeable one, to bring fit. cler your view the praiseworthy conduct of NIL rauks and descriptions. I must particularly draw your attention io the zeal and activity displayed by that valuable officer, Captaiu Carrol, of the Volcano, his conduct was the admiration of every body, and he was ably supported by Lieutenant Pidgiey, of the In- vincible, and Ihe other officers seamen and marines, under bis direction. From the ex- plosion of a shell near hill the night, before Captain Carrol was obliged to suspend his services until the morning of the 7UI, but I am happy to state, be has perfectly recover- ed, and Captaiu Stoddart, of the Strombolo, succeeded him in the direction of getting up the guns, &c. for the breaching halkry, and deserves every credit for his services." i am also much obliged to Captaiu Badcock, of the lirune, for the assistance he afforded me. t cannot conclude this letter, without call- ing to your notice the indefatigable exertions ot Lieutenant Corbyn, both M getting the guns up to the battery he commanded, and the excellent fiie he kept ilietii afterwards; and I feel highly gratified in noticing the con- duct of so oldand excellent all officer, with whose value 1 am well acquainted troma. ser. vice of many years together. I have the honour to enclose a list of the killed and wounded of the crews of lhe slup. under my orders, which, considering the rire upm us for so many hours, is unaccountably smaH. The troops under Colonel Prevost's cotn- MAUD have had an Otlker and fuur meu kil- led, and thirty-nine wounded, ill which arer included an Officer and seven soldiers of the Spanish regiment of i'ahrta. I have enclosed you a Its! of the garrison of the fori, consisting of two lieutenants, A-sur- geon, and garde-ioagazin, 16 Italian artillery- men, and 38 iion-cosonsissioned Officers, and gojdiers of Ibe 11th French Regiment of the Lille, of whom two were killed and 11 wound- ed. 1, likewise, enclose returns ofthe ordnance, &c. found in the fort. •» During liie siege of the fort the gun boats were stationed in Ampulla Bay, to observe the road from I'ortosa, as we had constant re- ports of tile enemy being in motion from that quarter. 1 have the honour to be &c. CHAS. ADAM, Captasa. To Rear-Admiral ILillowell, &c. Return of killed and Woumlesl, belonging to his Majesty's Ships & Vessels under the orders of Capt. A iam, OF his Majesty's Sh p Invincible HI. the attack of the Fort ST Philippe, io the Coll de Baiaguer, between the 3d and 7 th June, ISIS. Invincible.—Wounded, T. Bouchier, private of Royal Marines, severely; Wm. Somerville, landman, severely. Tnames.—Wounded, W. Hunt, and W. Price, privates of royal marines, severely. Vofcalo.-Kille(j, J gunner of Royal Marine -Ir,,illery.-Wotui,,Ie(j, J. Huoter and J. Fairhead, ordinary seamen, severely. Strombob.-N olle killed or wounded. Brune-N vile killed or wounded. (Signed) CHARLES ADAM, Capt. Return of the French Prisoners taken at Fort St. Philippe, June-7. Camp, nens- Fort, St. Philippe, June S, 1813 11th French Regiment Infantry of the line, 2 Lieutenants 2 Statf, 3 Serjeants, I drummer 77 rank and tile. French A rri!!ny -1 serjeant, 15 rank and file. Total. -2 Lieu lenallls, Statf, 4 serjeant, 1 (irum. mer, 92 rank and tile. Thirteen of the above rank and file were wouad. ed, and two SINCE ileatl. (Signed) C. KNONENFELDS, Maj. of Brig. rhere follow s a Return of the cann ann am- munition taken in the Casite, which CONSISTED chiefly of 12 mounted brass cannon 6 dismounted iron guns, 2,00l;l.i. ol gunpowder, auii 92}QQQ rounds of ball cartridge. 1