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echallon of battalions from the left; the whole covered by the 1st battalion 95th regiment, and by the fire of our artillery
It fell to the lot of the 924 regiment to lead this attack, and they performed their part in the most exemplary manner, and were equal ly well supported by the 52d and 43d.
The enemy soon retired to an entrenchment which they had formed in front of a camp on the north side of Kioge, and they made a disposi. tion of their cavalry upon the sands to charge the 92d in flank, while they should attack this entrench. ment. This disposition obliged me to move colonel Reden's hussars from the right to the left flank, and to throw the 43d into a second line; and then the 93d carried the en. trenchment, and forced the enemy to retreat into the town in disorder. They were followed immediately, in the most gallant style, by colonel Reden and his hussars, and by the 1st battalion of the 95th regiment, and afterwards by the whole of the infantry of my corps. Upon cros sing the rivulet, we found general Linsengen's corps upon our right flank, and the whole joined in the pursuit of the enemy.
Major-general Ozhoken, the second in command, who had joined the army with four battalions last night from the southern island, at. tempted to stand in the village of Hersolge; but he was attacked briskly by the hussars, with detach ments of which were captain Bla. quire, and captain Cotton of the staff, and by a small detachment of the 1st of the 95th; and he was compelled to surrender with count Wedel Jarisburg, several other officers, and 400 men.
The loss of the enemy has been
very great, many have fallen, and there are nearly 60 officers and 1,100 men prisoners. In their flight they have thrown away their arms and clothing, and many stands of the former have fallen into our hands. I believe that we have taken ten pieces of cannon; but I have not yet received all the reports from the detachments employed in the pursuit of the enemy. I have not seen general Linsengen, as he is still out with his hussars; but I understand that the enemy had destroyed the bridges at Little Salbye, which was the cause of the delay of his operations upon their flank.
I cannot close this letter without expressing to your lordship my sense of the good conduct of the troops; all conducted themselves with the utmost steadiness. But I cannot avoid to mention particu larly the 92d regiment, under the command of lieutenant-colonel Napier; the 1st battalion 95th regiment, under the command of lieutenant-colonel Beckwith; the British artillery, under the command of captain Newhouse; the Hano verian hussars, under colonel Reden; and the Hanoverian light artillery, under captain Sympter; as corps that had particular opportu. nities of distinguishing themselves: I am also much obliged to general Linsengen, and to brigadier-general Stewart, for the assistance I recei ved from them in the formation and execution of the plan by which the enemy have been defeated. The officers of the staff have also rendered me much assistance; and I must particularly mention captain Blaquire and captain Campbell.
I have the honour to be, &c: (Signed) ARTHUR WELLESLEY. Lieut-gen. Lord Cathcart, K. T. &c. #Y√2 P. S. We
P. S. We have taken a large store of powder and other military stores in this town, which I propose to destroy, if I should not be able to pre. vail upon the captain of one of his majesty's ships to take charge of
[Thea follows a letter from lord Cathcart, enclosing major-geneal Linsengen's account of the engage. ment before Kioge, on the 29th ult.]
SIR, Ringstedt, Aug. 31. The right column, e nsisting of six squadrons of the 1st, 2d, and 3d fight dragoons, king's German begion, five companies of the 95th, half a battery of horse artillery, the 438 foot, and the 6th line bat. talion, king's German legion, broke up from Roskiold by five o'clock on the 29th instant, reached Arstead by eight o'clock, when two squadrous, that had been sent the night before from Roskiold to Arstead, did join the division. This detach ment, under the command of major Grote, 1st light dragoons, had been sent to Arstead for the purpose of getting information with regard to the enemy at and in the neighbour. hood of Ringstedt and Kioge. The major took two prisoners in the night; the one carrying dispatches directed to a Danish general, and detailing all our marches, and ascer. taining the strength of our corps. The major likewise took thirty waggons with provisions. The column again, after a short halt, moved to wards Laddger, on the road to Hig. bye: having reached the former place, some armed militia and small detachments were seen towards Eigbye.
As it was my intention to cross the rivulet that runs from Gungarg
to Kioge at Yderholm, or Littenge Gaard, I detached one squadron, one gun, and two companies of the 95th riflemen, to the right, to reconnoitre either passage, under the command of major Plossen, of the 1st light dragoons. The grounds between Eigbye and Dalbye being greatly covered with wood, intersccted by a large morass, and found impracticable for a column to pass, the passage at Yderholm was given ap, and that of Littenge Gaard chosen. The detachment under major Plessen went along the left bank of the rivulet by Spanager, to protect the right of the column, which moved on by Eigbye at about half past nine o'clock, A. M. The cavalry being arrived at the banks of the rivulet near Littenge Gaard, the planks over the bridge had been taken up, and nothing remained for the cavalry and part of the horse artillery, but to ford the rivulet, which they instantly did, and advanced along the right bank of it, halted to await the infantry and the rest of the horse artillery, who by this time had arrived in close column at the bridge. The pioneers of the 6th battalion of the line re. paired it so far, in twenty-five mi. nutes time, that the infantry were enabled to pass by single files (which retarded much the progress of the column), while the rest of the horse artillery passed through the ford. Till now the enemy did not in the least attempt to oppose it. After having passed the bridge, the infantry moved on in close columns, through Littenge Gaard, on the road to Kioge, between the rivulet and the wood. Here I ordered part of the 95th to clear the woods to the right of the column; the detachment of the 13d to do the same
in front; and forming the 6th bat. talion and rest of the 43d in line, advanced with them, and the horse artillery in the rear of the cavalry, four squadrons of which had already reached the plain at the end of the woods. In the mean while I detached two squadrons in the rear, directing them to cross the wood upon the right, and to advance upon Swansberg Syllum to the bridge on the road between Horttolge and Soeder. Major Plessen, who took the command, passed the wood, which in the mean time had been cleared by the rifle corps, and some sharp-shooters of the 6th battalion, who met with little opposition, except some pla. toon firing, occasioned by several divisions of the enemy's infantry re treating out of the woods, the greatest part of whom were either taken prisoners or cut to pieces. It was at this time that lieutenant Ruedorff, of the 1st light dragoons, was dangerously wounded, toge. ther with lieutenant Jance, of the 3d light dragoons, whilst gallantly charging 'some infantry at the entrance of Kioge.
The cavalry of colonel Alten having passed the opening between the woods, I ordered the horse.ar. tillery to play upon a Danish column of infantry, retreating from Kioge towards the shore, which cap. tain Wetzleben executed with as much precision as effect; but a few shots were fired by the Danish ar. tillery, the same being soon silenced by the superior firing of the British. The cavalry during this had taken eighteen waggons with ammunition, arms, and accoutrements, and made a few prisoners.
The country being much intersected with high banks and ditches,
did not allow the 6th battalion and 43d to advance in line: they were obliged to cross them, by firing in divisions, before they could reach the plain before the wood, where they formed the line again. By this the the squadron of major Plessen having crossed the wood in front of Ashay, and advanced across the plain, overtook about fifty waggons, partly den with baggage, ammunition, arms, &c. and being obliged to leave a good number of men with them and the prisoners, they greatly weakened their strength, and were necessitated to wait the arrival of the centre, under colonel Alten, whom I, after he passed Clemenhap. ordered to advance speedily upon Helfalze, where part of the Danish column of infantry had taken possession of the church-yard, colonel Alten inclined to the right with his squadrous, in order to turn the village; and whilst the light artillery opened a fire upon the church, and some riflemen of the 95th assailed it in flank, he and lieutenant Schnoring, of the 2d light dragoons, rapidly advanced with 16 hussars, obliged the Danish general Oxenholm, four officers, and about. 150 privates, to lay down their arms; on this occasion a corporal of the 2d light dragoons was shot, and several horses wounded. The village having been taken, the cavalry, joined by the horse artillery, followed up their advantage, by pursuing the enemy towards Soeder, where many prisoners were made.
The infantry being unable to follow the rapid movements of the cavalry, took a position near Swansberg; and perceiving the enemy completely routed, I took the read through the wood by Fuagerod, and
from thence to Giersler; in order to pursue the enemy in the right flank, and watch his movements in his retreat, protecting at the same time the flanks of my cavalry that had advanced towards the heights of Soeder, losing sight of the enemy. The cavalry of my division received orders, with the 95th rifle corps, to fall back to us to take a position, with their advanced posts from Lillenge Gaard, by Ashay, Swansberg, Sillecrass, and Vinkiold, to cover the head-quarters at Kioge.
The 6th battalion, part of the 43d foot, some horse-artillery, and a few cavalry, followed me to Gier. sler, and, with some detachments, pursued the retreating enemy towards the plains of Ringstedt.
The conduct of both officers and men on this occasion claims my warmest thanks; and I beg leave to bring to your notice colonel Holmstedt, who commanded the infantry, colonel Alten, who led the cavalry, and lieutenant Wade, at the head of the rifle corps and light infantry, who all three, by their zeal and attention, greatly assisted
Head-quarters before Copenhagen,
The same necessity which has obliged us to have recourse to arms on the present occasion, compels me to decline any overture which might be productive of delay only ; but to prove to you my ardent desire to put an end to scenes which I behold with the greatest grief, I send an officer who is authorised to receive any proposal you may be inclined to make, relative to arti cles of capitulation, and upon which it may be possible for me to agree to any, even the shortest armistice.
I have the honour to be, &c. (Signed) CATHCART, Lieut.-gen. His Excellency, Major-gen. Peyman.
MY LORD, Copenhagen, Sept. 5. The proposal has been made without any the least dilatory intention; but the night being too far advanced for deliberating upon a matter of such very high importance, with the respective departments, a mea. sure necessary on account of his majesty's absence, and that of the
Head-quarters, before CopenSIR, hagen, Sept. 6. Having communicated to admiral Gambier your letter received this morning, together with those of last night, I have to acquaint you, that we will consent to treat with you for the capitulation of Copenhagen, on the basis of your delivering up the Danish fleet.
But, as you have not forwarded articles of capitulation, officers of rank, in the sea and land service of his Britannic majesty, shall be sent forthwith, to prepare articles with you, or with the officers you may appoint; and which may, if possi. ble, unite the objects you have in view, in regard to the occupation of Copenhagen, with the perform. ance of the service entrusted to
Head-quarters before CopenSIR, hagen, Sept. 6. The officers appointed to treat with you are, major-general the right honourable sir Arthur Wellesley, K. B. sir Home Popham, captain of the fleet, and lieutenant. colonel Murray, deputy-quarter. master-general of the army. These officers are waiting at the barrier, and will meet the officers named by you, at any place you may appoint for immediate discussion, between our advanced posts and your lines.
Orders were given to desist from the bombardment, and to cease firing, the moment your first letter was received; but there has been no ar, mistice concluded; a proof of which is, that a house in the suburbs has been seen set on fire, within these few minutes, by your people, close to our centinels.
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