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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.292 Author/Creator: Bligh, Thomas (1685-1775) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 15 September 1758 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 31 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Written on the British naval ship the Essex. Lieutenant General Bligh mentions issues with prisoners and says he was forced to land at Plymouth due to bad weather, but will soon continue to Portsmouth where he will await further orders. Written shortly after the British defeat during the expedition against St. Malo, France, 7-12 September 1758. Bligh, the commander in charge of the expedition, was attempting to follow up the sucessful August raid at Cherbourg, France. The expedition at St. Malo was mired by bad weather and logisitics and the 7,000 soldiers that managed to land were forced to march nine miles to the Bay of St. Cas to escape. The retreat was slow and the numerically superior French army killed, wounded, or captured between 750 and 1000 British troops.

People: Bligh, Thomas, 1685-1775

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: French and Indian WarPrisoner of WarMaritimeGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyNavyMilitary HistoryBattle

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