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Collection Reference Number GLC01450.292
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1754-1764 
Title Thomas Bligh to an unknown recipient written on the British naval ship the Essex about prisoners and the expedition against St. Malo, France
Date 15 September 1758
Author Bligh, Thomas (1685-1775)  
Document Type Military document; Correspondence
Content Description 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 successful August raid at Cherbourg, France. The expedition at St. Malo was mired by bad weather and logistics 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.
Subjects French and Indian War  Prisoner of War  Maritime  Global History and Civics  Navy  Military History  Battle  
People Bligh, Thomas (1685-1775)  
Theme French & Indian Wars; Foreign Affairs; Naval & Maritime
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859