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Battle of New Orleans - 5th West Indies Regiment

Postby researchingreg » February 19th, 2016, 7:46 pm

I have just found out a family relation Ensign William Earle Godfrey of the 5th West Indies Regiment was at the Battle of New Orleans.

What part did this regiment take in the battle under General Gibbs, I've seen a bit on Wikipedia? see following, however it does not give much detail https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_New_Orleans

Another interesting fact about this time in 1815 his brother Lt John Race Godfrey RN was engaging the US Navy see post viewtopic.php?f=42&t=1216 the 13th reply
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Re: Battle of New Orleans - 5th West Indies Regiment

Postby Josh&Historyland » February 19th, 2016, 10:26 pm

The 5th WIR formed part of the British right flank, advancing through the Cyprus swamp around the American left. This area was less well fortified as its natural obstacles presented a good deterrent to a direct assault. The WIR and the other battalions of the right flank did engage the Tenessee militia under John Coffee but were able to make little or no headway against the enemy due to the nature of the ground. They took 5 killed and 25 wounded 1 missing in the battle. Previous to this both the 5th and 1st WIR had suffered greatly from the weather, suffering some 200 casualties between them due to exposure and disease.

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Re: Battle of New Orleans - 5th West Indies Regiment

Postby researchingreg » February 20th, 2016, 2:23 pm

Josh&Historyland wrote:The 5th WIR formed part of the British right flank, advancing through the Cyprus swamp around the American left. This area was less well fortified as its natural obstacles presented a good deterrent to a direct assault. The WIR and the other battalions of the right flank did engage the Tenessee militia under John Coffee but were able to make little or no headway against the enemy due to the nature of the ground. They took 5 killed and 25 wounded 1 missing in the battle. Previous to this both the 5th and 1st WIR had suffered greatly from the weather, suffering some 200 casualties between them due to exposure and disease.

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Josh, thanks for the reply, so the 5th WIR did not take too many casualties in the battle. It seems disease was a big killer. When the 5th West Indies regiment was disbanded in 1817, William Earle Godfrey died on the ship back from New Providence to Britain. It seems yellow fever was rampant in the Bahamas.
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