Article Title: From St. Marys. Information from Capt. Johnson of the schooner Sally, saying Amelia
had fallen and St. Augustine was beseiged. He adds that the British brig Raccoon and a frigate with
troops is said to be on its way to aid the Spanish.
Published in: Connecticut Courant
Place of Publication: Hartford, CT
Publication Date: 4/21/1812
N E W-Y OR K, April 17.
FROM ST. MARY'S.
Capt. Johnson, of the schooner Sally, left St. Mary's the 4th instant and informs, that Amelia Island,
was taken possession of by General Matthews, in the name of the United States, and that the
American flag was flying at that place. A new Collector of the Customs had been appointed, and
American vessels, loaded with goods, were permitted to clear out coast-wise. British and other
foreign vessels were permitted to enter as formerly, and this regulation was ordered to continue for
one year. All British goods arriving after possession had been obtained, would be seized.
The revolutionists, who had gone to take possession of St. Augustine (500 in number) on reaching
that place were fired at from the forts, and obliged to retire. The U. States troops had left Amelia and
St. Mary's for St. Augustineand the Brig. Vixen was ordered off that place by Gen. Matthews, to
prevent supplies from getting in.
Capt. Johnson also informs, that news had just been received, and that the British armed brig
Raccoon, and a frigate, with troops from New-Providence, were on their way to reinforce the garrison
at St. Augustine.