Article Title: From Amelia. Additional news on the British occupation of Cumberland; the Spanish
commandant at Amelia has also been called upon to surrender possession to the British.
Published in: Concord Gazette
Place of Publication: Concord, NH
Publication Date: 2/7/1815
BY THE MAILS.
Latest and very important from
NEW-BEDFORD, JAN. 27Captain Conkling of the sloop Liberty, which arrived here yesterday, in 8
days from Charleston, S. C. obligingly favored us with the City Gazette of the 16th and 17th inst.From
the latter of which we copy the following important intelligence.
CHARLESTON, JAN. 17A letter received in this city yesterday from Amelia Island, states, that a
British officer had called on the Spanish commandant and informed him, that he must immediately
give up the command to him, as the British were going to take immediate possession.
Extract of a letter from Savannah,
dated Jan. 14. "News is received in town to-day that St. Mary's is taken by the English, and is
supposed to be true."
SAVANNAH, JAN. 14A gentleman arrived in this place, who left Jefferson, on Wednesday morning
last, which is three days later than the news brought by the expresshe states, that on his way from
Savannah to St. Mary's, about 14 miles from the latter place, he met with a great number of men,
women and children, on the road with wagons carts, loaded with furniture, c. on their way to the
interior of the countryhe lernt from them that a large force was off Amelia, and that they had effected a
landing on Cumberland Island who would no doubt pay a visit to St. Mary's and that the town was
nearly deserted. He also saw the Collector of the port of St. Mary's, with his papers at Jefferson, who
informed him that it was ascertained to a certainty that the enemy had landed, and that all
communication was cut off between St. Mary's and Amelia. Our informant was on his way to Amelia,
but returned, deeming it not advisable to proceed.
Republican office, Savannah, 8 o'clock, P M. Saturday, January 14, 1815.
FURTHER FROM ST. MARY'S
We have conversed with a gentleman of the first respectability, just arrived from St. Mary's, who left
that place on Wednesday morning last. He confirms the account of the enemy being off Cumberland
Island, and states that there were 3 vessels in St. Andrews sound on Monday last and that they were
engaged many hours in maintaining their barges, supposed to be destined against St. Simons Island.
Mr. Gould, Keeper of the Light House on that Island, was chased by the enemy's barges, but made
his escape. The fleet was under easy sail all day, Tuesday last, with their heads to the northward.
Their force is not actually known---number of vessels off FOURTEEN. Letters reached town a few
hours since, which state, "there is no doubt the enemy intended paying Savannah a visit." St. Mary's
is nearly deserted, all the valuables are moved off, some families from that place have reached our