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The Siege of Havana: British Landing and Approaching The Morro Castle
British Landing
by 9th Regiment
The Capture of the Morro Castle was the Key of the Havana Conquest
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Havana June 7th, 1762
June 7th

The troops were in the flat and other boats at day-light; but as the winds and currents had stragled the transports, it was near seven before they were collected, and about nine, when Captain Hervey of the Dragon, (Who was appointed to command the landing) made the signal from his boat for the descent, which was effected with great regularity, and without any loss, on a little sandy beach between the rivers of Boconao and Cojimar. The enemy having made a feint appearance of defending themselves from a small breastwork thrown up by an old tower at the entrance of Boconao River, but were soon dispersed by the fire from the Mercury and Bonetta, that were anchored close to the shore by Commodore Keppel for that purpose. The army were mostly on shore by three in the afternoon, and we were advancing along the beach towards the Morro, then about five miles off, with a thick wood on our left, and the sea on our right; but finding the pass over the river Cojimar was obstructed by stone castle of that name, which is an old, square stone fortress, with about ten guns, that commanded the pass of that river, on whose banks is a breastwork to the castle, lined with some pieces of cannon also, and where appeared about 600 men in arms to defend it.

The Army halted `till the Dragon went in, and anchored so near as to silence it in less than an hour, and Captain Hervey landed with his marines and took possession of it; the army then immediately passed the river, and advanced within two miles and a half of the Morro, laying upon their arms that Night, with very heavy rains; part of them marched along the river, and returned again.

June 8th

General Elliot took possession of the town of Guanamacoa, situated in a fine open country, about three miles from the harbour, and about eight miles round it fromm the Havana; having put to flight some of the enemy`s horse and foot, that were inclined to defend it. -Lord Albemarle, with that part of the army intended for the siege of the Morro, kept along the coast with parties that had penetrated into the woods, and through which they got so near the castle of the Morro as for the engineers to mark the ground for attack of it. The Admiral was off the entrance of the harbour, where the enemy had fixed a boob and was preparing three large ships to shink in the passage.

by a British officer, from An Authentic Journal of the Siege of Havana
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