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The Siege of Havana: Morro Resists
The resolute Morro`s Spanish Artillery Soldiers
British Front Line
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The Morro Fortress
Havana 2d July- 7th July
July 2d

We continue our fire on The Morro castle, but found it would require more cannon against it.

July 3d

The great battery unfortunately caught fire, and was burnt all but two embrasures, for want of water to extinguish it. Another of three 32 pounders was immediately projected, and guns were got from ships for that purpose and even encrease of batteries was found necessary.

July 4th

The Morro was now found to be suffer work, and the Spaniards more resolute than was at first imagined.
Our people grew fatigued by the heat and hard labour, and the want of water near them was a sensible distress, and the diappointment of The Morro`s not being reduced to speedily as the first they were made to hope, helped the depress the spirits of weak and low minds. But we found every want relieved, and amply made up for, by the Admiral`s attention; not only to supply every article that could be asked, but by his own sagacity foreseeing, and his precaution providing, everything we could want. -The 4.000 men expected from America were much wished for and much wanted; but even this the Admiral lessened our thoughts of, by encamping seamen with us, exclusive of every other labour the ships undertook for us.

July 5th and 6th

400 Marines were brought to the siege of The Morro, from Colonel Howe`s party, and 300 seamen landed from the ships. The men in general fell down with fevers and fluxes, but few were carried off by them. -There was a demand a demand made for 20.000 sand-bags; and several working tools for the artillery park. We had recourse again to the men of war, who supplied us with old fails and biscuit-bags, which they made into bags for us. -Several hundred square pieces of old junk and cordage were made by them ferve as mantlets.

July 7th

There was but little fire against the Morro this day 32 and 24 pounders were getting on shore from the men of war, for raising four other batteries; and it was now hoped the engineers and artillery gentlemen would follow the example of their superiors, by exerting themselves with such emulation as the good effects might soon be felt. General Keppel did everything that was possible to contribute to this essenteial point, though he was much weakened by illness and fatigue.

by A British officer, from An Authentic Journal of the Siege of Havana
Article ID 93
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