14th Light Dragoons

14th Light Dragoons dress during the second attack on New Orleans in 1815. (Click to enlarge)

In the second attack on New Orleans under Sir A. Cochrane, on the 8th January, the two squadrons served dismounted.  Major-General the Honourable Sir E. Pakenham K. C. B. was killed. Major Generals Gibbs and Kean were dangerously wounded, when the command of the troops was devolved upon Major-General Lambert, who in his despatch to Earl Bathurst, dated off Chandeleur Island, 28th January 1815, states: ‘ The conduct of the two squadrons of the 14th Light Dragoons, latterly commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Baker, previously by Major Milles, has been the admiration of everyone. By the cheerfulness with which they have performed all descriptions of service.

P.S. I regret to have to report that during the night of the 25th, in very bad weather, a boat containing Lieutenant Brydges and Cornet Hammond with 37 men of the 14th Light Dragoons unfortunately fell into the hands of the enemy, off the mouth of the Rigolets. I have not been able to ascertain correctly the particular circumstances. (London Gazette Extraordinary, 9th March 1815)

The troops returned to the fleet, and this was the occasion which the boat with 2 officers and 37 men of the regiment fell into the hands of the enemy, as related above.

(A short extract from the History of the 14th (King’s) Hussars.)

Paul

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