DescriptionTRN5 The Blossom, 18, Commander William Stewart, cruising off Cape Sicie, chased the privateer xebec Cesar, until becalmed. Two boats, one under Master's Mate Richard Hambly, and the other under Lieutenant Samuel Davis and Midshipman John Marshall, were then sent after the enemy, which mounted four guns, and had a crew of 59 men. The Cesar opened a deadly fire, which killed Davis and three men, and wounded five others; but, with the remaining 26 seamen and Marines, young Marshall pluckily leapt on board and carried the privateer, losing, however, 5 more men wounded. The enemy had 4 killed and 9 wounded. Mr. Marshall, afterwards well known as the compiler of the 'Royal Naval Biography,' richly deserved promotion for this affair, but did not obtain a Lieutenant's commission until February 14th, 1815.