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Capture of the César

4th November 1810
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
Previous action : Capture of the Sans Souci 14.10.1810
Next action : Actions at La Hougue 13.11.1810 - 23.12.1810


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Blossom (18) 1806-1848
British 18 Gun
Unrated Sloop
William StewartBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1787-1813
4 killed, 10 wounded

Empire Français

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le César (4) 1810-1810
French 4 Gun
Privateer Xebec
 4 killed, 9 wounded Captured

Notes on Action

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.

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