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1795 3 Jany - In the night the Army retired from the Waal behind the river Lynd. The 27 & 28th Regts to Bust, having the Light Companies of the 19, 42, 63, 78th under Major Graham, 19th Regt at Theul and Light Company 27 & 28th Regt under Major Wilson, 27th Regt at the village of Hasten

4th - At 1 o'clock the enemy crossed at Wardenburgh, Theul, Hasten and the 7 Dutch Gun battery towards Gorcum, the Light infantry retreated after some skirmishing and seeing the enemy actually cross the Waal in force

5th - March from Bust to Buren lay out until the night of the 6th

7th - Marched and crossed the Rhine at Scalkwick than having come on this movement was a prelude to the advance of the Army

8th - Marched from Scalkwick on the Rhine towards Buren where the 14th and 27th Regts had been for several hours warmly engaged and in danger of being cut off, the arrival of the 28th Regt with Lord Cathcart covered them and in a short time drove the enemy from the village of Gueldermalsen but suffered much having in about 20 minutes 66 men killed and wounded the 14 & 27 Regts officers & privates were sent to their country, the 14th lost Capt Perry and the 27 Regt lost Coln Buller, Lt Conner & Kelly & Ensign Norberry killed and several others wounded. The same night recrossed the Rhine and remained laying beneath the dykes opposite to Culenburgh exposed to the severest frost. At Culenburgh Coln Buller of the 27th was buried

13th - At 9 at night marched from the Rhine and gave up Holland to its well merited fate

14th - At 2 in the afternoon reached Amerfords after a long and fatiguing march. During this march officers and their horses fell together and many limbs were broken others were so benumbed as to be unable to stand when dismounted and bottle of the best skidam had no more effect than a bottle of pure water. The picquets were left on the Rhine until midday and in some instances totally forgotten and strong squadrons of cavalry sent to the rear to call them in and protect their retreat and in fact small parties were in far greater danger from the hostility of the inhabitants than from the open enemy. Capt R. Vivian of the 28th was placed in this awkward situation and was obliged to repel by force

15th - Marched to Garderen

16th - Halted

17th - At 8 in the Evg the 6th Brigade entered Elbourg on the Zuiderzee which was passable from Amsterdam then in the Carmagniol possession on the ice here we learnt of the welcome reception the Republicans experienced from all the principal towns of Holland. They had also pushed their advance post in front of Amersford towards Hardywick & Elbourgh. The 6th Brigade with the Bays, Greys & Enniskillen Dragoons and several Emigrant Corps under Lord Cathcart had passed the Fel River at Campen in order to march through North Holland with a view of feeling the pulse of the people of that country towards the Allied cause but it was completely hostile, there were some few instances excepted of firm attachment to the House of Orange. The rest of the Army marched into Germany by Deventer and other towns. The Division remained at Elburgh practising the defence of the ground in case of attack from the side of Hardywick

27th - Marched from Elburgh by Campen to Steenwick

29th - Halted

30th - Marched to Osterwold

31st - to Durswold

1st Feby - Marched to Sudhorn and Nordhorn - 6 miles from Gronigen upon entering the province of Gronigen we expected to meet with opposition from its inhabitants but did not meet with any at this time the Statsoldener and Republican parties were quiet in the town but the former were the weaker party they went beg the Commander if the British force not to march through the town as the Orane party would think themselves bound to appear and that it would afterwards prove the cause of great mischief between them and the opposite party which was acquiesed to by the General but they were desired to find the troops with a certain quantity of shoes & bread

2nd - Marched to Sudlearn and Nordlearn

3rd - Marched to Cropswold and Tauxall

4th - To Sapmeer 9 miles from Gronigen so that from Sudhorn we had moved better than the town a march of upwards of 50 miles at Sapmeer we remained in excellent quarters and received contributions from the city of Gronigen which they had promised to supply and for which the troops remained so long in their vicinity

9th - Moved to Winchoten

10th - To Bonda

11th - Crossed the river Ems at Wina and marched to Askendorp

12th - Retrograded to Grotegast opposite to Wina

15th - Recrossed the Ems at Wina and took possession of the Dutch posts of New Sckance and Old Sckance the 78th took Fort Bourtanger. The 28th Regt Wymer & Bihlingwolder

19th - The Light Companies with the Salm & Rohan Infantry & Cavalry ordered to advance to Winchoten and Finsterwold under Coln Forbes Champariu the 27th Regt to Berta

20th - At 8 at night the Light Companies fell back to the poshius, this was occasioned by finding the inhabitants of Winchoten in favour of the enemy they had secretly deprived the mens pouches in their Quarters of their ammunition, and above 200 stands of arms had been distributed amongst the inhabitants, the enemy had shewn in front of Gronigen and the intention was that when the British were attacked by the enemy from Gronigen the people of Winchoten were to have aided them by firing upon out troops from their houses this plan was fortunate disclosed by a Dutchman about midday and the British without its being known repaired by order at 8 at night to their alarm post the church yard and silently and suddenly withdrew from the town

21st - Moved to Beesterhamerie

27th - The posts on the Dyke and Beesterhamerie and Berta were attacked by the enemy during a very heavy fog and after a resistance of several hours were driven in. Lt. C. Reynold 80th Light Infantry wounded. The enemy made no impression on the Light Companys in front of Beesterhamerie untill late when they opened 2 pieces of cannon and having no guns to answer them compelled the British to fall back. The evening destroyed the guns and stores of Forts and burnt the Bridges in the Country.

28th - Marched to Fort Bourtangars for the cavalry but it afterwards proved strong enough and would have saved a long and tedious forced march. The enemy during this days march shewed in our front by which the 28th had 4 men wounded, the Enniskillen Dragoons 2

1st March - Moved to Hyda

2nd - To old Harum, here we met a Squadron of the 1st Dragoon Guards the first of the Army we had seen since the 13 Jany when we left the Rhine at Kulenburg

3rd - Crossed the Emb at the Bridge of Meppen and marched to Huntel a miserable village in the Bishopbrick of Munster

4th - Moved to Ashendorp

5th - To Lier, the enemy had during our march to pass at Meppen passed the ice to Lier which was one of our principal point and only a march from Emden the point of communication with England fortunate the 33rd Regt had just arrived by which assistance they were repulse and driven back again a sufficient frost that the ice was strong and that we had marched a hundred miles by crossing at Meppen and marching upon Lier on the opposite bank to Wina

11th - The River Ems was impassable on the ice at Lier we remained quiet throwing out picquets and amusing ourselves by coursing &c

12th - Our post was relieved by the Hanoverians and we commenced our march for the transports which had arrived from England 150 miles to the rear

30th - Moved to Grot & Cline oldendorp

31st - to Rustrum

1st April - to Etzorn near Oldenburgh

2nd - Halt

3rd - Through Oldenbourg to Hurrell and were seen by Prince Ernest of Mecklinburgh Brother of the Queen of England who commanded the 8th Regt of Hanoverians at Oldenbourgh

4th - Moved to Delmenhort

5th - Through Bremen to Vegezack

6th - Halt

7th - To Asckwarden

8th - to Buttle

9th - Halt

10th - to Bremerlike

12th - Embarked on board the Jane and Middleton Transports

13th - dropt down the Weser to Smithstad near the bacon

20th - arrived 25 Transports from Hull under convoy of the Syble Frigate

21st - The Savage sloop the Andromeda and Leda Frigates with all the remaining Transports droped the River from Bremerlike

22nd - blew hard at SW ship drove during the night

24th - Weighed stood down the Weser, in the evening joined Admiral Harvey in the Prince of Wales of 98 guns with four 74's at the Mouth of the River, at 7 Eveg passed Helegoland

25 to 29th - Blew hard with contrary winds, at 11 this morning saw the Cheviot Hills

30th - closed with the land at Bamborough Castle

1st May - Coasted along shore passed Hartley & Shields, this day the Newcastle Division 8th, 37th, 44th, 55th, 84th, 89th Regiments parted and went in Whitey roads, sent a boat to shore for wine & provisions, the inhabitants of Whity shewed every kindness to Lt. Hall who went on shore and were mindful of those also on board and sent many little comforts that had not been contemplated

2nd - Weathered Flamborough head fine weather

3rd - Weather thick with light airs, this Eveg at 5 anchored between Flamborough and Cromer point

4th - In the morning weathered Cromer and anchored in 12 fathoms near Haesborough at 1 o'clock

5th - Anchored in the Roads of Great Yarmouth, many officers landed and breakfasted

6th - In the morning weighed, at 12 parted the Harwich Division, at 5 in the Evening made the North foreland

7th - Passed through the Downs

8th - At half past 8 o'clock in the Morning weathered Beachy Head fine breeze at NE running 8 and half knots an hour, at 1 o'clock and 25 Minutes after made the Isle of Wight, at 5 passed St. Hellens and at 8 in the Evening anchored at Spithead close to the Commerce de Marseilles of 120 guns

12th - the 28th Regiment landed at Stokes bay and marched to our Quarters in Gosport and relieved the East Middlesex Militia

END OF JOURNAL

Captain Charles Stewart - Ensign 28th Foot 31 March 1789. Lieut. 30 March 1793. Captain-Lieutenant 1799, commanded the Colonel's Company. Captain May 1801. Retired in 1803.