On July 28, under heavy covering fire from the Tyrannicide, the Hunter and the Sky Rocket, Brigadier General Peleg Wadsworth led an assault force of 400 (200 marines and 200 militia) ashore with orders to capture the British fort. They landed on the beach and advanced up the bluff leading to the fort. The British pickets, who included Lieutenant John Moore, put up a determined resistance but received no reinforcement from the fort and were forced to retire, leaving the Americans in possession of the heights. 8 British troops were captured. At this point, Lovell ordered the attackers to halt and entrench where they were. Instead of assaulting the fort, Lovell had decided to build a battery within "a hundred rods" of the British lines and bombard them into surrender. The American casualties in the assault had been severe: "one hundred out of four hundred men on the shore and bank", with the Continental Marines suffering more heavily than the militia. Commodore Saltonstall was so appalled by the losses incurred by his marines that he refused to land any more and even threatened to recall those already on shore.
Read more about this topic: Penobscot Expedition
Other articles related to "assault":
... Assault in Ancient Greece was normally termed hubris ... Violations of the law against hubris included what would today be termed assault and battery sexual crimes ranging from forcible rape of women or children to consensual but ...
... to a rendezvous point just south of Guam for the impending amphibious assault on that island ... she escorted oilers on their nightly retirement from the assault area and conducted antisubmarine searches ...
... The Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV)—official designation AAV-7A1 (formerly known as Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Personnel-7 abbr ... It is used by USMC Assault Amphibian Battalions to land the surface assault elements of the landing force and their equipment in a single lift from assault shipping during amphibious operations to ...
... The first use of helicopters in an amphibious assault came during the Anglo-French-Israeli invasion of Egypt in 1956 (the Suez War) ... to carry helicopters, and a battalion-sized airborne assault was made ... The modern amphibious assault can take place at virtually any point of the coast, making defending against them extremely difficult ...
Famous quotes containing the word assault:
“To assault the total culture totally is to be free to use all the fruits of mankinds wisdom and experience without the rotten structure in which these glories are encased and encrusted.”
—Judith Malina (b. 1926)
“Whenever reality reinforces a childs fantasied dangers, the child will have more difficulty in overcoming them...So, while parents may not regard a spanking as a physical attack or an assault on a childs body, the child may regard it as such, and experience it as a confirmation of his fears that grown-ups under certain circumstances can really hurt you.”
—Selma H. Fraiberg (20th century)
“What SoftCherubic Creatures
These Gentlewomen are
One would as soon assault a Plush
Or violate a Star”
—Emily Dickinson (18301886)