September 13, 1814

Now it was time for battle and I was nervous. I had left my wife and five kids at home, worrying about me. The British ships were all arranged on the still waters waiting for battle too. We took our place at the fort and got ready. At 7:00 P. M., the British bombardment began. The British soldiers who were on land, kept shooting at the fort and we were shooting at them. The American and British vessels were in the water fighting. The bombs were bursting in the air and there was a lot of smoke.

When it was all over, the Americans had sunk 22 of the British vessels. We had won!

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