oss and Cockburn as they were riding ahead of the troops, when the former fell from his horse, mortally wounded, and died in the arms of his favorite aide, Duncan McDougall, before his bearers reached the boats.
The command now devolved on Col. A. A. Brooke.
Under his direction the entire invading force pressed forward, and, at about 2 P. M. (Sept. 12), met the first line of General Stricker's main body, when a severe
John Stricker. combat began.
The battle raged for twohours, when the suepared to attack Fort McHenry, and, on the morning of the 13th, began a bombardment, which was kept up until the next morning.
At the same time the land force began to move on Baltimore.
Their movements were very cautious, and, at. evening, Colonel Brooke had an interview with Admiral Cochrane.
It was decided that the movements of the British on land and water were failures, and that prudence demanded an immediate abandonment of the enterprise.
At 3 A. M. on the 14th, in the midst of darknes