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and chivalric of men ; he had been wounded in the contest, and was sore at heart, but he dryly replied, " Well, I don't know; our mizzenmast is gone, our mainmast is gone, and, upon the whole, you may say we have struck our flag! " Read then said, "Commodore Hull's compliments, and wishes to know whether you need the assistance of a surgeon or surgeon's mate ?" Dacres replied, " Well, I should suppose that you had business enough on board your own ship for all your medical officers!" Read then gasconaded a little. " Oh, no! we have only seven wounded, and they were dressed half an hour ago."' He did not mention the seven killed. But against the American loss of seven killed and seven wounded, one must place the British loss of fifteen killed and sixty-three wounded.
1 This is upon the statement of Capt. Wm. B. Orne, who was a prisoner on the Guerriire during the action. Lossing's " Field-book," p. 444.