Letter from Colonel Edward Codd to James Leith, his report of the insurrection (CO 28/85)
200 men of the 4th Battalion 60th Regiment under the command of Lt. Colonel Lomax, 200 men of the 15th Regiment under the command of Lt. Colonel Davidson, and the left wing of the West India Regiment (late the Bourbons) to which I attached their late officers, under the command of Major Cassidy, accompanied by a detachment of the royal regiment of St Michael’s militia about 250 strong under the command of Colonel Mayers, leaving however a force fully adequate to the protection of the garrison and town under the command of Lt. Colonel Edwards late of the Bourbon Regiment.On arriving in the Parish of St. Philip, I found that the system of plunder and devastation, which had been pursued by the insurgents, had been very alarming in its extent and ruinous in its consequences. Canes, Plantations, Provision grounds, a few dwelling houses and rocks on some of the estates in that and the neighbouring Parish of Christ Church having been involved in a general flame whilst household…
Garrison: a fortified place where troops are stationed
Insurgents: rebels; people taking part in an uprising
Plunder: to steal of goods by force, especially in time of war; pillage« Return to Bussa’s rebellion
2. Read all parts of Source 2. This is a letter from Colonel Edward Codd to James Leith, his report of the insurrection.
- How many troops and weapons were used to control the rebellion?
- In what ways did the insurgents show their rebellion?
- What is the writer’s view of their actions?