Ejercitos • Armies

Desembarco y Asedio • Landing & Siege


The British units that were present in Puerto Rico under the command
of Lieutenant-General Sir Ralph Abercromby in 1797 were:
  • 42nd Highlanders (Black Watch)
  • 2nd Corps Queen
  • 3rd Regiment of Foote (The Buffs)
  • 26th Light Dragoons
  • 14th Regiment of Foote
  • 44th Regiment of Foote (part)
  • 38th Regiment of Foote (part)
  • 53rd Regiment of Foote
  • 60th Regiment of Foote
  • 87th Regiment of Foote
  • Royal Artillery
  • Royal Engineers
  • Royal Marines
  • Lowenstein Fusilieurs
  • Lowenstein Chasseurs
  • Landrey’s Brigade from Trinidad
  • Tobago’s Blacks
  • Martinique’s Blacks
  • Barbado’s Blacks
  • Ship’s crews.
  • Support Personnel
  • French Royalists
  • French Emigrés
  • French Republican Prisoners

The British fleet consisted of:
  • 1 ship with three decks (Prince of Wales)
  • 2 with 70 cannon
  • 2 with 50 cannon
  • 2 frigates, one of 40 and one of 36 cannon.
  • 2 brigantines of 16 - 18 cannon.
  • 4 corvettes of about 16 cannon.
  • 18 schooners, with a bearing of privateers, 6-12 cannon.
  • 1 large merchantman.
  • 28 smaller ships.
Total = 60 sail


(Image by the National Park Service)
Defensa y Contraofensa • Defense & Counteroffensive


Defense resources available to Captain General Don Ramón de Castro during the British Siege of 1797:

Infantry

  • Regimiento Fijo de Puerto Rico 938
  • Milicias Disciplinadas de Infantería 3,091
  • Milicias Urbanas 2,442
Total infantry 6,471

Cavalry
  • Regimiento Fijo Cavalry - 1 Company
  • Milicias Disciplinadas de Caballería 200 (Río Piedras)

Artillery
  • Cannon 376
  • Mortar 35
  • Howitzers 4
  • Short Barrel Stone Throwers 5
  • Large quantities of cartridges, cannonballs, muskets, swords and black powder

Naval Defense
  • Barges 4
  • Pontoons 2
  • Gunboats 11
  • Rescue Launches 7
  • Boats 4
  • Longboats 1
  • Batteau 1
  • Pirogues 18

Naval Guns on floating platforms
  • Cannon 22
  • Mortar 1
  • Short Barrel Stone Thrower 4
  • Swivel Guns 11
  • Muskets 204
  • Pistols 24
  • Swords 229
  • Crew 546

(Image by the National Park Service)
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