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´╗┐Title: A Journal of Two Campaigns of the Fourth Regiment of U.S. Infantry
Author: Walker, Adam [Adapter]
Language: English
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DURING THE YEARS 1811, & 12_.


By the Author.


Transcriber's Note: Printer's inconsistencies in punctuation and
hyphenation have been retained. Variant and alternative spellings
have been preserved, except for obvious misspellings.


When the Author of the succeeding pages had determined on recording
the events and operations of the Regiment to which he belonged, it was
far from his intention to give them publicity.--They were noted down
for the amusement of his leisure hours and the perusal of his Friends,
when he should return from the toils of the Camp and the fatigues of
war;--to portray to the view of those Friends the various vicissitudes
of fate attendant on the life of a Soldier.--But since his return,
many who have perused the manuscript, have expressed their ardent
desire to see it published, and to gratify their wishes, he has been
induced to submit it to the press.--He indulges the hope that his
simple narrative will fall into the hands of none but the candid and
liberal, who affect not to despise the humble and unvarnished tale of
the _Private Soldier_.



The 4th Regiment of U.S. Infantry was raised principally in the year
1808--from the five N. England States, viz. Vermont, New-Hampshire,
Massachusetts, Rhode-Island and Connecticut, and consisted of between
8 & 900 men--under the command of Colonel John P. Boyd.--The regiment
was not embodied until--

Ap. 29, 1811--When we received orders from Government to rendezvous
at the Lazaretto Barracks on the Schuylkill, 5 miles below
Philadelphia--Capt. Whitney's Company of U.S. Riflemen, then stationed
at Newport, R.I. was also ordered to join the 4th regiment at this

May 24th--The whole regiment (except one Company under Capt. Rannie,
which were detained at Marblehead) had arrived, and were immediately
formed, consisting of about 600 of as noble fellows as ever trod the
tented field; all in good health and fine spirits, and their
discipline unrivaled;--nothing worthy of note took place while we
remained here, which was but a few days, except the degrading
situation in which Capt. Whitney of the Riflemen, had placed himself,
while Commanding Officer, by descending to the level of a Musician,
and with his own hands bestowing corporeal punishment upon the bare
posteriors of two privates of his Company, in the face of the whole
regiment on parade. Such conduct in a commander, merited and received
the pointed scorn of every officer of the regiment.--The two men, who
had heretofore been good soldiers, deserted within two hours after
receiving their punishment--and a few days afterwards Capt. Whitney
resigned a command he was totally unworthy of, and returned
home.--Lieut. A. Hawkins, a fine officer, was afterwards appointed to
the command of this Company.--We received our tents, camp, equipage,
&c. and Col. Boyd and Lieut. Col. Miller, having arrived to take the
command.--On the

3d. June--1811, we commenced our march for Pittsburgh;--Crowds of
spectators from the city of Philadelphia came to witness our
departure;--the day was extremely warm, and we were almost suffocated
with heat and dust.--We marched five miles from the city, and encamped
about 4 o'clock,--Many respectable citizens from Philadelphia
accompanied us to our encampment.

I omit the particulars of our march through the State of Pennsylvania,
as no event transpired, except what falls to the lot of all soldiers
on long marches.--The country being extremely rough and mountainous,
our shoulders pressed beneath the weight of our cumbrous knapsacks,
our feet swollen and blistered, and performing toilsome marches
beneath a burning sun, amid clouds of dust, in the warmest season of
the year, rendered our situation painful in the extreme, and at times
almost insupportable.--A number of desertions took place on this
march, in consequence of its having been whispered among the troops,
that they were to be sent to New-Orleans,--and it is believed, had not
Col. Miller given them to understand that no such thing was intended,
one third at least, of the regiment would never have reached
Pittsburgh;--however, placing unbounded confidence in the word and
honor of Col. Miller, order was restored, and the fears of the men
were calmed.

On the 10th June, we arrived at Carlisle, a handsome little town about
120 miles from Philadelphia, where we halted one day, to refresh and
rest our wearied limbs.

June 12, we again proceeded on our march, and arrived at the beautiful
town of Pittsburgh on the 28th June, 1811.--At Pittsburgh we found
excellent quarters, necessaries of all kinds, cheap and plenty;--the
inhabitants were kind, generous and hospitable,--they knew how to
commiserate, and were happy in relieving the sufferings of the
soldier;--while we on our part were grateful for their favors, which
we endeavored to merit by treating them with the respect due to good
citizens. Our time here passed very agreeably for two or three weeks,
at the expiration of which, we received orders to descend the Ohio
river to Newport, (Ken.)

[Illustration: GEN. W. H. HARRISON]

July 29th. The regiment embarked on board ten long keel boats; each
boat being sufficiently large to contain one Company of men.--With our
colors flying and drums beating, we left the shore in regular order,
and commenced our passage while the band, attached to the regiment,
were chaunting our favorite ditty of _Yankee Doodle_, amidst the
cheers and acclamations of the generous citizens of Pittsburgh,
assembled at the place of our embarkation.--After a passage of 4 days,
without accident, we arrived at the little town of Marietta, where we
had the pleasure of meeting with many of our hardy yankee brethren
from N. England.--We tarried here over night, and early next morning
we continued on our passage, and on the 8th of August we all safely
arrived at Newport, a small village, situated at the mouth of the
Licking, which empties into the Ohio, and directly opposite to the
town of Cincinnati in the state of Ohio. Here we were to remain until
further orders; while Lieut. Hawkins was dispatched to Indiana to
inform Governor Harrison of our arrival at Newport and to receive his

The troops at this time were perfectly ignorant of their destination,
or the real object our government had in view, in sending us at such a
distance to the westward. Many were still fearful that we were to be
sent to New-Orleans, and knowing the fate of former troops, that had
been stationed there, who had been swept off by sickness, it created
much uneasiness in the minds of New-England troops; and some few
desertions took place.--We experienced some very warm sultry weather,
and considerable fear was entertained by Col. Boyd for the health of
the troops.--Capt. Welsh, an amiable officer, died and was buried with
Masonic and Military honors.

Aug. 28th. Lieut. Hawkins returned with orders from Governor Harrison
for the regiment to proceed with all possible dispatch to Vincennes,
in the Indiana Territory, where the conduct of the Indians on the
Wabash had become very alarming. The Governor had previously been
authorised to employ the 4th regiment in his service, should
circumstances make it necessary.

On the 31st. August we left Newport, and proceeded down the Ohio,
without difficulty, until we arrived at the falls or rapids, when we
were obliged to disembark and have the baggage taken from the boats
and conveyed round by land to the foot of the rapids, while skilful
pilots navigated our boats through this difficult passage.

Governor Harrison was at this place, and accompanied by Col. Boyd,
proceeded across the country to Vincennes, leaving the command of the
regiment to Lt. Col. Miller, to continue their passage by water.

Sept. 4th. Early in the morning we left the Rapids, and on the 9th,
without any occurrence worthy of note, we arrived at the mouth of
the Wabash, a distance of 1022 miles from Pittsburgh; but the most
disagreeable and difficult task in our navigation was yet to be
performed. We had now 160 miles to ascend the Wabash, the current of
which is very rapid, and at this season of the year, was quite low and
much interrupted by rocks and sand-bars. We were daily obliged to
wade the river, and haul the boats after us over the rapids, which
occasioned many of our men, on our arrival at Vincennes, to be
disordered with that painful disease, the fever and ague. Every
precaution possible was taken by the humane and generous Col. Miller
to preserve the health of the regiment; himself waded the river, as
well as every other officer; in many instances performing the duties
of the common soldier, and assisting them to haul up the boats. At the
close of each day we brought the boats to a convenient landing; placed
our guard for the night, while those who had obtained an evening's
respite from the toils of this tedious and laborious passage, were
suffered to regale their spirits over an extra glass of whiskey,
bestowed by the liberality of our Commander. The utmost harmony and
good humor prevailed--no contention--no murmuring--all cheerfully
performed their duty.

Sept. 19, 1811. After a fatiguing passage of ten days through an
unsettled country, which presented nothing to the view but a wild and
dreary wilderness, our hearts were cheered by a prospect of the town
of Vincennes. It was dark before we landed, and by the noise and
confusion about us, we concluded the town to be overrun with troops. A
rabble soon gathered about the boats and assisted in hauling them
ashore;--their whooping and yells, and their appearance caused us to
doubt whether we had not actually landed among the savages themselves.
Many of these militia spoke the French language;--their dress was a
short frock of Deer-skin, a belt around their bodies, with a tomahawk
and scalping knife attached to it, and were nearly as destitute of
discipline as the savages themselves. The militia from Kentucky, and a
few companies of Indiana were decent soldiers; yet the large knife and
hatchet which constituted a part of their equipment, with their dress,
gave them rather a savage appearance. The hatchet, however, was found
to be a very useful article on the march--they had no tents; but with
their hatchets would in a short time form themselves a secure shelter
from the weather, on encamping at night.

The Dragoons, commanded by Major Daviess, consisting of about 120 men,
were well mounted and handsomely equipped, and composed of some of the
most respectable citizens from Kentucky and Indiana.

The Indians who had been lurking about the town for a number of days
suddenly disappeared, and on the

27th September.--The army was embodied, consisting of between ten and
twelve hundred men; and under the immediate command of Gov. Harrison,
we took up our line of march from Vincennes, being well furnished with
arms, ammunition and provision, advancing with but little variation in
the following

[Illustration: ORDER OF MARCH.

    Mounted Riflemen.

    *   *   *   *   *   *   *
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    * o   Orderly Music   o *
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    * o  General & Aids.  o *
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     Major               Major

    Dragoons under Maj. Daviess.
    o    o    o    o    o    o
    o    o    o    o    o    o
    o    o    o    o    o    o
    o    o    o    o    o    o]

In this manner we proceeded on our march by the taps of the drums at
the head of each column, to prevent the lines distancing each other
too far. It was customary each morning, an hour before day-break, to
rouse the troops from their slumbers, with three solitary taps of
the drums of each line, when they turned out and formed in front of
their tents, which was the line of battle in case of an attack; in
this manner they stood to their arms until the beating of the
Reveille.--This precaution was deemed a very necessary one, knowing it
to be the time that the Indians generally choose to make their
attacks, as the troops sleep more sound, and the sentinels become
wearied and sleepy, and consequently less vigilant.

Oct. 3. After a march of six days, through an uninhabited country, we
arrived at a place on the banks of the Wabash, called Battelle des
Illinois. Here we formed our encampment with the intention of tarrying
a few weeks, to ascertain more correctly the disposition of the
Prophet and his warriors. A Fort and Block-Houses were ordered to be
built at this place, which gave sufficient employment to the

Some murmuring took place among them, being heartily sick of the camp,
and desirous of returning to their homes. Many, indeed, threatened to
leave us at all hazards, which caused the Governor much anxiety and
trouble. He appeared not disposed to detain any man against his
inclination; being endowed by nature with a heart as humane as brave;
in his frequent addresses to the militia, his eloquence was formed to
persuade; appeals were made to reason as well as feeling--and never
were they made in vain--when the militia, unused to military
restriction, threatened a desertion, his eloquence calmed their
passions, and hushed their discontented murmurings--and in a short
time all became tranquil, and unanimity reigned throughout the army.

About this time many Indians came peaceably into camp, and held
frequent Council, with the Governor; but all endeavors to effect an
accommodation with the Prophet were vain--they still continued
stubborn and refractory,--and would not listen to any terms of peace
made them by the Governor. Their lurking Indians were nightly prowling
about our encampment, and alarming the sentinels on their posts.--On
the 20th Oct. in the evening, an Indian crept cautiously through the
bushes, opposite one of the sentinels in the main guard and shot him
through both thighs--the sentinel nearest to him, saw the flash of the
rifle, and immediately presented his piece,--snapped it twice--both
times it missed fire!--The Indian made his escape,--the camp was
alarmed, and the troops called to arms. The Dragoons were instantly
formed, and under the command of that gallant and spirited officer,
Major Daviess, sallied out, and scoured the woods in the vicinity of
the encampment; but no Indians could be found. The Dragoons in passing
the line of sentinels, were fired upon by mistake, the sentinels
supposing them to be the enemy (it being very dark) but fortunately no
one was injured.--We stood to our arms the whole of this night, while
the Gov. and Col. Boyd were riding down the lines animating the troops
to do their duty in case we were attacked.

Thus after a tedious course of negotiations, and fruitless endeavors to
effect by fair means, a redress of our wrongs, and the patience of the
Governor and of the army being nearly exhausted, it was determined to
give them some _weightier_ reasons than had been heretofore offered, why
peace should be concluded. Orders were therefore given for the army to
be in readiness to march to the Prophet's town.

October 21.--We commenced our march from Fort _Harrison_, so called, in
honor of our worthy Commander; Col. Miller, the officer so highly
esteemed by the troops of our regiment was unfortunately detained at
this place by sickness. After a few days of tedious marching, and having
crossed the Wabash, we arrived at Vermillion river--Capt. Baen, who had
been long absent from the command of his company, had a day or two
previous, joined us on the march, and being the oldest Captain in
Commission, was appointed, to act as Major, and headed the left column
of the army. Having a number of sick who were unable to proceed farther,
a small block-house was erected, for their accommodation, and a
Sergeant's guard was left for their protection.

Nov. 1. We crossed the Vermillion river into the Indian possessions,
at which time the weather became rainy and cold. Many Indians were
discovered by our spies, lurking in the woods about us; supposed to be
the scouts of the Prophet, watching our movements.--After marching about
fourteen miles, we crossed a small creek, and encamped on a high open
piece of land: still rainy and cold. An alarm was here given by one of
the sentinels, who fired on a Horse, which had strayed out of Camp.

November 3, Continued on our march--came to an extensive level
prairie, which took up the whole of this day in crossing--started up
many deer, two of which we killed--also an animal called a prairie
wolf. Nothing of importance transpired until--

November 6.--When our spies, who had ventured near the Indian village,
returned, and informed the Governor we were within a few miles of the
Prophet's town--We were ordered to throw off our knapsacks, and be in
preparation for an attack. We advanced about 4 miles to the edge of a
piece of woods, when we were ordered to break off by companies, and
advance in single lines; keeping a convenient distance from each other
to enable us to form a line of battle, should necessity require
it;--this was frequently done in the course of our advance toward the
town, in consequence of the unevenness of the land, and the appearance
of many favorable places for the enemy to attack us. In this manner we
advanced very cautiously, until we came in sight of the Indian
village, when we halted. The Indians appeared much surprized and
terrified at our sudden appearance before their town; we perceived
them running in every direction about the village, apparently in great
confusion; their object however, was to regain in season their
different positions behind a breastwork of logs which encircled the
town from the bank of the Wabash. A chief came out to the Governor,
begging of him not to proceed to open hostilities; but to encamp with
the troops for that night, and in the morning they solemnly promised
to come into camp and hold a council, and they would agree to almost
any terms the Governor might propose; expressing their earnest desire
for peace without bloodshed--but the treacherous villains merely made
this promise to gain sufficient time to put their infernal scheme in
execution. The Governor enquired of the chief where a situation
suitable for encamping might be found; being informed, he dispatched
three or four officers to examine the ground, who returned with a
favorable report of the place--which was a piece of narrow rising
ground, covered with heavy timber, running some length into a marshy
prairie, and about three quarters of a mile north-west of the town.
Here we encamped for the night, as near the form of a hollow square as
the nature of the ground would admit. Being cool, cloudy weather, we
built large fires in front of our tents, to dry our clothing, cook our
provisions &c. The signal for the field officers to collect at the
Governors marque was given; we were soon after ordered to lay with our
cartridge boxes on, and our guns at our sides;--and in case of an
attack, (as was always the order, while on the march,) each man
stepped 5 paces in front of his tent, which formed the line of battle.

On the morning of the 7th Nov. a few minutes before 4 o'clock, while
we were enjoying the sleep so necessary to the repose of our wearied
limbs,--the attack commenced--when only a single gun was fired by the
guard, and instantly we were aroused by the horrid yells of the
savages close upon our lines.

The dreadful attack was first received by a Company of regulars, under
the command of Capt. Barton, and a Company of Militia, commanded by
Capt. Geiger,--their men had not the least notice of the approach of
the Indians, until they were aroused by a horrid yell and a discharge
of rifles at the very door of their tents; considerable confusion
ensued in these two companies, before they could be formed in any
regular order; but notwithstanding the disorder this sudden attack
created, the men were not wanting in their duty--they sprang from
their tents and discharged their pieces upon the enemy, with great
execution, and kept their ground good until relief could be brought
them. The attack soon extended round to the right line, where the
troops were formed in complete order, and the assaults of the savages
were returned in full measure. One company of Indiana militia fell
back in great disorder, but after some arduous exertions of their
officers, they were again rallied and fought with a spirit that
evinced a determination to escape the odium of cowardice.--The battle
had now become general, every musket and rifle contributed its share
to the work of carnage. A few Indians had placed themselves in an
advantageous situation on the left of the front line, and being
screened from our fire by some large oak trees, did great execution in
our ranks, The small company of U.S. Riflemen, commanded by Lieut.
Hawkins, were stationed within two rods of these trees, and received
the heaviest of their fire, but maintained the position in a most
gallant manner, altho' the company of militia on their left were
giving way in great disorder. Major Daviess, with a small detachment
of dragoons attempted to dislodge them; but failed in the attempt,
and was himself mortally wounded. Capt. Snelling, of the regulars,
soon after made a desperate charge at the head of his company, with
success, losing one man, who was tomahawked by a wounded Indian. The
Indians fell back, and for a short time, continued the action at a
distance--here was some sharp shooting, as they had greatly the
advantage, by the light afforded them from our fires, which could
not be entirely extinguished. We were well supplied with buck shot
cartridges, which were admirably calculated for an engagement of
this nature. The savages were severely galled by the steady and well
directed fire of the troops. When near day-break, they made their last
desperate effort to break our lines, when three cheers were given, and
charge made by the 4th Regt. and a detachment of dragoons--they were
completely routed and the whole put to a precipitate flight. They fled
in all directions, leaving us masters of the field which was strewed
with the bodies of the killed and wounded. Some sharp-shooters of the
militia, harassed them greatly in their retreat, across the marshy
prairie. The day was appropriated to the mournful duties of dressing
the wounds of our unfortunate comrades, and burying the dead. To
attempt a full and detailed account of this action, or portray to the
imagination of the reader the horrors attendant on this sanguinary
conflict, far exceeds my powers of description.--The awful yell of the
savages, seeming rather the shrieks of despair, than the shouts of
triumph--the tremendous roar of musquetry--the agonizing screams of
the wounded and dying, added to the shouts of the victors, mingling in
tumultuous uproar, formed a scene that can better be imagined than

The following statements are from Sergeant Montgomery Orr, of Capt.
Barton's Company, (one of the Companies first attacked) and that of
William Brigham, a private of the late Captain Whitney's Company of
Riflemen, who was on his post, in front of Barton's Company, at the
time of the attack; the latter of whom was mortally wounded, and died
of his wounds a few weeks afterwards at Vincennes. Their veracity is
unquestionable, and as I had the recital from their own lips, I do not
hesitate to declare my belief of them.

    _Statement of Sergeant Orr._

    "About 20 minutes, before the attack, I got up and went to the
    door of my tent, (No. 1.) and overheard the sentinels talking in
    front--listened, but could not distinctly hear what was said--it
    was rainy and very dark.--I laid down and was partly asleep, when
    some person rushed by and touched the corner of the tent--I sprang
    partly up--all was still. I jogged Corpl. Thomas, (who slept in
    the same tent) and asked, "if he did not hear somebody run by the
    tent?"--He said, "no--I've been asleep." I then laid down again,
    when something struck the top of the tent--Corpl. Thomas rose up,
    took his gun; in a moment three or four rifles were discharged at
    the very door of the tent, and an awful yell ensued--Thomas fell
    back on to me--I said, "Corpl. Thomas, for God's sake don't give
    back"--he made me no answer,--for he was a dead man.--I got out of
    the tent as soon as possible--the men were in confusion, some in
    front and some in the rear of the tents firing--the Indians within
    a rod of us.--Capt. Barton ordered the men to form instantly--they
    were too much broken, and no regular line could be formed; but
    they kept up a steady fire on the Indians, who fell back. Capt.
    Griger's company of militia, stationed near us, were in great
    confusion--they could hardly be distinguished from the Indians--I
    received a wound and was obliged to retire."

    _Statement of William Brigham._

    "On the night of the battle, I was warned for Guard, and took post
    a little after sunset--Wm. Brown, (a regular) was the sentinel on
    my left, and a militia man on my right. These three posts were
    directly in front of Capt. Barton's Company of U.S. Infantry.

    "I examined the ground adjacent to my post very particularly. There
    was a small thicket of willows, on a stream of water, about two rods
    in front of my post, and high grass between me and the willows--I
    observed it to be a favorable place for the approach of Indians and
    determined to be on the alert. Capt. Barton's Company were a few
    feet higher, and between us there were logs and some small bushes. I
    was relieved off post about 10 o'clock--At 3 o'clock I again took
    post; very dark, and rainy. I had resumed my station about half an
    hour, when I heard a faint whistle, not far from Wm. Brown's post,
    as I supposed--he called to me; but I did not think it prudent to
    answer--however, after he had called several times, I answered
    "holloa"--says he, "look sharp"--[the usual word of _caution_
    between sentinels]--I kneeled down, with my gun on a charge. It was
    so very dark that no object could be discerned within three feet of
    me, and I could hear nothing except the rustling noise occasioned by
    the falling rain among the bushes. At this time, Brown, (being much
    alarmed) very imprudently left his post, and came towards me. I
    heard light footsteps--presented my gun, and should have fired upon
    him had he not that moment spoke, much agitated--"Brigham, let us
    fire and run in--you may depend on it there are Indians in the
    bushes." I told him not to fire yet for fear we should give a false
    alarm.--While we were standing together, something struck in the
    brush near us, (I suppose an arrow)--we were both frightened and run
    in without firing--the Indians close upon our heels--we passed
    swiftly by Capt. Bartons's tents--I soon afterwards fell into Capt.
    Wilson's Company of militia, where I received a wound which broke my
    right arm."

Had this attack been delayed but ten minutes longer, the troops would
have been formed in line of battle, and in readiness to receive
it.--The General had arisen but a few moments previous to its
commencement, and in four minutes more would have ordered the usual
signal (three taps of the drum) to be given for the troops to rise and
stand to their arms. The orderly Musician at the same time stood in
readiness for that purpose, awaiting the orders of the General.--Some
of the troops were up, and sitting by the fires; many of which had
been furnished with fresh fuel, and the light arising from them, must
have afforded the Indians a pretty correct view of our situation, and
of the most proper place to make their assault. Every exertion was
made to extinguish these fires the moment the attack commenced, which
could not be but imperfectly accomplished, as the Indian marksmen were
sure to pick off whoever approached them.

It was truly unfortunate that these fires were not extinguished the
moment the troops retired to rest; for it is certain that the Indians
derived a great advantage from this circumstance in the course of the

The hasty charge made by Major Daviess to dislodge the Indians from
behind the trees on the left of the front line, was made with only 20
of his dragoons, dismounted; and its fatal consequence to the Major,
was in a great measure owing to his having on a white blanket
surstuot. He was easily distinguished by the Indians, and received
three balls in his body; he immediately fell, exclaiming, "I am a
dead man;" he was taken up and lived, however, till the close of
the action. The fall of this brave and amiable officer was greatly
lamented by the army, as well as the citizens of the state of
Kentucky, where he held the office of Attorney General. He volunteered
his services in the expedition under Gen. Harrison, who, knowing his
worth, appointed him to the command of the volunteer dragoons.

Col. Owen, another brave officer, considerably advanced in years, and
acting as aid-de-camp was shot from his horse by the side of the
General, and immediately expired. Judge Taylor, the other aid, had
his horse shot under him; in their fall the horse came on top of the
Judge, where he lay confined for some time, unable to extricate
himself; he was relieved from this disagreeable situation by a
soldier, who happened to pass near him.

Capt. Baen, who had been with us but a few days, was shockingly mangled
with the tomahawk;--he was taken up in a delirious state, and died a
short time afterwards.--There was but one other instance of any person
being tomahawked in this engagement; which was a private soldier of
Capt. Snelling's company, upon a charge in the midst of the Indians.

Gen. Harrison received a shot through the rim of his hat. In the heat of
the action, his voice was frequently heard and easily distinguished,
giving his orders in the same calm, cool, and collected manner with
which we had been used to receive them on a drill or parade.--The
confidence of the troops in the General was unlimited, and his measures
were well calculated to gain the particular esteem of the 4th Regt. All
kinds of petty punishments, inflicted without authority, for the most
trifling errors of the private soldier, by the pompous sergeant, or the
insignificant corporal,[1] were at once prohibited.--A prohibition of
other grievances which had too long existed, in this Regiment, at once
fixed in the breast of every soldier, an affectionate and lasting regard
for their General. The benefit of which was fully realized in the
conduct of the troops in the engagement, as well as throughout the

          [1] This is not intended to apply to the _whole_ of the
          Non-commissioned officers of the 4th--there were many
          honorable exceptions; those of my comrades who may peruse
          this Journal, well know how to make the selection.

After the action, a soldier of the Kentucky militia, discovered an
Indian at some distance above the encampment, leading a horse out of
the woods, into some high grass in the prairie; he caught his rifle
and made after him. The Indian had loaded his horse with two others
wounded, and was returning, when the Kentuckian gave a whoop,
discharged his rifle, brought the Indian down, and returned in triumph
to the camp, leading in his horse.

One Indian only broke through the lines into the encampment, and he
was immediately afterwards dispatched by Capt. Adams, the pay-master
of the regiment.

The force of the enemy in the engagement could never be correctly
ascertained; but from the best information that could be obtained, it
was calculated to amount to between ten and twelve hundred warriors,
headed by Winnemac, a Kickapoo Chief,--and that they lost about four
hundred in killed and wounded. Our loss amounted to forty-one killed,
and one hundred forty-seven wounded. The names of those of the 4th
regt are given in the latter part of this Journal.

A Potawatimie Chief was found severely wounded on the field, sometime
after the action. He was brought before the General, and expressed the
greatest sorrow at what had happened--and accused the Prophet of
deceiving them. His wounds were dressed by the surgeon, and the best
care taken of him while he remained with us on the ground. The Gen.
left with him a speech to be delivered to the Indians, if they should
return to the battle ground.

Nov. 8.--A small detachment of mounted men were ordered to advance to
the Prophet's town, and see what had become of the Indians. They
entered the town and found an aged squaw only, who informed them that
the Indians had left it in great haste, immediately after the action,
and had crossed the Wabash.--It was a handsome little Indian village
of between one and two hundred huts or cabins, and a large store
house, containing about 3,000 bushels of corn and beans. In their
hasty retreat they left many articles of value to themselves, which
except a few were destroyed in the conflagration of the town.

Nov. 9. After destroying considerable of our baggage, in order to make
room in the waggons for the conveyance of the wounded, we began our
march on the return to Vincennes expecting the Indians would follow
and attack us. Such an event was greatly to be dreaded; as we were
nearly out of provisions, and had upwards of a hundred and thirty
wounded men to be attended to, who were painfully situated in the
waggons, especially those who had broken limbs, by their continual
jolting, on an unbeaten road through the wilderness.

Having suffered severely in consequence of the light afforded the
Indians from our fires in the late attack, we adopted another method
on our return, by building large fires some distance beyond the line
of sentinels, while those in the encampment were extinguished on our
retiring to rest; which in case of an attack, would have been of much
service by placing the enemy between us and the fires. The sentinels
on post at night having been frequently alarmed by lurking Indians,
would place a stake in the ground about the height of a man, and hang
their blanket and cap upon it, and retire a few paces behind some log
or tree; as it had become hazardous for sentinels to walk their posts
while the Indians were continually hovering about them. It was said
that arrows had been found in some of the blankets put up in this
manner, which is very probable, as they would approach within a few
feet of a sentinel in the stillest night, without being discovered, as
was the case at Fort Harrison, where a sentinel was shot down by an
Indian, who had made his way through a thicket of bushes directly in
front, and within twelve feet of the man on post.

On the 14th we arrived at the small block-house on the Vermillion
river, where we left our sick, who had looked with painful anxiety for
our safe return. The vigilance of Sergeant Reed, who commanded at this
place was highly applauded in the arrest of two militia men, who
deserted us the moment the action commenced, and fled with such
precipitancy that they reached the block-house the night following,
informing Sergeant Reed that the army was defeated, and nearly all
were destroyed,--advising him to leave the place and hasten back to
Fort Harrison. Their advice was disregarded by the sergeant, who put
them under arrest. The express on his way to Vincennes a few hours
afterwards passed the block-house, and informed them of the success of
our engagement.

We suffered much for the want of provisions during our march to this
place. Many of the troops had made use of horse meat to satisfy their
craving appetites for the last 5 days. Col. Miller, then at Fort
Harrison, being apprized of our destitute situation, immediately
dispatched a boat with fresh provisions to our relief, which
fortunately arrived at the block-house nearly at the same time with
the army.

Nov. 15.--The wounded were placed in boats, and arrived at Fort
Harrison on the morning of the ensuing day. Capt. Snelling with his
company were left to garrison the Fort, and the army proceeded on
their march.

The author being one of the wounded, was put on board a boat with
other disabled men and sent down the river to Vincennes.--About 12
o'clock at night the boat we were in struck on a sand bank; which
obliged us to lay by until the next morning. The night, as may be
supposed, was passed in a very uncomfortable manner--the weather was
freezing cold, and our wounds which had not been dressed for two days
past, became stiff and extremely painful.

Nov. 19.--Arrived at Vincennes nearly at the same time the army did
by land, and immediately after were placed in excellent quarters,
and every possible attention paid to the sick and wounded, by Gov.
Harrison and Col. Boyd, who always evinced the most anxious solicitude
for the welfare of their soldiers.

Nothing more was heard from the Indians until the latter part of Dec.
when a Kickapoo Chief, bearing a white flag, with a few others, who
were desirous of concluding a peace with the United States, came to
Vincennes with the intention of holding a council for that purpose.
The Governor informed them that he did not consider them as qualified
for making a treaty which would be binding on their leader the
Prophet; and therefore no treaty would be made unless the Prophet was
present at the council, with his principal chiefs.

They informed the Governor that the warriors of the Prophet had all
left him; reproaching him with being the instigator of all their
misfortunes, and threatened to put him to death.--They were impressed
with a belief that they could defeat us with ease; and intended to
have attacked us in our camp at Fort Harrison, had we remained there a
week longer.

The Potawatimie chief who was taken prisoner by us and left on the
battle ground, they said, had since died of his wounds; but that he
faithfully delivered the speech of the Governor, to the different
tribes, and urged them to abandon the Prophet, and agree to the terms
offered them by the Governor.

March 10, 1812.--We experienced some heavy shocks of an Earthquake
about this time, which occasioned considerable alarm; but did no
other damage than throwing down a few chimnies in the town.--On the
Mississippi the shocks were more severe, where considerable damage
was done, especially to buildings. It is said the motion of the earth
in that quarter was from six to eight inches to and fro; but at
Vincennes, 250 miles to the north, it did not exceed three inches in
the heaviest shocks, as was ascertained with a lead ball suspended by
a thread from the ceiling in the house.--The duration of the longest
shock was about 3 minutes--they continued at intervals throughout the

March 29.--About 150 Indians who were said to have remained neutral in
the late contest, came to Vincennes, and encamped about two miles north
of the town. They were requested to deliver up their arms, and a guard
of soldiers should be placed over them for their _protection_, and tents
supplied them while they tarried with us: this they complied with, and
desired an audience of the Governor on the ensuing day, which was

In Council, they declared their detestation of the Prophet and his
adherents, expressing their wishes to remain in peace and friendship
with their father, the President of the U. States.--The Governor, in
a short reply, warned them against entering into any alliance with
the Prophet and his warriors--telling them, if he should again be
disturbed, and obliged to come among them, it would be out of his
power to restrain his young warriors from destroying them all. A
treaty was signed, and the Indians received their annual presents of
blankets, broadcloths, calicoes, &c. and left the town for their

April 2.--The Indians again came in, habited in their new dresses,
performing their dances through the town, to the great diversion of
the Regiment, who were unacquainted with their peculiarities, except
their propensity to deception and treachery; the ill consequences of
which we had been taught at the battle of Tippecanoe.--Towards evening
they retired in good order, and soon after received their arms, and
returned to their villages up the Wabash.

There were still remaining many refractory Indians on the Wabash, who
would agree to no terms of peace with the U. States. They had even
opened the graves of our unfortunate comrades who fell in the late
action--stripped and scalped them, and left their bodies above ground.
Col. Miller was preparing to send a detachment of troops to the battle
ground to have them again interred; but some friendly Indians
undertook this office, and the bodies were again replaced.

April 4.--Information was received of the murder of a family of
seven persons on White river, and others in Indiana, besides many
depredations on the Mississippi. The settlers were alarmed, and fled
to the forts and the most populous towns for protection, leaving their
property to the mercy of the savages.

April 9.--A family on the Embaras river, only seven miles from
Vincennes, consisting of a man, his wife and three small children,
were massacred while in the act of leaving their home for the purpose
of finding protection at Vincennes. A young man who had resided with
the family escaped and fled to Vincennes, where he arrived about 12
o'clock at night, and gave the alarm; the troops were immediately
called to arms, expecting an attack upon the town. The next day Col.
Miller, with a small detachment from the regiment, proceeded to the
river Embaras, where they found the bodies of the murdered family,
shockingly cut up with the tomahawk and scalping knife. The man had
his breast opened, his entrails torn out and strewed about the ground.
They were all scalped except an infant child in the mother's arms,
which was knocked on the head.--The bodies were decently interred and
the party returned to Vincennes without being able to discover the
perpetrators of this horrid massacre.

We received information soon after the above transaction, that the
famous Indian Chief, Tecumseh, brother to the Prophet, had collected a
considerable force on the Wabash with the intention of attacking the
town of Vincennes,--saying to the Governor--"You have destroyed my
town in my absence; I shall, when the corn is two inches high destroy
yours before your face." Tecumseh was not an enemy to be despised;
and the information of his approach towards Vincennes, created
considerable alarm among the inhabitants. The town was filled with
families who came to avoid the fury of the savages. Many of the
principal dwelling-houses were piqueted in, and the militia were
called upon to be at their posts at a moment's warning;--thus were we
kept in fearful apprehension of an attack being made upon us by the
Indians, whenever we should retire to rest; add to this the frequent
shocks of earthquakes, and the reader may imagine the unhappy
situation in which we were placed.

A serious misunderstanding had for some time existed between Gov.
Harrison and Col. Boyd, the grounds of which, the author could never
correctly ascertain; yet was supposed to originate from some hasty
remark of Col. Boyd upon the conduct of the militia of Indiana, during
the campaign; and perhaps he had laid claim to a greater share of the
laurels won in the late engagement, than the people of Indiana were
willing to allow him; however, it is admitted by all, that the
bravery, good order and discipline of 4th Regiment secured to the army
the victory at Tippecanoe;--for this Col. Boyd deserves the highest

April 17.--Col. Boyd left Vincennes for the city of Washington, and
Col. Miller assumed the command of the Regiment, when we soon after
received orders from Government to march to Dayton, in the State of
Ohio, there to join the army under Brigadier Gen. Hull.--The citizens
of Vincennes, sincerely lamented our departure, as there would be but
a small force left for their protection against the savages, who had
now assumed a formidable aspect, and threatened destruction to the
place.--Capt. Snelling, and his Company arrived from Fort Harrison,
where they had been stationed during the winter.

May 3d.--We swung our knapsacks and commenced our march for the falls
of the Ohio;--The road was so very bad that we were obliged to keep
pioneers in advance to clear it, which greatly retarded our march. We
observed on our rout through Indiana, several houses piquetted in,
where a number of families had collected, and formed little garrisons,
to defend themselves against the Indians, who daily committed the most
flagrant depredations upon the defenceless emigrant; we frequently saw
men armed going to their fields to work, leaving their women and
children to garrison their dwellings until their return in the

May 11.--We arrived on the banks of the Ohio, and immediately crossed
the river to Louisville, (Ken.) where great respect was manifested
towards us.--Many of the citizens of this place had fought by our
sides at the battle of Tippecanoe.

May 12--We proceeded on our march, and on the 16th reached the arsenal
at Newport, and halted one day.

May 18--We crossed the Ohio river again at Newport to Cincinnati,
where we were highly honored by the patriotic citizens of this
beautiful and flourishing town.--A grand salute was fired from two
field pieces while we were crossing the river.--We landed and formed
on its bank and were escorted through the town by a fine looking
Company of Artillery.--In one of the principal streets through which
we passed, a triumphal arch was erected, ornamented with wreaths of
evergreen, and the words "_Heroes of Tippecanoe_" were displayed
in large characters over the arch. We marched a few miles from the
town and encamped, where we were bountifully regaled by the generous
inhabitants of the place.

May 19th--Proceeded on our march to Dayton, where we arrived about the
first of June--Gen. Hull had left this place and gone on to Urbana
with the army, forty miles further.

June 3d--Arrived at Urbana, and joined Gen. Hull's army composed of
three Regiments of Ohio militia volunteers, commanded by Colonels
M'Arthur, Cass and Findley. Here we were received with a repetition of
the honors shewn us at Cincinnati, and obtained a short respite from
our long and fatiguing march from Indiana; having come the distance of
nearly four hundred miles, with but one day's rest.

June 13th.--Col. M'Arthur's regiment of militia left the encampment
and proceeded on the march for Detroit, with orders to build
block-houses at the distance of every twenty miles, and to cut a road
for the march of the army.

June 15th.--The army followed on the route of Col. M'Arthur;--the
weather was extremely wet, and the new road had become a perfect slough
nearly the whole distance to the River Scioto, which contributed greatly
to retard our progress,--having many waggons attached to the army, we
were frequently obliged to halt and relieve them from the mire--We
came up with M'Arthur's regiment at the Scioto, where they were just
completing a large block-house. A militia sentinel was shot through the
body while peaceably walking his post, by one of his comrades in the
regiment, without any previous provocation being given by the deceased.
His punishment was as singular as his crime. A Court Martial found him
guilty of murder, and he was sentenced to have both _ears cropped_, and
both cheeks branded with the letter M. which was immediately put in

June 17th.--Col. M'Arthur's regiment again went forward;--on the 20th
the army followed. An extensive swamp we had to pass through, called
the Black Swamp, rendered it impossible to carry our baggage on
waggons; it was therefore found necessary to transfer the flour to
pack-horses, which was put up in bags for the purpose. Much rain
having previously fallen, we had to wade for whole days through mud
and water, tormented in the extreme both night and day by the stings
of the innumerable musquetos and knats. The water we drank could only
be obtained from holes made by the pioneers in advance, or from places
where trees had been torn up by the roots.

It was thought that the Indians might cause us some trouble on our
march through this forest, and a temporary breast-work of felled trees
was erected each day on encamping--however, we received no annoyance
from any enemy, during our march to the Miami rapids, where we arrived
on the 29th, and found Col. M'Arthur encamped on a beautiful plain on
the bank of the river. On the opposite shore, we were told, was the
famous spot where, on the 20th Aug. 1794, Gen. Wayne gained an
important victory over a body of about 2000 Indians.

July 1--We crossed the river, and the 4th Regt. were mustered, when we
marched a few miles through a small village and encamped. Here the
General chartered a small schooner to take the sick and baggage, and
hospital stores of the army to Detroit, with Lieut. Gooding of the 4th
regiment, and lady, and the ladies of Lieuts. Bacon and Fuller, and
two Sergeants, Jennison and Forbush, and about thirty privates.--These
were all taken by the British brig Hunter, at the mouth of Detroit
river, and which was the first notice these people had of the
declaration of war.--The capture of this vessel was truly unfortunate
in its consequences to the American army, as many papers of great
importance, relative to our future operations, fell into the hands of
the enemy, besides the private baggage of some of the officers of the

[Illustration: ANTHONY WAYNE]

Mrs. Bacon and Mrs. Fuller were sent to Detroit by a flag of truce
immediately after the schooner was taken.--Mrs. Gooding preferred
remaining at Malden, with her husband, who was then seriously

July 2d--Proceeded on our march, and without any occurrence worthy of
notice, arrived at the river Huron on the 4th, and threw a bridge of
logs across for the passage of the waggons. The Indians from
Brownstown came to the river in considerable numbers, appearing very
friendly--seeing many waggons cross the bridge; while the main body of
the army were screened from their view by a piece of woods, they
expressed their surprize that Gen. Hull should think of taking the
Canadas, "with so many waggons and so few men!" and were very curious
to examine some of the waggons, to ascertain if the army was not
packed up within them. The army crossed the bridge and encamped. This
day being the anniversary of American Independence, an extra glass of
whiskey was issued to the troops on the occasion!

A little past sunset a rumor was spread in the camp, that an attack
was intended on our army by a large force of British and Indians. In
consequence we were called to arms, to which we stood by turns until
day-break. No attack was made. We received our first information here
of the declaration of War between the United States and Great-Britain.

July 5th--At sunrise we proceeded on our march without interruption,
and passed through a small Indian village called Brownstown. The
Indians appeared very friendly; some of their Chiefs came out and
saluted the General with great cordiality. About 5 o'clock, P.M. we
arrived within 3 miles of Detroit, at a place called Spring-Wells.

July 6th--Marched into the town of Detroit, and encamped. We continued
here 5 or 6 days, making preparations to cross the river into Upper
Canada. The troops were in much better health and spirits than was to
be expected after the performance of so long and laborious a march;
and all appeared anxious immediately to commence active operations
against the enemy.

July 12--A little before day the troops were turned out with great
silence and marched by detachments to the river, where we immediately
embarked on board of boats prepared for the purpose, with muffled
oars, and a few minutes after day-break we all safely landed in Upper
Canada.--We then marched a short distance down the river and formed
our encampment directly opposite to Detroit,--when the American
standard was hoisted, and the following Proclamation issued by Gen.

    _Inhabitants of Canada!_

    After thirty years of peace and prosperity, the United States have
    been driven to arms. The injuries and aggressions, the insults and
    indignities of Great Britain have once more left them no alternative
    but manly resistance or unconditional submission. The army under my
    command has invaded your country; the standard of the Union now
    waves upon the territory of Canada. To the peaceable unoffending
    inhabitants it brings neither danger nor difficulty. I come to find
    enemies, not to make them, I come to protect, not to injure you.

    Separated by an extensive wilderness from Great Britain, you have
    no participation in her councils, no interest in her conduct. You
    have felt her tyranny, you have seen her injustice. But I do not
    ask you to avenge the one or to redress the other. The United
    States are sufficiently powerful to afford every security
    consistent with their rights and your expectations. I tender you
    the invaluable blessing of civil, political and religious liberty,
    and their necessary result, individual and general prosperity;
    that liberty which gave decision to our councils, and energy to
    our conduct in a struggle for independence,--which conducted
    us safely and triumphantly through the stormy period of the
    revolution--that liberty which has raised us to an elevated rank
    among the nations of the world; and which offered us a greater
    measure of peace and security, of wealth and improvement, than
    ever fell to the lot of any people. In the name of my country, and
    the authority of government, I promise you protection to your
    persons, property and rights; remain at your homes; pursue your
    peaceful and customary avocations; raise not your hands against
    your brethren. Many of your fathers fought for the freedom and
    independence we now enjoy. Being children therefore of the same
    family with us and heirs to the same heritage, the arrival of an
    army of friends must be hailed by you with a cordial welcome. You
    will be emancipated from tyranny and oppression, and restored to
    the dignified station of freedom. Had I any doubt of eventual
    success, I might ask your assistance, but I do not, I come
    prepared for every contingency. I have a force which will look
    down all opposition, and that force is but the vanguard of a
    much greater--If, contrary to your own interest and the just
    expectation of my country, you should take part in the approaching
    contest, you will be considered as enemies, and the horrors and
    calamities of war will stalk before you.

    If the barbarous and savage policy of Great Britain be pursued, and
    the savages are let loose to murder our citizens and butcher even
    women and children, _this war will be a war of extermination_.
    The first stroke of a tomahawk--the first attempt with the scalping
    knife, will be the signal of an indiscriminate scene of desolation.
    No white man found fighting by the side of an Indian will be taken
    prisoner--instant death will be his lot. If the dictates of reason,
    duty, justice and humanity cannot prevent the employment of a force
    which respects no rights, and knows no wrong, it will be prevented
    by a severe and relentless system of retaliation. I doubt not your
    courage and firmness--I will not doubt your attachment to liberty.
    If you tender your services voluntarily, they will be accepted
    readily. The United States offer you peace, liberty and security.
    Your choice lies between these and war, slavery and destruction.
    Choose then, but choose wisely; and may He who knows the justice of
    our cause, and who holds in His hands the fate of nations, guide you
    to a result the most compatible with your rights and interests, your
    peace and happiness.

The troops considered this Proclamation as highly indicative of
energetic measures; although the "_exterminating_" avowal was
disapproved of by the advocates of humanity and generosity to a fallen
enemy. The Canadians, who had fled from their homes on our entering
Canada, or were doing duty in the service of the Crown at Fort Malden,
returned to their dwellings, and sought protection from the American
army; such was their confidence in the ability of Gen. Hull to afford
them protection, that many of them had expressed their willingness to
join our army whenever it should be ready to march against the enemy's
post at Malden.

The Indians also seemed willing to remain neutral rather than to take
up the tomahawk against a force which to them appeared so formidable
as that of the American army. The troops were in high spirits, and
loudly expressed their anxious wish to be immediately led on against
the enemy--instead of which, or taking any advantage of the favorable
moment offered to strike the important blow, the services of all the
carpenters, blacksmiths, and artificers of every kind were put in
requisition; building gun carriages, scaling-ladders, and gundolas for
the transportation of our heavy ordnance.--In short, the preparations
which were making seemed to bespeak some grand and brilliant
achievement, unparallelled in the annals of martial prowess.

July 14--Col. M'Arthur was detached with 150 men to the river Thames,
where he captured a considerable quantity of provisions, blankets,
arms and ammunition, while another party secured several hundred
merino sheep at Belle Donne, the property of the Earl of Selkirk.

July 15--Col. Cass with a detachment of about 300 men, left the
encampment to reconnoitre the enemy's advanced posts. They were found
in possession of the bridge over Aux Canard river, five miles from
Malden. A detachment of regular troops passed the river to the south
side at a ford about 5 miles above the bridge, thence down to the
enemy, whom they attacked and drove from their position. The militia
behaved in this affair with the greatest gallantry;--three times the
British formed, and as often were compelled to retreat. The loss on
our part was trifling. One prisoner was taken, and Col. Cass encamped
during the night on the scene of action without molestation.

Frequent skirmishing took place between other detachments which were
sent to reconnoitre the enemy. In one of these rencontres we lost
seven killed and eleven wounded. Such skirmishing, marching and
countermarching by detachments from the army, without obtaining any
advantage over the enemy had become irksome to the troops and loud
murmuring took place.

Sergeant Forbush, one of the prisoners confined at Malden, found means
to have a letter conveyed to his Captain, (Burton) informing of the
weak state of that post; it is even said the prisoners might at one
time have taken it with ease, as all the force of the enemy had
crossed the river to the American side, and left but a sergeant's
guard at the fort.--It was further stated, at the time Col. Cass drove
the British from their position at the river aux Canard, an immediate
attack was expected upon the town and fort, and that preparations were
made to secure the public property, and to make good their retreat in
the event of an assault by our army.

July 21--A large schooner was taken possession of at Sandwich and
towed up the river to Detroit, and men employed to fit her up for the
service. A cartel arrived from Fort Michillimacinac with American
prisoners, who had surrendered that post to the enemy without
resistance.--They were ignorant of the declaration of war until they
were made prisoners. Nothing further of consequence took place for
eight or ten days. The vast preparations for an attack on Malden were
still progressing with great industry. The militia from that place
were daily coming in to join our standard, and it was expected an
immediate attack upon that fort would now be made.

August 4--Major Van Horn, of Col. Findley's regiment was detached with
200 men to the river Raisin, for the purpose of escorting a quantity
of provisions to the army, which were at that place under the charge
of Capt. Brush. He was attacked in the woods of Brownstown by a large
body of Indians while his men were partaking of a little refreshment.
So sudden and unexpected was the attack that it was impossible to form
the men in line of battle, although every exertion was made by the
officers for that purpose. In this defeat seven officers and ten
privates were killed, and many more wounded--They retreated in great
disorder, leaving part of their killed on the field.

Aug. 5.--Orders are at last issued by Gen. Hull for the army to be in
readiness to take the field against the enemy; the first step for this
purpose, was to _abandon_ our position in Upper Canada, and return to
Detroit; which was accomplished on the night of the 6th, leaving a
detachment, however, to garrison a small fort we had built during our
stay at Sandwich: this also was shortly after set fire to and abandoned.

Aug. 8.--In consequence of the failure of the expedition under Major
Van Horn, the 4th Regt. with a detachment from the militia, all under
the command of Col. Miller, left Detroit about 3 o'clock P.M. and
proceeded on our march to open the communication with Capt. Brush, who
had fortified himself on the banks of the river Raisin. A little past
sunset we arrived at the river De Coss, which we crossed, and encamped
without tents.--Early next morning continued our march and about 12
o'clock our Cavalry were fired upon by some Indian scouts, who had
stationed themselves behind an old log hut, and killed one and wounded
another of the dragoons. The line of battle was instantly formed, and
we advanced rapidly forward, for a considerable distance, but no enemy
could be discovered.--We halted to refresh on an open field, where we
tarried a short time, and again proceeded on our march.--At 3 o'clock,
P.M. the vanguard, commanded by Capt. Snelling, was fired upon by an
extensive line of British troops. Capt. Snelling maintained his
position in a most gallant manner until the main body could be formed
in line of battle, and advance to his relief; when the whole,
excepting the rear guard was brought into action in a masterly style
by our brave Commander.--The enemy were formed in an advantageous
position behind a breast-work of felled trees; we had advanced but a
few rods towards their works before a large body of Indians arose upon
each flank of the British and poured a tremendous fire of rifles into
our ranks; and in a moment dropped down behind their logs. We still
continued on the advance, and could discover nothing but the smoke
from their discharge until nearly upon them with the bayonet, which
they perceived, before they had time to reload, and retreated to a
second breast-work; but they, as well as the British, were driven from
every place wherever they attempted to make a stand. The rout became
general, and the pursuit continued for about two miles, to the village
of Brownstown, where the British took to their boats, and the Indians
to the woods.--Col. Miller had directed a charge to be made by the
Cavalry, while the enemy were in full rout; which was not done,
although Capt. Snelling offered himself to lead them on in person.
This cowardice of the Cavalry alone saved the enemy from destruction.
In the action an Indian had climbed into the top of a large tree, from
which he discharged many arrows into our ranks, but was discovered by
the soldiers, and brought down very suddenly. Another Indian who had
been wounded, and lay in the woods unable to move from his place, had
loaded his rifle and shot down a militia soldier, who was in search
of some of his fallen comrades; a party near by heard the report of
the rifle, came up and dispatched the Indian while in the act of
reloading, for another victim who might pass in his way.--Our killed
and wounded were collected before dark and brought to the camp;
consisting of 18 killed and 58 wounded. The loss of the British and
Indians were 100 killed, and nearly twice that number wounded. Many
of them were picked up and brought into camp the same evening, and
their wounds carefully attended to. The British were commanded in
this action by Major Muir, and the Indians by Tecumseh, Marpot and
Walk-in-the-water. Their force consisted of three hundred Regulars and
five hundred Indians, nearly one third greater than the American force
under Col. Miller.

The only Officers of the 4th Regt. wounded, were Lieut. Larabee, a
brave officer who lost an arm--and Lieut. George P. Peters, who
commanded the late Capt. Wentworth's company.

Aug. 10.--Boats from Detroit arrived to take up the wounded. On their
return they were fired upon by the British brig Hunter, and even after
the wounded were transferred from the boats to waggons, this vessel
took several positions to harass them on their return to Detroit.

Col. Miller had determined to push on to the river Raisin; for which
purpose the troops were paraded in readiness to march; but the Col.
was suddenly attacked by a fit of the fever and ague, with which he
had been partially afflicted from the time of his severe illness at
Fort Harrison in Indiana. We therefore continued on the ground this
day, expecting provisions from Detroit, but none arrived. We observed
the British to be busy in crossing over troops from Malden a few miles
below us, and concluded they intended an attack upon our encampment
the following night. About sunset an express arrived in Camp from the
General at Detroit, with a peremptory order for the troops to return
that evening to the river De Coss. We were immediately formed and
proceeded on our return. It having rained the whole of the day, and
the night being extremely dark, it was with great difficulty we
reached the river; being without tents we were wet to the skin; many
lost their shoes in the mud and came on barefoot. About 2 o'clock the
next morning we arrived at the river, and after partaking of some
refreshment, which had been sent to this place, we spread our
blankets, which were wet as well as the ground we lay upon; and
notwithstanding our uncomfortable situation we slept soundly until day

Aug. 11.--Continued on our march, re-crossed the river De Coss, and
arrived at Detroit about 12 o'clock.

Aug. 12.--The British had taken possession of the ground we had
abandoned at Sandwich, and commenced throwing up their works; at which
they continued without interruption until the 15th, working in open
day. Our troops were also employed in erecting batteries on the bank
of the river, opposite to those of the British.

Aug. 14.--A detachment of three hundred and fifty troops from
M'Arthur's and Cass' regiments were ordered to the river Raisin to
escort up the provisions which had so long remained there under the
protection of Captain Brush. This was the _third_ detachment which had
been sent on that service.

Aug. 15.--The enemy had completed their batteries, and about 10
o'clock, P.M. Gen. Brock, the British commander, sent over a flag of
truce from Sandwich, with a summons for the surrender of the town and
fort; stating that he could no longer restrain the fury of the
savages, and should at 3 o'clock, commence a cannonade upon the place
unless the summons was complied with. A prompt and spirited refusal
was returned. At 4 o'clock their batteries were opened upon the town,
from two 18 pounders and a howitzer. Their fire was briskly returned
from our two batteries of three 24 pounders, and continued without
interruption until dark. In the evening they commenced throwing
shells, and did not cease until 9 o'clock. No person was hurt, or but
little damage done, except to a few buildings in the town.

Aug. 16.--At day light the firing recommenced upon the fort, where was
stationed the 4th regiment. Not a gun was fired from this place in
return. Five men were killed and wounded in the fort, where the Gen.
and some citizens from the town had repaired. At sunrise the Indians
appeared in the woods back of the town, while the British were seen
landing from the Queen Charlotte at Spring Wells, three miles below
us. About 8 o'clock they began to move towards us in close column. It
was now that we every moment expected the orders of the Gen. to march
out and commence the battle which was to decide the fate of this
army.--The long wished for moment had now arrived; the eyes of
the soldiers of the 4th regiment were turned towards their brave
Commander, Col. Miller, and seemed to express the ardent wishes of the
men for _him_ to give the word and lead the way.

The militia were posted outside of the fort, behind a line of pickets.
Two 24 pounders loaded with grape shot were placed in a situation to
sweep the advancing column of the enemy.

The British troops advanced with a regular step, and in fine order.
All was silent in the fort--"Not a discontent broke upon the ear--Not
a look of cowardice met the eye." We listened in eager expectation,
that each moment our ears would be saluted from the discharge of
the 24 pounders. What was our surprise when we beheld the militia
retreating towards the fort, and at the same time an American Officer
on horseback riding towards the British column bearing a _white flag_,
while another was placed on the parapet of the fort. A soldier
attempted to knock it down with his musquet--an officer stepped up and
commanded him to desist--"There sir," says the soldier, pointing to
the American colors, then waving on the flag-staff--"_There is the
flag I choose to fight under!_"--Such was the spirit which animated
the whole body of the troops. A British officer rode up to the fort,
and in thirty minutes afterwards a capitulation was signed. The
Adjutant soon after came in and informed the troops that we must
consider ourselves prisoners of war to His Britannic Majesty's forces
under Gen. Brock.

Such curses and imprecations as were now uttered by the soldiers upon
the head of our General, were perhaps never before made use in any
army.--"_Treachery_"--"_We are sold_"--was the cry throughout.

We were ordered to pack up our effects as soon as possible. Some
officers entered the loft of the store house, where they found a few
articles of clothing, which was distributed among us. The militia had
been crowded into the fort which now was nearly filled with troops, in
great disorder.

At 12 o'clock the British marched in and took possession of the
fort. We were then ordered to shoulder arms and march out in
sections.--Passing near the British, we observed the greater part of
their troops to be Militia, having "_Canadian Militia_," stamped on
the buttons of their coats, which were _red_, and gave them the
appearance of regulars.--Of the red coats there were 29 platoons, with
12 men to each, (348) and about the same number without uniforms.--We
were marched into a field adjoining the fort, and stacked our arms--a
British guard was immediately placed over them.

The colors of the 4th regiment were next brought out by the Adjutant
and delivered into the hands of a British officer. On observing this
the soldiers could not suppress their tears. These colors were a
present to the regiment by some ladies in Boston, and had been borne
victoriously on the banks of the Wabash, and the shores of Erie, and
at last are obliged to be shamefully surrendered to Canadian Militia,
in consequence of the _cowardly_, (if not treacherous) conduct of
our General.

The absence of Cols. M'Arthur and Cass was greatly lamented--had they
been present, doubtless an engagement would have taken place; but some
how or other the plans of the Gen. seemed to be more wisely arranged
for a surrender than a manly defence.

There were surrendered with the fort, 29 pieces of cannon, 2500 stands
of arms and a considerable quantity of military stores and provisions.

At 2 o'clock we were sent on board a schooner, (the same we had taken
possession of while at Sandwich) where wounded and sick men, women and
children were stowed away without discrimination. We received no
provisions from the British for two days; but fortunately some of the
men had brought a small quantity on board with them, which was shared
among us while it lasted.

Aug. 18.--We were transferred to another schooner and sent to Malden,
where we met with our former comrades who were taken prisoners on the
2nd July, confined on board an old vessel in the river. They said they
had been well treated by the British, but were frequently insulted by
the Indians who passed along the shore. Sergt. Jennison has favored
the author with the following minutes of the conduct of the Indians
while he remained a prisoner at Malden:

    "On the 18th July we were informed that an engagement took place at
    the river aux Canard between our troops and the British, and that
    the former were driven back. A British soldier was killed in the
    action, and buried near the river; the Indians afterwards dug up the
    body, (supposing him to be an American) and took off the scalp.
    Towards evening they came into the town with the scalp fixed to a
    pole, which they shook at us, saying "one yankee gone home.""

July 19.--A number of Indians came in from a skirmish with our troops,
having one of their number badly wounded; when they came opposite to
us, they suddenly halted and pointed their rifles towards us as we
were walking the deck, in order to frighten us, as we supposed; but
not taking any particular notice of them, they discharged several
pieces at us; some of their shot came very close, but they did no

July 21.--The Indians received new blankets and guns from the King's
store. An American prisoner was brought to the fort by the name of
Burns--he was shot through the thigh, and had been awfully beat by the
squaws: an officer found means to purchase him, and thereby saved his

Aug. 4.--The Indians at Brownstown agreed in council to take up the
tomahawk against the Americans, and a number of boats passed across
the river to assist them over with their effects.--Gen. Brock soon
after arrived with troops from York. Nothing more of consequence took
place here until the arrival of our troops from Detroit.

On our arrival at Malden we were put on board of different vessels in
the river: The private property taken in the schooner the 2d of July
was restored to its right owners.

Aug. 19.--The regular troops were put on board the Queen Charlotte and
another small vessel in the river. Provisions were dealt out to us,
consisting of pork and flour; but we had no convenience allowed us to
cook it, and were obliged to eat our pork raw. The flour, we contrived
to mix into small cakes, and when the greasy cook to the vessel saw
fit to grant us permission, we threw them into his kettle, where they
were boiled.

The Militia prisoners departed in two vessels for Cleveland where they
were to receive their paroles.

Aug. 20.--We set sail from Malden for fort Erie in the Queen Charlotte
and a schooner.--Our situation on board the schooner was truly
deplorable: being 150 of us in number, there was hardly room
sufficient for us to stand together in the hold. Only a few were
allowed to remain on deck at a time, and at night all were turned
below, where we were obliged to huddle together and each one rest the
best way he could. The hold became so foul before morning that the men
would gather at the hatchway, greatly distressed for fresh air.

After a passage of three days we arrived at Fort Erie, half famished
with hunger; although we had a plenty of provisions on board such as
it was;--raw pork and dough may answer two or three meals for a
_soldier_, but a continuance of such food would starve even him.

Aug. 23d.--We were landed, and informed that an armistice had been
concluded between the two governments.--We tarried here but a short
time--drew provisions for the day, and at ten o'clock we were formed,
and under a guard proceeded on our march for Fort George. As we passed
Black Rock, the American fort on the opposite shore, we beheld many of
our country soldiers viewing us from the ramparts. At sunset we
arrived at Chippewa and were confined in a large building where we
remained for that night. Two or three of our men escaped from the
British and crossed the river to the American side on a gate which
they had taken from the fence near the building where we were

Aug. 24.--A quantity of cooked provision was dealt out to us; and at 8
o'clock we again commenced our march; passed through Queenstown, and
arrived at Fort George, about two o'clock, P.M.--We were paraded and
a strict examination made for British deserters; but none were found
among us.

One of our men by the name of Barker, an American by birth, had been
previously claimed, and was taken from us as a British deserter--he
had been in the British service at Quebec several years before, and
from which he deserted, and enlisted at Fort Independence in Boston,
in 1809.

Aug. 27.--We embarked on board two gun brigs, the Royal George and
Prince Regent, and in two days arrived at Kingston, where we were well
treated and had plenty of provisions allowed us. One of our men was
prevailed upon to enter the British service, on board the Royal

Aug. 28.--Two hundred British troops arrived from Montreal in
Batteaux; and at the same time we received orders to be in readiness
to embark the next morning and proceed on our passage.

A Corporal and Musician of Captain Brown's Company made their escape
by swimming to a small island a short distance from where we were

Sept. 1.--We drew provisions for 4 days, and embarked on board the
batteaux, and ordered to Montreal. A strong guard of soldiers, in
boats carrying a small swivel in the bow, loaded with grape shot,
escorted us on our passage;--we were compelled to row ourselves in the
boats, which much fatigued us in our weakly situation; but complaints
were of no other consequence here than an addition of abuse: he who
complained least fared best.--Each night the boats were brought
ashore, and a guard lined the beach to prevent us from leaving them.

We were not allowed to go three rods from the boats, and if in that
compass we could procure fuel sufficient to cook our provision, it was
well, otherwise our next day's fare must be on raw pork, as usual. At
dark we were all driven to the boats, where we remained till morning,
in a very uncomfortable situation, there being from twelve to fifteen
men in each it was impossible to lay in any convenient position for
resting or sleep.

Sept. 7.--We arrived at a small village, seventeen miles from
Montreal--crowds of people had collected at this place, to have a peep
as they said, at Gen. Hull's "_exterminating yankees_,"--Our guard was
strengthened by a fine looking company of volunteers, and about three
o'clock we were paraded in sections, and commenced our march for the
city, where we arrived about 8 o'clock in the evening. The streets
through which we passed, and the houses were filled with spectators,
holding lights from their windows. A band of music joined the escort,
and struck up our much admired ditty, "_yankee doodle_," in which they
were joined by all of us who could whistle the tune; and like merry
yankee soldiers we jogged on, and when they ceased to play, yankee
doodle was loudly called for by the regiment. At last somewhat
mortified at our conduct, they began "Rule Britannia," which was
cheered by the multitude; but we still continued our favorite song,
some singing and others whistling till we reached the barracks.

Sept. 7.--Many people crowded about the barrack yard, but none were
permitted to converse with us. In the afternoon we were paraded by
companies, and a list descriptive of each individual of the regiment
was taken by the British officers.

Sept. 8.--We embarked on board of boats to descend the river to
Quebec--we arrived very late at the mouth of the river Sorel, and were
immediately landed; passing two lines of soldiers with charged
bayonets, to a large stone house, and were shut close during the
night. Notwithstanding our repeated calls for water not a drop would
they allow us; neither would they permit us to pass out in any case
whatever. At sunrise we were turned out and ordered to the boats, and
were permitted to cook our breakfasts on the shore, provided we could
find fuel near us, for they would allow us none but what we could pick
up about the boats. It is somewhat singular that our officers, (many
of whom were with us) could be so regardless of our situation. Had
they manifested the same spirit for the welfare of their men in
_captivity_, that they did in _active service_, we should never have
been so shamefully abused. Sergeant Tracy of the late Capt. Baen's
company, was the only man among us who had spirit enough to speak
_openly_ to the British officers of our treatment in this case--they
said that our being _closely confined_ was without the orders of the
commanding officer; and the officer who commanded the guard had been
severely reprimanded for his conduct--poor consolation enough for
_our_ sufferings.

Sept. 9.--We embarked and continued on our passage--four of our men
were missing.--At sunset we arrived at Cornwall--were landed, and
marched into the jail yard, which appeared by the filth about us, to
have been a rendezvous for all the hogs of the village. The gate was
closed upon us, and we spread our blankets upon the ground and lay
quietly until morning. We tarried here the following day, and no man
was permitted to leave the yard on any consideration whatever.

Sept. 11.--We proceeded on our passage, and about 4 o'clock, P.M.
arrived at a town called Three Rivers; here our guard was relieved by
a company of the Glengary regiment. In this company we recognized
several of the former soldiers of the 4th regiment, who had deserted
us on our march through Pennsylvania.

Sept. 13.--We arrived at Quebec; and were immediately put on board two
transport ships laying in the river; and here commenced the greatest
of our sufferings as prisoners of war. The weather was cool and we
were destitute of sufficient clothing; the provision which was dealt
out to us was fit for none but hogs. Each man received three sea
biscuit for his daily allowance, about the size of a saucer; these
were full of small worms, and we drew no better bread while we
continued on board. Beef and pork was given us once a week, in
quantities too small to satisfy our appetites. We also drew peas,
rice, and oatmeal, which after being boiled they called _Burgoo_,
or some such name;--it was bitter and not at all palatable even to
stomachs as hungry as ours. We complained, petitioned, and
remonstrated against such treatment; but no notice was taken of us
whatever. The healths of the men in a short time began to waste away,
and another vessel was prepared to receive the sick. The weather
becoming too cool for our comfort, we were supplied with blankets, and
in a short time afterwards we found ourselves covered with vermin,
which no doubt we received from these blankets, as they were old, and
had probably been used on board of other prison ships, previous to our
arrival. We formed a kind of police on board to keep ourselves as
clean and make our situation as comfortable as possible, and each of
the decks above and below was scraped and washed down once a day;--we
had no soap allowed us to wash our clothing, neither had we money to
buy a single article for our comfort; and even if we had, the
extravagant price demanded for all articles, would have taken nearly
the whole pay of a soldier for one year to supply him with necessaries
for a month.

Many of the men died here, and were buried back of the city. Our
situation became alarming, and a petition from the prisoners was drawn
up to be forwarded to the Commanding Officer at Quebec; but we
received the agreeable news that we were to be sent home on parole,
and of course it was withheld. Nothing could exceed the joy manifested
by the prisoners on the reception of this pleasing intelligence. Capt.
Baker, a few days previous arrived with money to pay off the men; but
only a few of the non-commissioned officers were paid, as it was
considered improper to give all the men their wages, in consequence of
the high price demanded for necessaries. Potatoes were sold on board
for half a dollar a peck, while they were selling in the city for half
a dollar per bushel; prices in the same proportion were set upon all
the articles we stood in need of.

Oct. 26.--Some of the non-commissioned officers were permitted to go
on shore and purchase necessaries for us on the passage; and had the
privilege of selling articles to the men, which was a great relief to
us, although _they_ also demanded an exorbitant price for their
goods;--taking advantage of the privilege given them to help their
suffering comrades, many of them had the niggardly meanness to turn it
into a speculating business;--however, there were a few nobler minded
ones, who did all in their power to alleviate our sufferings;--such
were sergeants Wright, Jennison, and Forbush, to whom many of the men
are indebted for their friendly assistance during our confinement.

Oct. 27.--The officers of the regiment who had been quartered in the
vicinity of Quebec arrived on board to take their passage with us to

Oct. 29.--Early in the morning we set sail from Quebec in company with
another transport with prisoners, for Boston.

Nothing of consequence took place except the death of one or two of
our men, until we arrived in the Gulph of St. Lawrence, where we
experienced a severe gale of wind, which drove us on our course at an
amazing rate. During this gale our situation was truly distressing;
some were sea-sick, others were frightened, and all expected to be
lost. Late at night, _breakers_ was cried out by the hands on deck,
and those among us who could be of any service, sprang from their
births, and assisted the seamen to put about the ship.

Nov. 14.--We had cleared the Grand Banks, and were far out at sea,
with very boisterous weather; many of the men had died and were cast
overboard. The weather was so foul and cloudy that no observation
could be taken, and the Captain of the vessel had been unwell during
the whole passage, and it was deemed necessary to make the nearest
port. We steered a N.W. direction, and on the 20th Nov. we discovered
land directly ahead, and made all sail for it.

About 12 o'clock we came up to the light house, and fired a signal gun
for a pilot--a man came off, and informed us where we were, (our
Captain being totally ignorant)--it proved to be Shelburne on the east
side of the bay of Fundy. The inhabitants came off in boats with
produce and fish, which they sold at a fair price. We tarried here the
day following our arrival, and a month's wages were paid to each man
to purchase themselves necessaries. In the passage to this place, we
had consigned the bodies of fifteen of our comrades to a watery tomb,
and two others died here, and were interred on the beach.

Nov. 24.--A pilot was taken on board, and we again set sail with a
fine breeze, and arrived at Boston the 28th Nov. 1812.

The other transport which sailed from Quebec in company with us,
arrived two days previous;--they had lost ten men, who died on the
passage; and in our passage we had thrown over thirty in the whole
number. The reader can form his own opinion from this one circumstance
of the severe treatment we had experienced in our captivity.

On our arrival at Boston, we had the good fortune to meet with our
late Colonel, then Gen. Boyd, who commanded at that place. As soon as
this benevolent officer was informed of the arrival and distressing
situation of his late regiment, he had the best quarters provided for
our reception at Charlestown, and provisions sent to us in abundance.
There were only two hundred of us now remaining of the regiment. We
tarried here until the 1st. of January, 1813, when each man received
his pay, clothing and furlough from Gen. Boyd, to return to their

Thus ends the Journal of the march of the 4th regiment of U.S.
Infantry. Perhaps no other regiment in any two campaigns since the
revolutionary war, have experienced greater hardships, performed more
toilsome marches, or fought better in the field of battle. For this we
have received our clothing, pay and rations, and the _thanks_ of our

    List of killed and wounded of the 4th Regiment U.S. Infantry, in
    the battle of Tippecanoe.

    Late Capt. _Whitney's_ Riflemen.

    Under the command of Lieut. Abraham Hawkins.

    Killed--Ira Trowbridge. Wounded--Ensign Buchested; Sergeant Reuben
    Newton; Sergeant Aaron W. Forbush; Adam Walker; Ebenezer T.
    Andrews; Wm. Brigham; Samuel Briggs; Eph. Hall; Edward R. Tuck;
    Israel Newhall; Samuel Thing.--Total 12.

    Capt. _Paul Wentworth's_ Company.

    Commanded in the action by Lieut. George P. Peters.

    Killed--Wm. H. King, private. Wounded--Lieut. George P. Peters;
    Corporal S. Johnson; Curtis Phipps; Charles Wait; Wm. Layman;
    Caleb Critchet; Jacob Kealer; Noah Furnald; Jos. Burditt, dead;
    Stanton Smiley; Nathaniel Haynes; Isaac M. Nute, dead.--Total 13.

    Capt. _W. C. Baen's_ Company.

    Wounded--Capt. W. C. Baen, dead; Dexter Earl, dead; Sylvester
    Dean; John Donnahue; Timo. Foster; John D. Jones; Daniel Rodman;
    John Mahannon; Fra's Nelson; Isaac Rathbone--.Total 10.

    Capt._ Snelling's_ Company.

    Killed--Joseph Tibbetts. Wounded--Ithiel Hathway,--Goodenough.
    --Total 3.

    The late Capt. _Welch's_ Company.

    Killed--Corporal James Mitchell; Corporal David L. Thompson; Levi
    Cary private--Wounded--Lieut. Geo. Gooding; Sergeant Montgomery
    Orr, dead; Corporal John Rice; Jona Crowell, dead; Daniel Gilman,
    dead; Stephen Pettis; Wm. Pomroy; Lucius Sallis; Jas. Stevenson,
    dead; Samuel Tibbetts, dangerous.--Total 10.

    Capt. _Barton's_ Company.

    Wounded--Daniel Kearness, dead; Lewis Taylor, dead; Lemuel E.
    Welch, dead; John Clark; Robert Douglas; Wm. Foster; Souther; Wm.
    Turner.--Total 8.

    Capt. _George W. Prescott's_ Company.

    Wounded--John Sandborn, dead.

    Capt. _R. B. Brown's_ Company.

    Wounded--John Yeomans, dead; Bliss Lovell, dangerous. Augustus
    Bradford.--Total 3.

    Capt. _Cook's_ Company.

    Wounded--Sergeant Henry Munn; Nathan Snow, dead; Amos Rice, dead;
    Daniel Lee, dead; Dennison Crumby, dead; Robert Thompson; Charles
    Coger, dangerous; Wm. M. Saunders; Daniel Rogers.--Total 9.

    Lt. _Albright's_ detached 1st. and 7th regiment.

    Killed--Isaac Butler. Wounded--Sergeant Walcott Babbit; Sergeant
    Nathan Fairbank; Samuel Potter, badly; Lewis Margum; Elisha
    Nappe.--Total 6.

    Killed--1 Capt., 2 Corporals, 19 privates. Wounded--3
    Subalterns--6 Sergeants--2 Corporals--1 Musician--44 Privates.
    Whole number, killed and wounded of the army--188.


At the retaking of Detroit, and the defeat of the army under Gen.
Proctor, extracted from the "_View of the N.W. Campaign_," by
Samuel R. Brown.

The chagrin and disappointment, added to the serious loss of the fine
army, under Gen. Hull, cast a temporary gloom over the whole union,
but this sentiment soon subsided, and all felt the necessity of
immediate action. Pennsylvania and Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio, all
felt eager to wipe away the deep stain on our national character.
Volunteers every where presented themselves, and but a short period
elapsed before an army was ready, as if by magic, to retrieve the
fortune of arms. A leader was wanting--all eyes looked with a common
impulse upon the hero of TIPPECANOE; the united voice of the people of
the west called on the Governor of Kentucky to dispense with all
formalities, and General _William Henry Harrison_, was brevetted a
major general, with directions to take command of the north-western

On the 3d of September, the Indians made a furious assault on Fort
Harrison. They kept up a brisk fire the whole night, and one time had
actually succeeded in making a breach in the defences of the place.
The roofs of the buildings were several times on fire; one of the
blockhouses was burnt. Captain Taylor, however, succeeded in defending
the post and finally beat them off. The scene was enough to try the
soul of a hero. There were but eighteen effective men in the fort, and
two of them, in a moment of despair, leapt the pickets to escape. The
night was dark--the yelling of several hundred savages, and the cries
of the women, were sufficient to excite terror in the stoutest heart.

On the 4th of September, Gen. Harrison arrived at Urbana and assumed
the command of the north-western army. The rapids of the Miami of the
Lakes were fixed upon as the point of concentration, the several corps
of which were to move in the following directions:--two thousand
Pennsylvania volunteers under General Crooks, were to move from
Pittsburgh along the shores of lake Erie: Gen. Tupper's brigade of
Ohio volunteers were to take Hull's route from Urbana to the Rapids:
fifteen hundred Virginians, under Brigadier Gen. Leftwich, were to
take the same route, whenever they should arrive. Gen. Payne's brigade
of Kentucky volunteers, with the 17th U. States' regiment, Col. Wells,
were to advance to Fort Wayne, and descend the Miami; such was the
disposition of the forces which were to constitute the _new_ army.

A considerable Indian force appeared before Fort Wayne on the 5th.
They invested the place closely for several days; they burnt the U.
States' factory and many other valuable houses. A brother of Gov.
Meigs, and two soldiers were killed near the fort.

Gen. Harrison marched with the brigade of Gen. Payne and the regulars
to relieve fort Wayne--the enemy fled at his approach.

There was now a favorable moment for making the Indians feel the
effects of the war. An expedition was accordingly projected against
several towns within two days march of that place. The whole force was
divided and placed under the command of Gen. Payne and Colonel Wells.
The former was directed to destroy the Miami towns at the forks of the
Wabash; and the latter to go against the Potawatamie villages at Elk

The commander in chief accompanied Gen. Payne on the expedition: four
of the Miami villages were burnt, three of which were remarkably
flourishing. All their corn was cut up and piled, in order that it
might rot before the enemy could return to prevent it. Colonel Wells
was equally successful; he destroyed several villages and returned to
camp without loss.

At this time General Winchester arrived at Fort Wayne and General
Harrison resigned the command of the detachment under General Payne
and Col. Wells, to him, in obedience to the arrangements of the war
department. Considerable discontent and murmuring was observable among
the troops when they were informed of the change, but on being
addressed by Gen. Harrison, they appeared better satisfied.

On the 4th October brigadier general Tupper received orders to proceed
to the rapids with the whole of the mounted force, in condition for
service; but in consequence of the _counter orders_ of General
Winchester, the movement was not executed. General Tupper made an
exposition of the causes which produced the failure of the expedition.
This exposition very clearly proved that both Winchester and Tupper
were incapable of command.

On the 25th November, the celebrated partizan chief, Logan,[2] died of
his wounds.--This loss was regretted by the whole army. He was a brave
and enterprising warrior, sincerely attached to the Americans, and
possessed a powerful influence over the Indians.

          [2] He in company with Capt. Johney and Brighthorn, had been
          sent by Gen. Winchester to make discoveries at the rapids.
          They had not proceeded but a few miles when they were taken
          prisoners by five Indians under Winnemac, and a son of Col.
          Elliott. Logan told them they had come to join them: this
          induced them to permit Logan and his associates to carry
          their arms and to march before them. Logan determined to
          rescue himself or die in the attempt; he communicated his
          intentions to his comrades and when a suitable opportunity
          offered, they turned upon their enemy and each one brought
          his man to the ground; the remaining three fired upon
          Logan's party and wounded Logan and Brighthorn. Logan altho'
          mortally wounded exchanged a second shot with the enemy,
          when he and Brighthorn jumped upon the horses of two of
          those they had just slain and left Capt. Johney to cover the
          retreat which he did in a gallant manner, after having
          scalped Winnemac. Winnemac was the chief that commanded at
          Tippecanoe. Young Elliot was among the slain--his body was
          afterwards taken up by his father, and conveyed to Malden.

On the 8th November a detachment of 600 men, commanded by Colonel
Campbell, left Franklinton on an expedition against the Miami Indians,
living on the head waters of the Wabash. On the 17th of December, they
arrived at one of the Mississinway villages, surprized & killed five
warriors, and took thirty-seven prisoners. They burnt three other
villages three miles further down the river, and then returned to the
first town destroyed, and encamped. About an hour before the dawn of
day, they were attacked in the camp. The fire commenced on the right
line, commanded by Major Ball, who sustained and returned it till day
light, when the Indians were charged and dispersed with the loss of
thirty killed. Our loss was eight killed and twenty-five wounded--several
mortally. A great number of horses were killed, several officers were
wounded: lieutenant Waltz, of the Pennsylvania troop was shot through
the arm, but not satisfied, he again attempted to mount his horse, and
in making the effort was shot through the head.--The prisoners were
treated with humanity, even the warriors who ceased to resist, were
spared, which is not the usual custom in expeditions against the
Indians. The sufferings of the men from cold, hunger and fatigue, on
their retreat from Mississinway, were beyond measure. They were in the
centre of an Indian country. The terrible Tecumseh was known to be
within a few hours march. The sick and wounded were to be carried on
litters; their march was slow, tedious and circumspect. At night only
half of the men could sleep, while the other were on guard. They
suffered greatly from the inclemency of the weather; numbers were frost
bitten. Pleurisy and bad colds afflicted almost the whole corps. Why the
Indians suffered them to escape total destruction, is unaccountable.
Perhaps the death of their celebrated PROPHET, who is supposed to have
been killed in this affair, was the cause of their not harrassing our
men in their retreat.

The officers of Major Ball's squadron, who sustained the brunt of the
action and who were complimented by General Harrison, in a general
order, for their valor and good conduct, were Major Ball, Captains
Hopkins and Garrard of Kentucky; Captains Markle and M'Clelland, of

On the 14th of December the left wing of the army moved from Fort
Winchester to the Rapids. At this time the Ohio troops were at Fort
M'Arthur--the Pennsylvanians at Mansfield and the Virginians at
Delaware.--General Harrison fixed his head quarters at Upper Sandusky.
The provisions and military stores, and the trains of artillery having
reached the different depots, the hopes of the nation, that victory
would soon crown the efforts of the north-western army, were cherished
in confidence.

On the 14th of January, Col. Lewis advanced towards the river Raisin.
On the 18th he found the enemy in force, and disposed to dispute the
possession of the place. He attacked them in the town; on the first
onset the savages raised their accustomed yell. But the noise was
drowned in the returning shouts of the assailants. They advanced
boldly to the charge, and drove them in all directions. On the first
fire sixteen of the Indians fell--about forty were killed. Col. Lewis'
party lost twelve killed, and fifty-two wounded.

On the 18th Gen. Winchester followed with a reinforcement, and
concentrated his troops, amounting to eight hundred men, at the
village of Frenchtown--six hundred of which were posted behind a
picket fence--two hundred which composed the right wing were encamped
in an open field entirely uncovered.

On the 22d they were attacked by a combined British force under
Tecumseh and Proctor. The attack commenced on the right wing at
beating of reveille. Our troops were immediately ready for the
reception of the enemy. The right wing sustained the shock for about
twenty minutes, when overpowered by numbers, they retreated over the
river and were met by a large body of Indians who had been stationed
in their rear. This party finding their retreat cut off, resolved to
sell their lives as dear as possible, and fought desperately--few of
these escaped. The left wing with Spartan valor, maintained their
ground within their pickets.

The enemy's regulars made three different charges upon them; they
advanced in platoons to charge the pickets, keeping up a brisk fire.
Our men within the pickets, with the most determined bravery and
presence of mind reserved their fire until the enemy advanced within
point blank shot. They then opened a cross fire upon them--their
pieces well levelled--and in this manner mowed down his ranks till he
retreated in confusion.

Gen. Winchester and Col. Lewis had been taken prisoners in an early
part of the battle, in attempting to rally the right wing. At 11
o'clock a flag arrived from General Winchester to Maj. Madison, who
commanded in the pickets, informing our men he had surrendered them
prisoners of war, and requested their compliance; whereupon a
capitulation took place, and they were immediately marched off for
Malden. The Americans lost nearly four hundred men in killed, wounded
and missing. Among the officers, Col. Allen and Captains Hickman,
Simpson, (a member of Congress) Mead, Edwards, Price and M'Cracken.

During the whole of the action a heavy canonade was kept up by six
pieces of artillery. The courage of the men was never more severely
tested. The party that retreated at the commencement of the battle,
were pursued, surrounded, and literally cut to pieces. Some succeeded
in getting three miles from the scene of action, but were overtaken
and massacred. The snow was crimsoned the whole distance with the
blood of the fugitives.

After the capitulation, the American commanding officer remonstrated
with General Proctor, on the necessity of protecting the wounded
prisoners from the fury of the savages. That officer pledged himself
to attend to it, but he _forgot to keep his word_: they were left
without the promised protection, and on the morning of the 23d,
horrible to relate, the _allies_ of a _christian king_, stripped,
scalped, tomahawked and burnt all of them who were unable to walk.[3]

          [3] The fate of Capt. Hart was peculiarly distressing.--He
          had received a flesh wound and particularly distinguished
          himself by his undaunted bravery. After the capitulation,
          Capt. Elliot, who had been a class mate with him at
          Princetown college, waited on Capt. Hart, and unsolicited,
          promised him his protection declaring that the next morning
          he would have him taken to his own house at Malden, where he
          should remain until his recovery.--But Elliot broke his
          promise and left him to his fate! On the next day a band of
          savages came into the house where he was confined, and tore
          him from his bed. But he bargained with one of them and gave
          him a considerable sum of money to have himself taken to
          Malden. They set off, and after travelling as far as the
          river Aux Sables, they were met by a fresh band of Indians,
          who shot the Captain upon his horse, and tomahawked and
          scalped him! Numbers were put to death after they had been
          several days in custody. At Sandy Creek an Indian approached
          a volunteer of the name of Blythe and proposed to exchange
          his mocasins for Blythe's shoes--with this he readily
          complied; after this they exchanged hats; the Indian then
          raised his tomahawk and struck Blythe on the shoulder which
          cut into the cavity of his body: Blythe then caught hold of
          the tomahawk and attempted to resist but on one of his
          fellow prisoners telling him that his fate was fixed, he
          closed his eyes and received the savage blow that terminated
          his existence. Hamilton deposed that when the prisoners were
          marching from Raisin to Detroit, they came up to where one
          of the prisoners was burning, the life just expiring, and an
          Indian kicking the ashes off his back.

The dead were denied the rites of sepulture;[4] the living were
treated with the greatest indignity. The prisoners were generally
stripped of their clothing, rifled of their cash, and the swords of
the officers given to the savages. Men whose education, talents and
character ought to have entitled them to respect, had their feelings
grossly outraged.

          [4] I was told by several of the inhabitants of Frenchtown
          while at Detroit, that they had frequently seen the hogs and
          dogs devouring the bodies of the Americans and that it was
          not uncommon to see them running about with skulls, legs,
          arms, and other parts of the human system in their mouths.

The advance of Gen. Winchester to the river Raisin, was not authorised
by the orders of Gen. Harrison; the motives of the Gen. were no doubt
good, but to his imprudence is attributed the failure of the campaign.
He was induced to make the movement in consequence of the earnest
solicitude of the inhabitants of that place, who were threatened with
a general massacre by the Indians.

As soon as General Harrison learnt the exposed situation of Gen.
Winchester's corps, he ordered a detachment from Gen. Perkins' brigade
under Col. Cotgreaves, to march with all possible expedition to his
relief--but so much time was spent in _preparation_, that it only
arrived in hearing distance at the commencement of the battle, and
then suddenly retraced its steps.

Why a commanding officer, situated as Gen. Winchester was within a few
hours march of Malden, and liable every moment to be surprized, should
suffer his men to be encamped in detached and exposed situations, in
the manner they were, is a question not yet explained. The night
before the battle a Frenchman arrived from Malden, and informed that
the enemy had commenced their march. This information which was made
known to Gen. Winchester, was disregarded. His quarters were three or
four hundred yards from Camp. He did not arrive at the scene of action
till the right wing had begun to give way.

I cannot forbear to notice in this place a circumstance that reflects
the greatest lustre on the military character of the Kentuckians. On
their march from Fort Defiance to the rapids, the horses were worn out
and nearly famished for want of forage. The men themselves were
destitute of many articles of the first necessity. Yet these
circumstances did not in the least damp their ardor. When the horses
were no longer able to draw, these gallant sons of Mars harnessed
themselves to the sleds, and in this manner, with cheerfulness and
alacrity, conveyed their baggage sixty miles through frost and
snow--thus, manifesting an intrepidity of character which rivals that
of Greece or Rome.

Yet these were men, whose homes, for the most part, were the seats of
elegance and wealth--but their spirits were not to be broken by
adversity. Notwithstanding they were compelled to travel on foot and
with scarcely a covering for their backs, in the dead of winter, from
Malden to Buffalo, and from thence to Kentucky, a distance of eight
hundred miles, still not a murmur escaped their lips! Their honest
hearts sprung forward with the elastic hope, that their wrongs would
be avenged and the day of retribution arrive.

After the defeat of Gen. Winchester, General Harrison retreated from
the rapids eighteen miles, and took a position at Portage river. It
being found impracticable to remove all the provisions a considerable
quantity was destroyed.

On the 30th Gen. Harrison dispatched Capt. Lamont, Doctor M'Keehan and
a Frenchman with a flag of truce to Malden. They encamped the first
night near the rapids and hoisted the white flag; but this was not
respected--the Indians fired upon them while asleep, killed Lamont,
wounded Dr. M'Keehan and took the Doctor and the Frenchman prisoners.

Governor Meigs having promptly ordered out two regiments of Ohio
militia to reinforce General Harrison; the army again advanced to the
rapids, and commenced building Fort Meigs. Gen. Crook's brigade in the
mean time were busily employed in fortifying at Upper Sandusky.

Gen. Harrison having learnt that a body of Indians were collected at
Presque Isle, near the mouth of the Miami, marched from his camp at
the rapids, on the 9th of February, at the head of a detachment of his
army, to attack them; The enemy fled--our troops pursued them almost
to the river Raisin, but finding it impossible to overtake them, the
troops returned to camp much exhausted with fatigue. Such was their
desire to come up with the foe, that they marched sixty miles in
twenty one hours.

On the 27th February, a detachment of one hundred and fifty men, under
Capt. Langham, left the Rapids for the purpose of destroying the Queen
Charlotte, near Malden--the ice was found too far decayed to
accomplish the object of the expedition.

On the 15th of April a desperate rencontre took place on the Miami, a
few miles below fort Meigs, between ten Frenchman, from the river
Raisin, and about an equal number of Indians, both parties were in
canoes, and they maintained the fight till the greater part on both
sides were either killed or wounded.

The army was now engaged incessantly in strengthening the posts of
Fort Meigs, Upper Sandusky, and Fort Stephenson. General Harrison left
the army for the purpose of consulting with Gov. Meigs, and for
expediting the march of the reinforcements. No event of moment
occurred during the remainder of the winter.

In March, workmen began to cut timber at Erie, for the purpose of
building two 20 gun brigs--the requisite number of ship-carpenters
arrived at that place.

The term of service of the greater part of the militia composing the
north-western army having expired, new levies from Ohio and Kentucky
were ordered on to supply their places. But these not arriving in
season, the Pennsylvania brigade generously volunteered their services
for another month, to defend Fort Meigs, which was menaced with an
attack. This conduct was the more honorable, as this corps had
undergone incredible hardships during the winter, in dragging the
artillery and stores from Sandusky to the Rapids.[5]

          [5] A private in the Petersburgh volunteers draws the
          following picture of a soldier's life: It describes the
          march of his company at the time of Winchester's defeat. "On
          the second day of our march a courier arrived from Gen.
          Harrison, ordering the artillery to advance with all
          possible speed; this was rendered totally impossible by the
          snow which took place, it being a complete swamp nearly all
          the way. On the evening of the same day news arrived that
          Gen. Harrison had retreated to Portage river, 18 miles in
          the rear of the encampment at the Rapids. As many men as
          could be spared determined to proceed immediately to
          reinforce him. It is unnecessary to state that we were among
          the first who wished to advance. At 2 o'clock the next
          morning, our tents were struck, and in half an hour we were
          on the road. I will candidly confess, that on that day I
          regretted being a soldier. On that day we marched thirty
          miles under an incessant rain; and I am afraid you will
          doubt my veracity when I tell you, that in eight miles of
          the best of the road, it took us over the knees and often to
          the middle. The Black Swamp, 4 miles from Portage river and
          4 miles in the extent would have been considered impassable
          by all but men determined to surmount every difficulty to
          accomplish the object of their march. In this swamp you lose
          sight of _terra firma_ altogether--the water was about six
          inches deep on the ice, which was very rotten, often
          breaking through to the depth of four or five feet.

          "The same night we encamped on very wet ground but the
          driest that could be found the rain still continuing. It was
          with difficulty we could raise fires; we had no tents, our
          clothes were wet, no axes, nothing to cook in, and very
          little to eat. A brigade of pack horses being near us, we
          procured from them some flour, killed a hog (there being
          plenty of _them_ along the road;) our bread was baked
          in the ashes and the pork we broiled on the coals--a sweeter
          meal I never partook of. When we went to sleep it was on two
          logs laid close to each other, to keep our bodies from the
          ground. Good God! what a pliant being is man in adversity.
          "The loftiest spirit that ever inhabited the human breast
          would have been tamed amid the difficulties that surrounded

On the 20th of April, Gen. Harrison returned to Fort Meigs and began
to prepare for the approaching storm. Patrolling parties were
frequently sent out to discover the movements of the enemy, who had
been discovered on the margin of the lake.

On the 26th the advance of the enemy made its appearance on the
opposite shore, and after reconnoitering a few minutes withdrew.--On
the 27th they returned, but were soon made to retire by the balls from
the fort. Ever since the General had arrived in camp, the greatest
diligence was displayed by the officers and soldiers. Fortifications
of various description were carried on with unparallelled exertions.
Every moment of the Gen. was occupied in directing the works. He
addressed the men in a most masterly and eloquent manner, on the
situation in which the fortune of war had placed them, and of the
importance of every man's being vigilant and industrious at his post.
This address converted every man into a hero; it inspired them with a
zeal, courage and patriotism never surpassed.

On the 28th the enemy commenced a very brisk fire of small arms--in
the evening the Indians were conveyed over the river in boats and
surrounded the garrison in every direction. Several of Col. Ball's
dragoons volunteered to reconnoitre the enemy's camp, but before they
had got far from the fort they were fired on by the Indians and
compelled to return.

On the 29th the siege began in earnest, all communication with the
other posts was cut off. The firing was kept up the whole day. The
enemy had progressed so far in the construction of their batteries
during the night, that they afforded them sufficient protection to
work by day light. A man was this day mortally wounded as he was
standing near the General.

April 30--the besieged kept up a well directed fire against the
enemy's batteries and considerably impeded their progress. Boats
filled with men were seen to pass to the Fort Meigs' side of the
river; this induced the Gen. to believe that their intention was to
draw his attention to their batteries, and to surprise and storm the
camp in the rear. Orders were therefore given for one third of the men
to be constantly on guard, and the remaining two thirds to sleep with
their muskets in their arms, and to be constantly prepared, at a
moment's warning, to fly to their posts. These orders were strictly
obeyed, and every duty performed with cheerfulness. Notwithstanding
the incessant fire of the enemy, the men were obliged to go to the
river for water every night--the well not being finished. Several of
the men were this day wounded, and the General being continually
exposed, had several narrow escapes. During the night the enemy towed
up a gun boat near the fort and fired at point blank shot for some
time, but without effect. They retired from this position as soon as
it was light enough for our gunners to see her.

The grand traverse was now completed, as well as several small ones in
various directions. The fire from the garrison was begun with effect.
During the day (May 1st) the enemy fired 256 times from their gun
batteries. Their 24 pound shot passed through the pickets without
cutting them down. Our gunners silenced one of their pieces several
times. They did not fire so rapidly as the enemy, but with a better
aim--8 of the Americans were wounded this day--a bullet struck the
seat on which the General was setting, and a volunteer was at the same
time wounded as he stood directly opposite to him.

On the 2d of May both parties commenced firing very early with bombs
and balls, and continued it very briskly all day. Our troops had one
killed and ten wounded, besides several others slightly touched with
Indian bullets. The enemy this day fired 457 cannon shot.

The next day commenced with a very brisk and fierce firing of bombs
and cannon balls, and continued at intervals all day. They opened two
batteries upon the fort, which they established on this side of the
river within two hundred and fifty yards of the rear right angle of
the camp, one of which was a bomb battery. An Indian who had ascended
a tree, shot one of our men through the head, and six were killed by
the enemy's bombs. They fired five hundred and sixteen times during
the day, and forty-seven times during the night.

It rained very hard on the 4th which retarded the fire of the
besiegers. A new battery was discovered erecting on this side of the
river, in the same direction with the others, and traverses were
commenced to guard against them. Several were killed and wounded;
Lieut. Gwynne killed a British officer on this side the river with a
rifle. 233 shots were fired this day.

General Clay was now at Fort Winchester, with twelve thousand men, on
his way to relieve the garrison.

On the 5th the enemy kept up but a feeble fire but they killed three
men with bombs. An officer arrived with a detachment of Gen. Clay's
men, with the welcome news that the General was but a few miles up the
river, descending in boats. An officer was sent to him with directions
for him to land one half of his force on the opposite side of the
river, for the purpose of forcing the enemy's batteries and spiking
their cannon. Col. Dudley, who was charged with the execution of this
movement, performed it in fine style, but his men elated with their
success, continued to pursue the retreating enemy till they were
finally drawn into an ambush and overwhelmed by superior numbers; the
greater part of this detachment were killed or taken prisoners. Some
few effected their escape to the garrison. About forty of these
unfortunate men were tomahawked by the Indians, several hours after
their surrender. The killed on the field of battle were horribly
mutilated. Colonel Dudley was among the killed. He displayed in his
last moments the most heroic firmness, and actually killed one Indian
after he was mortally wounded.

The other moiety of Gen. Clay's force, if not less prudent, were more
fortunate; when they landed a little above the fort, they could easily
have made the fort without loss, but instead of doing this or securing
their sick and baggage, they marched directly into the woods in
pursuit of a few Indians that were purposely leading them to their
destruction. Gen. Harrison perceiving their folly, caused Colonel Ball
to sally out with the cavalry and protect their retreat to the fort.
He succeeded in bringing them into the fort; but in the mean while a
party of Indians had tomahawked their sick, left in the boats, and
plundered their baggage.

While Col. Dudley's party was engaged with the enemy on the left bank
of the river, several brilliant and successful charges were made on
the right. In these charges Colonel Miller, Maj. Alexander, Capt.
Croghan, Longhom, Bendford, and Neveing, were conspicuous. Our troops
conducted with the most determined bravery; all their batteries on
this side were carried, and many prisoners taken.

From the 6th to the ninth there was no firing. Flags of truce passed
and repassed between the two armies. An exchange of prisoners took
place. The Kentucky militia, taken at Dudley's defeat, were to be sent
to Harrison, in order to return home by that route. On the morning of
the 9th the enemy commenced their retreat down the river, after having
been before the place thirteen days, during which time he had fired at
the works, eighteen hundred shells and cannon balls besides keeping up
an almost continual discharge of small arms. The American loss during
the siege in the fort and in the different sorties on this side, was
seventy-two killed and one hundred and ninety-six wounded. The loss of
Col. Dudley's detachment was about two hundred killed and missing.
That of the enemy was about equal.

One reason why our troops did not sustain a greater loss in the fort
was, because the men had contrived a kind of bomb proof retreat all
along the ditch immediately behind the pickets. They would watch the
enemy's fire and knew when to squat into their hiding places. By this
means many valuable lives were saved.

Vast quantities of rain fell during the siege--the soil within the
pickets is clay, and the constant treading of the men and horses
caused the whole area of the fort to become a perfect bed of mortar,
half leg deep--the frequent bursting of shells caused it to fly in
every direction, covering officers and men with mud.

The army not being sufficiently strong for offensive operations, it
became necessary to wait for reinforcements, and for the completion of
the vessels of war building at Erie.

The head-quarters of the Gen. were transferred to Seneca town on the
Sandusky. Gen. Clay was charged with the defence of Fort Meig's.
Generals M'Arthur and Cass were actively employed in recruiting two
regiments of 12 month's regulars in the state of Ohio.

In June the General held a council with a number of Indian Chiefs, who
had hitherto professed neutral sentiments, to whom he made three
propositions;--To take up arms in behalf of the United States--To
remove within our settlements, and remain neutral--Or to go to the
enemy and seek his protection. After a short consultation among
themselves, they accepted the first, and prepared to accompany him in
the invasion of Canada.

The hostile Indians continued to make inroads into the settlement and
committed frequent murders. A party from Malden coasted down the lake
as far as Cold Creek, where they killed, scalped and made prisoners,
one man, three women and nine children.

An event took place, however, that had a salutary influence in
repressing the audacity of the Indians. As Col. Ball, with 22 of his
squadron were descending the Sandusky, the foremost of his party were
fired upon from a thicket, by a band of eighteen Indians, who had
placed themselves in ambush for the purpose of killing the mail
carrier. Col. Ball instantly charged upon them and drove them from
their hiding place. The ground was favorable for cavalry, and the
Indians finding neither mercy nor the possibility of escape, gave a
whoop and fought desperately till the whole were cut to pieces. Col.
Ball was at one time dismounted, opposed in personal contest to an
Indian of gigantic stature--it was a desperate and a doubtful
struggle, life was at stake, both exerted to the utmost--an officer
rode up and rescued the Colonel by shooting the Indian through the
head. After this terrible example, not an Indian ventured to cross the
Sandusky in quest of plunder and blood.

On the first of August Gen. Proctor made his appearance before Fort
Stephenson, twenty miles above the mouth of the river Sandusky. His
troops consisted of five hundred regulars and about seven hundred
Indians of the most ferocious kind. There were but one hundred and
thirty eight effective men in the garrison and the works covered one
acre of ground. Major George Croghan commanded the place. The pickets
were about ten feet high, surrounded by a ditch with a block-house at
each angle of the fort--one of which contained a 6 pounder--this was
the exact state of the post, at the time the enemy appeared. The first
movement made by the enemy, was to make such a disposition of his
forces, as to prevent the escape of the garrison, if they should be
disposed to attempt it. He then sent Col. Elliot with a flag to demand
the surrender of the fort. He was met by ensign Shipp. The British
officer observed, that Gen. Proctor had a number of cannon, a large
body of regular troops, and so many Indians, whom it was impossible
to control, and if the fort was taken, as it must be, the whole of
the garrison would be massacred. Shipp answered that it was the
determination of Maj. Croghan, his officers and men, to defend the
garrison or be buried in it, and that they might do their best.
Colonel Elliot addressed Mr. Shipp again--"You are a fine young man;
I pity your situation; for God's sake surrender, and prevent the
dreadful slaughter which must follow resistance." Shipp turned from
him with indignation, and was immediately taken hold of by an Indian,
who attempted to wrest his sword from him. Major Croghan observing
what passed, called to Shipp to come into the fort, which was
instantly obeyed, and the tragedy commenced. The firing began from the
gun-boats in the rear, and was kept up during the night. At an early
hour the next morning, three _sixes_, which had been planted during
the night within two hundred and fifty yards of the pickets, began
to play upon the fort, but with little effect. About 4 P.M. all the
enemy's guns were concentrated against the north-western angle of the
fort, for the purpose of making a breach. To counteract the effect of
their fire, Maj. C. caused that point to be strengthened by means of
bags of flour, sand and other materials, in such a manner that the
picketing sustained little or no injury. But the enemy supposing that
their fire had sufficiently shattered the pickets, advanced, to the
number of five hundred, to storm the place, at the same time making
two feints on different points. The column which advanced against the
north-western angle, were so completely enveloped in smoke, as not to
be discovered until it had approached within eighteen or twenty paces
of the lines, but the men being all at their post, and ready to
receive it, commenced so heavy and gallant a fire as to throw the
column into confusion, but being quickly rallied, Lieut. Colonel
Short, the leader of the column exclaimed, "come on my brave fellows,
we will give the dam'd yankee rascals no quarters," and immediately
leapt into the ditch followed by his troops: as soon as the ditch was
entirely filled by the assailants, major Croghan ordered the six
pounder which had been masked in the block-house, to be fired. It had
been loaded with a double charge of musket balls and slugs. This piece
completely raked the ditch from end to end. The first fire levelled
the one half in death--the second and third either killed or wounded
every one except eleven, who were covered by the dead bodies. At the
same time, the fire of the small arms was so incessant and destructive,
that it was in vain the British officers exerted themselves to lead on
the balance of the column; it retired in disorder under a shower of
shot, and sought safety in an adjoining wood. The loss of the enemy in
killed was about one hundred and fifty, besides a considerable number
of their ALLIES were killed. The Americans had but one killed, and
seven slightly wounded. Early in the morning of the 3d. the enemy
retreated down the river, after having abandoned considerable baggage.


The garrison was composed of regulars--all Kentuckians, a finer
company of men is not to be found in the United States, perhaps not in
the world. They are as humane as courageous. This is proved by their
unceasing attention to the wounded enemy, after their discomfiture;
during the night, they kindly received into the fort, through the
fatal port-hole of the block-house, all those who were able to crawl
to it; to those who were unable to move they threw canteens filled
with water. They even parted with their clothes to alleviate the
sufferings of the wounded.

Gen. Harrison had ordered Major Croghan to destroy the stores and
abandon the fort, in case the enemy made their appearance. He dared
to disobey the order, and has thereby immortalized himself.

While Proctor and Dixon were investing fort Stephenson, Tecumseh, with
a band of 2000 warriors and some British troops, approached fort Meigs.
They hovered round the place for several days and then withdrew,
without doing any material injury to the garrison.

When the news of the attack on Fort Stephenson reached Gov. Meigs, he
made a spirited call to the patriotism of Ohio; such was its effect
that 15,000 men were immediately in motion to repel the invaders.
Fortunately their services were not required.

The tide of victory began now to set with a strong current in favor of
the American arms.--On the 10th of September, commodore Perry captured
the whole British force on Lake Erie. This victory removed the
principal barrier to the conquest of Malden and the recovery of

At the same time the general began to concentrate his forces at the
mouth of Portage river. The greatest activity was visible in camp; in
preparing for the descent on Canada--boats were collected--beef
jerked--the superfluous baggage secured in block houses and a
substantial log fence two miles long, extending from Portage river to
Sandusky bay, was built to secure the horses during the operations of
the army.

On the 17th Gov. Shelby with four thousand volunteers arrived at head
quarters. This formidable corps were all mounted; but it was deemed
best for them to act as infantry, and leave their horses on the
peninsula. On the 20th Gen. M'Arthur's brigade from Fort Meigs joined
the army after a very fatiguing march of three days down the lake

Col. Johnson's mounted regiment remained at Fort Meigs, but had orders
to approach Detroit by land and to advance _pari passu_ with the
commander in chief, who was to move in boats thro' the islands to
Malden, and of whose progress the colonel was to be daily informed by
a special express.

The British prisoners taken in the naval action of the 10th, were sent
to Chilicothe, guarded by a detachment from Col. Hill's regiment of
Pennsylvania detached militia. The different posts on the American
side of the lake were left in charge of the Ohio Militia. Fort Meigs,
which till now had covered eight acres of land, was reduced in its
dimensions to one acre. About five hundred Kentuckians were to remain
at Portage to guard the stores and horses, being upwards of five
thousand in number, which were left on the Peninsula during the
absence of the army.

Every thing being now ready, the embarkation of the troops commenced
at the dawn of day, on the 21st. For the want of a sufficient number
of boats, not more than one third of the number could embark at once.

There is a range of islands extending from the head of the Peninsula
to Malden. These islands render the navigation safe, and afford the
army convenient depot for baggage and stores, as well as halting

Put-in-bay island, sixteen miles from Portage, was selected by the
General as the first point of rendezvous--the first stage in his
passage across the lake. The weather was favorable. As soon as the
first division of boats reached the island, men were immediately
detached to take back the boats for a fresh load. Such was the
eagerness of the men to accelerate the embarkation of the whole army,
that they, in most cases, anticipated this regulation by volunteering
their services to return with the boats. Every one courted fatigue.

The fleet under Com. Perry, was busily engaged in transporting the
baggage of the army. In the course of the 22d the whole army gained
the island, and encamped on the margin of the bay, which forms nearly
a semi-circle.

The Lawrence, and the six prize ships captured from the enemy, were at
anchor in the centre of the bay, and in full view. With what ineffable
delight did we contemplate this interesting spectacle! The curiosity
of the troops was amply indulged; every one was permitted to go on
board the prizes to view the effects of the battle. The men were
highly pleased with this indulgence of the General and the Commodore.

The scene was calculated to inflame their military ardor, which was
visible in every countenance.

The army was detained at Put-in-Bay during the 23d and 24th by
unfavorable winds. On the 24th, a soldier of the regular forces was
shot for desertion. He had deserted three times--had been twice before
condemned to suffer death, and as often pardoned; he met his fate with
stoical indifference, but it made a very sensible impression on the
troops. Two platoons fired on him at the distance of five paces, and
perforated his body like a sieve.[6]

          [6] It is worthy of remark that but _two_ soldiers were shot
          in the north-western army; and so unfrequent was desertion
          that from the time I joined it, till its departure from Fort
          George, not a solitary instance occurred; at least none come
          to my knowledge, although I made frequent enquires as the
          fact. I am not willing to attribute this extraordinary
          fidelity to the public service, to the superior patriotism
          of the people of the west or a nice sense of the force of
          moral obligations. The cause is evident--the officers are
          generally more attentive to their men, than those of the
          northern army.

On the 25th the army again embarked partly in boats and partly on
board the fleet, to take a nearer position to the Canadian shore. The
flotilla arrived a little before sunset, at a small island called the
Eastern Sister, eighteen miles from Malden and seven from the coast.
This island does not contain more than three acres, and the men had
scarcely room to sit down.

On the 26th the wind blew fresh, it became necessary to haul up the
boats, to prevent their staving. The General and Commodore in the
Ariel, made a reconnoissance of the enemy's coast and approached
within a short distance of Malden. Capt. Johnney was dispatched to
apprize Col. Johnson of our progress. General Cass, Col. Ball and
Capt. M'Clelland were busy in arranging and numbering the boats. At
sunset the lake had risen several feet; indeed, such was the violence
of the surf that many entertained serious fears that the greatest part
of the island would be inundated before morning. However, the wind
subsided at twelve and relieved our apprehensions.

On the 27th at nine in the morning the army made its final embarkation.
The day was fine and a propitious breeze made our passage a most
pleasing pastime. It was a sublime and delightful spectacle to behold
16 ships of war and 100 boats filled with men, borne rapidly and
majestically to the long sought shores of the enemy. The recollection
of this day can never be effaced from my memory. There was something
truly grand and animating in the looks of the men. There was an air of
confidence in every countenance. The troops panted for an opportunity
to rival their naval brethren in feats of courage and skill; they
seemed to envy the good fortune of our brave tars. They were ignorant
of the flight of the enemy, and confidently expected a fight: indeed
the belief was current among the troops that the enemy were in great
force, for it was believed that Dixon's Indians as well as Tecumseh's
were at Malden.

We landed in perfect order of battle at 4 P.M. three miles below
Malden. The Kentucky volunteers formed the right wing. Ball's legion
and the friendly Indians the centre--the regulars on the left. The
troops were almost instantly in line and shortly commenced their
march, in eschelons, for Malden. The troops had been drilled to
marching in and out of boats and to forming on the beach. Every man
knew his place; and so well were they masters of this very necessary
piece of service, that a company would march into a boat, debark and
form on the beach in less than one minute, and that too without the
least confusion.[7]

          [7] This proficiency is applicable only to the regulars and
          twelve months volunteers. The militia officers did not at
          tend to it.

As we approached Malden, instead of the red coats and the war whoop of
the Indians, a group of well dressed ladies advanced to meet us, and
to implore mercy and protection. They were met by the Governor Shelby,
who soon quieted their fears by assuring them that we came not to make
war on women and children, but to protect them.

The army entered Malden by several parallel streets and we marched
through the town to the thunder of "Yankee Doodle."

The ruins of the fort and the naval buildings were still smoking. All
the loyal inhabitants followed the British army in its retreat. The
fortifications of Malden must have cost the British government a vast
sum. The fort is surrounded by a deep ditch and two rows of heavy
pickets: the walls are high, and the adjacent country as level as a
lake. What cannon and small arms they were unable to carry away, were
sunk in the river.

The town may contain 150 houses, mostly framed--a part are constructed
of hewn logs; its appearance is worthy of its character, as dark and
as gloomy as Erubus. The inhabitants are composed of renegadoes,
Scotch, Irish and Canadian French. Very few men were to be found and
those invariably French. Perhaps it would be unjust to attempt the
portrait of the character of the inhabitants, where so few remained at
home. I will then only mention one FACT. A well known horrid traffic,
has so completely blunted the feelings of humanity, that the
exhibition of _scalps_ in the streets, in the most terrific forms, by
the Indians, produces no emotion of horror even in the female bosom!
The spectacle has become so familiar to the eye, that it has lost the
interest of curiosity--and is beheld with as much indifference as we
view the peltry of a furman.

Opposite the place lies the island of Bois blanc, on the lower end of
which was a heavy battery which defended the entrance to the harbor.
The enemy in their haste had left an 18 pounder in this battery.

Perhaps there is not a place in America that possesses so great
convenience for ship building, as Malden. The descent of the shore is
in proper angle for launching: besides the water is deep and the
timber can be floated to the spot in any quantity and at a short
distance, except pine which is found on the Thames, on the St. Clair
river and on the shores of the lakes. They had collected a
considerable quantity of timber, which they attempted to burn, but
without success.

The country is settled to the distance of twenty miles below Malden.
Col. Elliott's house stands on the bank of the river, half a mile
below the village--he has an extensive orchard and a park, his house
was deserted. We found excellent peaches, of which we made free use,
without inquiring the price.

Three miles above the fort is an Indian village which we found
deserted, and so suddenly that many essential articles of Indian
furniture such as brass kettles, were left in the houses. Here we
procured a plentiful supply of green corn, potatoes, &c. This village
was not burnt.

In the evening after our arrival at Malden, Col. Ball dispatched an
officer and twenty men to prevent the enemy's destroying the bridge
across the Aux Cannards. The enemy were found on the bridge, having
just set fire to it. Our party fired on them--they dispersed and the
bridge was saved.

On the 28th we passed the Aux Cannards and encamped two miles beyond
the river, in a neat French settlement. A small party of British horse
shewed themselves at the bridge and then scampered off.

The next day we reached Sandwich at two o'clock in the afternoon. At
the same time the fleet came up the river to Detroit. The Gen. made
dispositions for passing the river. Governor Shelby's corps remained
at Sandwich, while Ball's legion and the brigades of Generals M'Arthur
and Cass passed over to Detroit.

The Indians appeared in groups, on the bank of the river below
Detroit; a few shots from the gunboats caused them to disperse.

The Indians did not leave Detroit till the boats containing the troops
were halfway across the river. Just before we landed on the American
side, the inhabitants hoisted the United States' flag amid the
acclamations of thousands. We were received by the inhabitants with
demonstrations of unfeigned joy. They had suffered all that civilized
and savage tyranny could inflict, save death. The Indians had lived at
free quarters for several months. It was natural for them to hail us
as deliverers.

The enemy had set fire to the fort, but the walls and picketing
remained entire. The public store, a long brick building near the
wharf was injured only in the roof which our men soon repaired. In the
course of the night there was an alarm in camp, the fires were
extinguished, and the men ordered to lie on their arms.

On the 30th Col. Johnson's regiment arrived from Fort Meigs, they
immediately commenced the passage of the river in boats.--Gen.
M'Arthur with the mass of the regular troops was charged with the
defence of Detroit. It was the general opinion of the inhabitants that
there were 1000 Indian warriors, under Marpot and Split Log, lurking
in the woods between the river Rouge and Huron of Lake St. Clair. The
friendly Indians had taken several prisoners in the immediate vicinity
of Detroit.

On the 2d of October every arrangement was completed for pursuing the
retreating British army up the Thames. The force selected for this
service were the mounted regiment of Col. Johnson, three companies of
Col. Ball's legion and the principal part of Governor Shelby's

From Sandwich to the Moravian Towns is eighty four miles. We found the
roads for the most part good. The country is perfectly level. The
advance of the troops was rapid--so much so that we reached the river
Riscum, one hundred and twenty-five miles from Sandwich, in the
evening. The enemy had neglected to destroy the bridge. Early in the
morning of the 3d, the general proceeded with Johnson's regiment, to
prevent the destruction of the bridges over the different streams that
fall into Lake St. Clair and the Thames. These streams are deep and
muddy, and are unfordable for a considerable distance into the
country. A lieutenant of dragoons and thirteen privates, who had been
sent back by Gen. Proctor to destroy the bridges, were made prisoners
near the Thames; from them the general learnt that the enemy had no
certain information of our advance.

The baggage of the army was brought from Detroit in boats, protected
by a part of commodore Perry's squadron. In the evening the army
arrived at Drake's farm, eight miles from the mouth of the Thames and
encamped. This river is a fine deep stream, navigable for vessels of
considerable burthen, after the bar at its mouth, over which there is
generally seven feet water. The gunboats could ascend as far as
Dalson's below which the country is one continued prairie, and at once
favorable for cavalry movements and for the co-operation of the
gunboats. Above Dalson's, the aspect of the country changes; the
river, though still deep, is not more than seventy yards wide, and the
banks high and woody.

At Chatham, four miles from Dalson's and sixteen from lake St. Clair,
is a small deep creek, where we found the bridge taken up, and the
enemy disposed to dispute our passage, and upon the arrival of the
advanced guard, commenced a heavy fire from the opposite bank as well
as a flank fire from the right bank of the river. The army halted and
formed in order of battle. The bridge was repaired under the cover of
a fire from two six pounders. The Indians did not relish the fire of
our cannon, and retired. Col. Johnson being on the right, had seized
the remains of a bridge at M'Gregor's mills, under a heavy fire from
the Indians. He lost on this occasion, two killed and four hundred
wounded.--The enemy set fire to a house near the bridge containing a
considerable quantity of muskets; the flames were extinguished and the
arms saved. At the first farm above the bridge we found one of the
enemy's vessels on fire, loaded with arms and ordnance stores. Four
miles higher up the army took a position for the night--here we found
two other vessels and a large distillery filled with stores to an
immense amount, in flames; Two 24 pounders, with their carriages were
taken, and a large quantity of ball and shells of various sizes.

The army was put in motion early on the morning of the 5th. The
General, accompanied by Col. Johnson--Gov. Shelby followed with the
infantry. This morning we captured two gun-boats and several batteaux
loaded with provisions and ammunition. At nine we had reached Arnold's
mills where there is a fording place, and the only one for a
considerable distance.--Here the army crossed to the right bank--the
mounted regiment fording and the infantry in the captured boats. The
passage, though retarded for want of a sufficient number of boats, was
completed by twelve.

Eight miles above the ford, we passed the ground where the British had
encamped the night before. The General directed the advance of Col.
Johnson's regiment to accelerate their march for the purpose of
ascertaining the distance of the enemy. The officer commanding it,
shortly after, sent word back that his progress was stopped by the
enemy, who were formed across our line of march.

The army was now within three miles of the Moravian town, and within
one mile of the enemy. The road passes through a beech forest without
any clearing, and for the first two miles near to the bank of the
river. At the distance of fifty rods from the river is a swamp running
parallel to it, and extending all the way to the Indian village. The
intermediate ground is dry--the surface level; the trees are lofty and
thick with very little underwood to impede the progress of man or
horse, if we except that part which borders on the swamp.

Across this narrow strip of land, the British force was drawn up in a
line of battle, to prevent our advance. Their left resting on the
river, was defended by four pieces of cannon--near the centre were two
other pieces. Near the swamp the British line was covered by a large
Indian force, who also lined the margin of the swamp to a considerable
distance. The British troops amounted to 600--the Indians probably to
twelve hundred.

As it was not practicable to turn the enemy in flank, it became
necessary to attack them in front. General Harrison did not long
hesitate in his choice of the mode of attack. It was as novel as it
was successful.

The troops at his disposal might amount to three thousand men; yet
from the peculiar nature of the ground, not the half of this force
could advantageously engage the enemy.

About five hundred regulars, under Colonel Paul, occupied the narrow
space between the road and river; they were ordered to advance and
amuse the enemy; and, if an opportunity offered, to seize the cannon
of the enemy. A small party of friendly Indians were directed to move
under the bank. Col. Johnson's regiment was drawn up in close column,
with its right at a few yards distant from the road with orders to
charge at full speed as soon as the enemy delivered his fire. The
Kentucky volunteers, under Major-Gen. Henny, were formed in the rear
of the mounted regiment, in three lines, extending from the road to
the swamp. Gen. Desha's division covered the left of Johnson's
regiment. Gov. Shelby was at the _crotchet_ formed by the front line
and Gen. Desha's division. This was an important point. Gen. Cass and
Commodore Perry, volunteered as aids to Gen. Harrison, who placed
himself at the head of the front line of infantry, to direct the
movements of the cavalry, and to give them the necessary support. Such
was the order of battle.

The army moved in this order till the mounted men received the fire of
the enemy, at the distance of two hundred yards. The charge was beat,
in an instant one thousand horse were in motion at full speed--the
right led on by lieut. Col. James Johnson broke through the British
lines and formed in their rear, the enemy's pieces were unloaded--their
bayonets were not fixed--they surrendered at discretion--the whole was
the work of a minute. In breaking through their ranks our men killed
twelve and wounded 37 of the British regulars. The shock was
unexpected. They were not prepared to resist it, some were trampled
under the feet of our horses; others were cut down by the soldiers;
very few were shot by our men, for our fire was not general. Had the
enemy shown the least symptoms of resistance, after we broke through
their lines, the greater part would have been destroyed, but they were
as passive as sheep. Never was terror more strongly depicted on the
countenances of men. Even the officers were seen with uplifted hands,
exclaiming "quarter!" There is no doubt, that they expected to be
massacred, believing that the Kentuckians would retaliate the bloody
scenes of Raisin and Miami; but nothing was farther from their
intentions, except it should be on the persons of Proctor and
Elliott--these, neither the authority of Harrison nor of Shelby could
have saved, if they had been found in battle.

On the left the contest was more serious. Col. Johnson, who commanded
on that flank of his regiment received a terrible fire from the
Indians, was kept up for some time.--The Col. most gallantly led the
head of his column into the hottest of the enemy's fire, and was
personally opposed to Tecumseh.--At this point a condensed mass of
savages had collected. Yet regardless of danger, he rushed into the
midst of them, so thick were the Indians at this moment that several
might have reached him with their rifles. He rode a white horse and
was known to be an officer of rank; a shower of balls was discharged
at him--some took effect--his horse was shot under him--his clothes,
his saddle, his person were pierced with bullets. At the moment his
horse fell, Tecumseh rushed towards him with an uplifted tomahawk, to
give the fatal stroke, but his presence of mind did not forsake him in
this perilous predicament--he drew a pistol from his holster and laid
his daring opponent dead at his feet. He was unable to do more, the
loss of blood deprived him of strength to stand. Fortunately at the
moment of Tecumseh's fall the enemy gave way, which secured him from
the reach of their tomahawks; he was wounded in five places; he
received three shots in the right thigh and two in the left arm. Six
Americans and twenty-two Indians fell within twenty yards of the spot
where Tecumseh was killed and the trails of blood almost covered the

The Indians continued a brisk fire from the margin of the swamp and
made some impression on a line of Kentucky volunteers, but Gov. Shelby
brought up a regiment to its support--the fire soon became too warm
for the enemy. A part of Johnson's men having gained the rear of a
part of the Indian line the rout became general. A small part of the
Indians attempted to gain the village by running up the narrow strip
of dry land; they were soon overtaken and cut down. The Indians fought
bravely and sustained a severe loss in killed and wounded. The death
of Tecumseh was an irreparable loss.

The American army had fifteen killed and thirty wounded. Among the
slain was Colonel Whitley, of the Kentucky volunteers, a man of
seventy years of age, and a soldier of the revolution. He was in easy
circumstances at home, and possessed an excellent character.

Among the trophies of the day were six brass field pieces, which had
been surrendered by Hull--I read on two of them this pleasing motto:
"Surrendered by Burgoyne at Saratoga."

The day after the battle a part of the army took possession of the
Moravian town, where we found most kinds of vegetables in
abundance--these were acceptable to men who had for several days
subsisted on fresh beef, without bread or salt. We found plenty of
green corn; the fields were extensive and our horses had an excellent

The town was deserted; so panic struck were some of the women in their
flight, that they are said to have thrown their children into the
Thames, to prevent their being butchered by the Americans!

This village is situated on the right bank of the Thames, about forty
miles from its entrance into lake St. Clair. The town was built by
emigrants from Muskingum, and contained at the time of the battle
nearly 100 houses, mostly well built. The Rev. John Scoll, from
Bethlehem, (Penn.) was established here as a missionary. Many of the
inhabitants speak English--there was a school house and a chapel. The
gardens were luxuriant and cultivated with taste.

The town was destroyed as well as the cornfields in its vicinity, by
the troops previous to their leaving it. Among other reasons assigned
to justify the measure, it was alleged that these Indians had been
among the foremost in massacring our men at the river Raisin, and that
the town, if it was spared, would afford a convenient shelter for the
British allies during the winter, and from which they could easily
pass into the Michigan territory to rob and murder the inhabitants.

I have yet to learn, that it is either good policy or justice, for the
American troops, in every instance, to burn the Indian towns that fall
into their power. Are the Indians to be reclaimed by fire?

General Proctor abandoned his army at the very moment Johnson's
regiment beat the charge. About forty dragoons accompanied him as a
guard. In twenty-four hours he was sixty-five miles from the Moravian
town. A few of the mounted men pursued him, and at one time were
within one hundred yards of him, but they were too weak to attack his
guard. His carriage and papers were taken.

Three waggons loaded with specie escaped, but might have been
overtaken, if proper measures had been taken to pursue the fugitives.
A depot of three hundred barrels of flour was within a day's march of
the Moravian town.

The army returned to Detroit. Capt. Elliot of the Niagara, volunteered
his services to command a naval expedition against Michilimackinac and
Fort St. Joseph; but the weather proving unfavorable for a number of
days the season became too far advanced to risk the squadron on lake
Huron, till spring.

While Gen. Harrison was pursuing Proctor up the Thames, the Ottawas,
Chippewas, Potawattimies, Miamies and Kickapoos, proposed to Gen.
M'Arthur a suspension of hostilities, and agreed to "take hold of the
same tomahawk with the Americans, and to strike all who are or may be
enemies of the United States, whether British or Indians." They
brought in their women and children and offered them as hostages for
their good behavior.

Lieut. Le Breton arrived at Detroit on the 15th, bearing a flag and a
letter from Gen. Proctor to Gen. Harrison. This letter requested
humane treatment to the prisoners, and a restoration of certain
property and papers taken on the 5th. As the letter was addressed to
the General "at Moravian towns," he saw no reason for Le Breton's
journey to Detroit, and ordered him to join Gen. Proctor by the way of
Buffalo and Fort George.

After the return of the commander in chief to Detroit, Walk-in-the-water,
who had been in the battle of the Thames, came in to implore peace.
When he crossed from Sandwich, the white flag which he bore in his hand
had attracted a great crowd to the wharf, all anxious to get a near
view of this distinguished chief. I was struck with admiration at the
firmness and apparent nonchalance with which he ascended the bank and
passed through the ranks of the Kentucky volunteers, whom he had so
gallantly opposed in battle but a few days before. I never saw more
real dignity of carriage, or a more striking firmness of countenance.
Yet his situation was calculated to depress his spirits and produce
humility. His town was in the power of the Americans--the British were
all taken; the Indians had just suffered a signal defeat--almost all
other chiefs had submitted--he was without the means of living or
resistance; still his manner was that of a conqueror.

Gov. Shelby's corps and twelve month's volunteers, were all honorably
discharged. Travelling became safe, and business at Detroit began to
resume its wonted course, but the _price current_ of the territory was
exorbitant for every thing to eat, drink or wear. Whiskey sold at 4
dolls. a gallon, beef at 24 cents a pound, cheese at 66 do,--butter 75
do--potatoes two dollars a bushel. The army was well supplied with
rations, as were also about three hundred of the inhabitants of
Michigan, and about two thousand Indians, men, women, and children,
who had no other means of subsistence. Adventurers soon came on with a
sufficient supply of dry goods.

On the 23d of October, Gen. Harrison, with all his disposable regular
troops, embarked on board the fleet and sailed for Buffalo, in
obedience to orders from the secretary of war. Previous to his
departure, he appointed Gen. Cass provisional Governor of the Michigan
territory--the civil ordinances as they stood at Hull's surrender were
proclaimed in force. Gen. Cass was left with about one thousand men,
not more than seven hundred of whom were effective.--The men were
industriously employed in preparing winter quarters at the fort. The
Scorpion and Ohio schooners were engaged in transporting supplies from
Erie and Cleveland, for the troops during winter. Troops were
stationed at Malden and Sandwich.--The campaign closed.


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