Friday, August 16, 2013

Tradition Has It That A Table Cloth Was Hull's Flag Of Truce In Detroit

After the fire he [John Dodemead] built a large hotel or boarding house on Jefferson Avenue where Shelby Street cuts through. It was a favorite resort of the soldiers, and court was frequently held there. 

Representative Of A Tavern Taproom

After Mr. Dodemead's death in 1812, his wife continued to run the house. There is a tradition in the family that when Hull sought to surrender Detroit he snatched a table cloth from Jane Dodemead's table to use as a flag of truce.  [From Governor and judges journal: proceedings of the Land board of Detroit]

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