Monday, March 17, 2014

A Spy From Frenchtown

From The Pictorial Field-book of the War of 1812:

Soon after Wayne's campaign, Knaggs settled at Frenchtown and became a farmer. In 1811 he established a regular ferry at the Huron River, on the road to Detroit, with only Indians as companions and neighbors. These, excited against all Americans by British emissaries, were very troublesome and Knaggs had frequent conflicts with them in some form. When Hull was on his way toward Detroit, Knaggs joined the army as a private in Captain Lee's company of dragoons. River Raisin men the best troops in the world as Harrison said, and became very expert and efficient in the spy scout or ranger service.

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