Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sought Safety In Detroit

From Pioneer Collections, Volume 4, by the Pioneer Society of the State of Michigan (recollections of Aura P. Stewart of St. Clair County, Michigan):

"The inhabitants residing on the border of the river and Lake St. Clair, and in fact all persons having their residence north of Detroit, were compelled at the breaking out of the war, to seek safety in Detroit.  The Indians, in passing down the St. Clair river, would go on shore and shoot down the cattle, sheep, and hogs of the inhabitants, and take anything they took a fancy to, and for this reason all the inhabitants of northern Michigan were compelled to seek protection in Detroit, and there remained until relieved by General Harrison."

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Butler's Rangers Continued A Friendship

Source - Page 118

Butler's Rangers from the Real Peoples History site:

These warriors, both Haudenosaunee and Butler’s Rangers, continued a friendship that lasted throughout the War of 1812. Though not officially Butlers Rangers during that period the ex-rangers of the American Revolution still maintained their friendship and alliances with their Haudenosaunee allies. The ancestral friendship is maintained today with the recreation of the Butler’s Rangers re-enactors known as McDonell’s Company. The United Empire Loyalists have always remained close friends with the Haudenosaunee to this very day.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Disregarding The Treaty Of Greenville


From History of the Late War in the Western Country:

The various tribes, who were in the habit of visiting Detroit and Sandwich, were annually subsidized by the British. When the American agent at Detroit gave one dollar by way of annuity, the British agent on the other side of the river, Detroit, would give them ten. This course of iniquity had the intended effect; the Indians were impressed with a great aversion for the Americans; and disregarding the treaty of Greenville, they desired to recover the lands which they had ceded...".

They wished also to try their strength again with the "Big Knife," as they called the Kentuckians, in order to wipe away the disgrace of their defeat by General Wayne. And they were still promised the aid of the British, in the event of a war between the British and Americans. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Immediate Surrender

Rock Formation On Mackinac Island


17th July, 1812.
Capitulation agreed upon between Captain Charles Roberts, commanding His Britannic Majesty's forces on the one part, and Lieutenant Hanks, commanding the forces of the United States of America, on the other.

Fort Mackinac

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Disapproval Of The Common People

Furthermore, it is a safe conjecture that the common people of Great Britain did not approve of the use of Indians in the British armies, and there is no small evidence to support this. The use of the Indians was denounced as well as defended in both parliament and the reviews. But the very character of the common people of Great Britain is conclusive that they abhorred the use...".

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Bateaux To Move On Canada

Source - Close To A Bateaux?

JULY 7th. The volunteers marched, and took position near the fort [in Detroit] on the south, west and north. Arrangements were now made by procuring a large supply of bateaux to move on Canada. [Source]

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Micah Bradley's Oration

The widow of a Micah Bradley of Portsmouth filed for a War of 1812 pension based upon his service as a captain's clerk on a privateer.

Per in Villonova's Library:

An oration, pronounced July 5th, 1813, at the request of the Republicans of the town of Portsmouth, in commemoration of the anniversary of American independence. Main Author: Bradley, Micah, 1781-1815.  [See copy]  

Friday, July 1, 2016

Citizen Prisoners

"The British, while holding Detroit, to prevent Gen. Harrison from gaining information of their strength and operations, kept a strict guard over their citizen prisoners...". [From Pioneer Collections]