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His recital of the thrilling incidents of that event is of deepest interest, land unlettered as he is, his words still confirm the narrative of the historian. He says he saw the brave commodore leave his ship after it had been dismantled, and with the gallant remnant of his crew, in an en boat, pull for the Niagara, half a mile away, and this in full view pf the whole British fleet; and when the daring commodore brought all his vessels into action he made warm work for the enemy. Uncle Alec was himself taken by a British press-gang and carried on board a British vessel and compelled to fight against his country on that occasion. He had charge of a twenty-four pounder, and of the nine men necessary to man her, only two were left at the close of the action, and one of these was shot through an arm. The waters of the lake were dyed with the blood of the hostile crews, as it poured from the sides of the riddled ships, and the crimson wake of the vessels could be seen for a long distance. He states that one of the vessels attempting to escape in the twilight, a thirty-two pound shot was sent after it, which, striking in the stern, traveled the entire length of her deck, convincing her com-ander that discretion was the better part of valor. Uncle Alec was taken prisoner with the rest, but was soon released by American officer who knew him, and he came back to " De troit" in time to see the first brick house that was built there, and remembers seeing the first steamboat that navigated the Detroit river. His life has been an eventful one, and one of toiling industry. He is the father of eleven children-seven boys and four girls-all living but one. The missing one went to the field in defense of the " Stars and Stripes," was made color-bearer, and in one of the hotly contested engagements in Virginia,, when his comrades were falling around him, and he was told to run, refused to turn his back to the "rebs" or trail his colors in the dust. He sleeps the sleep that knows no waking. A son of the color-bearer, and grandson of Uncle Alec, was with Custer, and by him detailed to guard the train when that lamented officer made his final charge into the valley of death.

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