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MICHIGAN CHAPTER 12

Complete Defeat of the Savages

This business having been satisfactorily disposed of, Captain Howard was despatched to take possession of Michilimackinac, Sault Ste Marie and Green Bay. Captain Morris was sent to recapture Fort Miami, but found the Indians of the neighborhood so hostile that he thought it prudent to return to Detroit. Bradstreet departed to deal with the Indians of Sandusky and other localities. Now for the first time since the cession of this region to the English, Detroit and the lake posts enjoyed the luxury of peace. Pontiac found his allies could no longer be held in line. They deserted him to make terms with his old enemy, the English. He disappeared completely from view for a time and we next hear of him at St. Louis where he was the guest of some of his old friends of the days of Duquesne and Braddock. While there in 1769 he crossed the river to Ca-hokia, where the Indians were indulging in some sort of festivities, to see what was going on. He joined in the festivities and as whiskey played so large part in the luxuries of the occasion, a drunken orgie soon followed in which Pontiac was as deeply involved as any. The natural sequence was a quarrel, and the next morning Pontiac was found in the neighboring wood with a tomahawk buried in his brain.
When Gladwin was relieved of his command at Detroit he retired for a much-needed rest and visited England where he was presented to George III who complimented him highly for his gallant defense of his post against the long siege. Military opinion coincides with the complimentary sentiments of the king. It was one of the most notable achievements in the annals of the country and had inestimable influence in fixing for all time the sovereignty of the white race in the lake region. It is shameful that the name of Gladwin is not better known in Michigan. It is attached to a county, but beyond that it nowhere appears in the geography of the land. He was a brave and wise commander. He deserves to be remembered in all the ways in which posterity honors those who have rendered conspicuous service to their country.

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