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MICHIGAN CHAPTER 12

Complete Defeat of the Savages

Campbell and McDougall were conveyed to the house of a Frenchman named Meloche near the camp, where they were given comfortable quarters and detained as prisoners. The following day Pontiac took measures to prevent any outside relief to the beleaguered garrison. He stationed pickets along the river below the fort and in the outskirts of the adjoining woods to waylay and murder any, Englishman who might approach from any direction. These things being done the attack upon the fort was renewed. For many days the attacks were kept up from morning to night and the garrison was compelled to be on constant watch day and night, momentarily expecting attack in force and well knowing that the palisades could not withstand a sharp and determined assault. Many of the Englishmen counselled the abandonment of the fort and embarking at once for Niagara. Gladwin would not listen to this suggestion. Though the situation was desperate and in the event of capture the life of every man was forfeited, he bravely insisted on holding on and awaiting reinforcements which were then believed to be on the way. During intervals between the more active demonstrations, parties sallied out from the fort and cut down orchards and destroyed fences and out-buildings behind which the savages lurked. Thus their hiding places were demolished and the ground was swept clean for a considerable distance from the stockade. The two armed vessels in the river covered at close range the grounds and kept the Indians from attacking on that side. Early during hostilities Pontiac formally demanded the surrender of the fort, accompanying his demand with the offer to permit all the garrison to retire upon the vessels in the harbor, and offering as the alternative the well known treatment which the Indians accord their captives in war.

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