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MICHIGAN CHAPTER 12

Complete Defeat of the Savages

Just, at this time also came the news that the fort at Sandusky had been captured by the Wyandots and all the garrison slaughtered. Of all the scattered posts west of Niagara and Pittsburgh, Detroit alone had been able to maintain itself. It was at this time also that Gladwin learned of the capture of Fort St. Joseph. This post was under the command of Ensign Schlosser and fourteen men. The Pottawatomies sent from Detroit by Pontiac slaughtered all these men except the ensign and two others whom they brought to Detroit to be exchanged for some of their tribe held by Gladwin.
The garrison at Detroit numbered scarcely three hundred all told. Pontiac is reported to have had eight hundred and twenty warriors, of whom two hundred and fifty were Ottawas, one hundred and fifty Pottawatomies, fifty Wyandots and three hundred and seventy Ojib-was. * The last mentioned were gathered mostly from the interior of the peninsula. The estimate is made that, with the wives and children of the warriors, there must have been fully three thousand savages in the camps about the fort. It was at this time that the schooner Gladwin which had been sent to Niagara to hurry forward men and supplies returned to Detroit. She escaped the fate of Lieutenant Cuyler and his men, and though she was repeatedly attacked and was compelled to fight her way through the narrow channels among the islands down the river, she finally succeeded in reaching the fort in safety. She brought much needed reinforcements, as well as fresh supplies of ammunition and provisions.
This was near the end of June. Pontiac made another effort to frighten Gladwin into surrender by telling him of the expected early arrival of heavy reinforcements. The Indian chief then undertook to secure the active cooperation of the French residents.

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