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MICHIGAN CHAPTER 12

Complete Defeat of the Savages

They scattered and from behind trees, wood piles, outbuildings, poured a galling fusilade into the ranks of the bewildered English, who in the darkness could not discover the whereabouts of the foe. Anticipating that the savages were organizing to cut off their retreat the English faced about and in good order began to retrace their steps. The column was protected somewhat by the guns on the batteaux which moved up abreast. But the savages concealed themselves behind barns and in some cases in houses which they forcibly entered and from the windows of which they fired upon the retreating troops. Captain Dalzell was wounded in the first attack and afterward killed on the retreat. His body was recovered in a horribly mutilated condition and was brought to the fort by a Mr. Campau. Other officers killed were Captain Gray, Lieutenants Luke and Brown; there were fifty-seven rank and file either killed or wounded. The remnant of the command made good their escape into the fort. A writer in the Annual Register for 1763, speaking of this engagement says: "Although in European warfare it would be deemed a mere skirmish, yet in a conflict with American savages it rises to the importance of a pitched battle; since these people being thinly scattered over a great extent of country are accustomed to conduct their warfare by detail, and never take the field in any great force. " From that time Parent's Creek has been called Bloody Run.
Pontiac was greatly elated over this affair. He sent out runners to inform the savages everywhere of his success, with the result that many others flocked to his standard. But in spite of it the English kept up good spirits. The strengthening of the garrison was a great relief. It was not now necessary for every man to be on constant duty. It had become evident that there was no longer danger of combined and desperate assault on the works, which had been so greatly dreaded. The fort could not long have withstood European soldiers. But the Indian knew nothing of such tactics.

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