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MICHIGAN CHAPTER 15

Michigan Under British Rule

In the meantime the savages about Detroit were restless from inactivity. Having agreed to the advice of Hamilton in council they felt like undertaking some warlike operations. Accordingly an expedition was organized by Isidore Chene which was made up almost wholly of savages. They went as far south as Boones-borough, the surrender of which they demanded. Boone had just returned from captivity at Detroit. He had been captured early in the year and had been taken to that post but had managed to make his escape. He was quite a favorite with the Indians and had faith in their sincerity. When surrender was demanded he proposed a parley just outside the gate, but under the guns of the fort. The savages treacherously undertook to capture him, but he managed to make good his escape within the fort. The place was besieged for ten days by the hostile forces, but their attacks were successfully resisted.
The winter season being on when Hamilton reached Vincennes he concluded to delay the capture of the rest of the country until spring and in the meantime to increase his forces to meet any possible resistance by the enemy. But Clark did not wait. In February he appeared before Vincennes with a considerable force and at once began an attack. The Americans were the better fighters and after the experience of their marksmanship for but a single day Hamilton proposed a parley. The result was surrender of the post. Two days later reinforcements from Detroit, consisting of a company of forty men, with whom was Dejean, justice of the peace, was captured as it was approaching. Most of the common soldiers were paroled and returned to Detroit. Hamilton, Major Hay, Dejean, and Lamothe, an officer of the Indian department, were placed in irons and with the other officers were taken as prisoners to Wil-liamsburg, Virginia. Governor Jefferson and the Virginia legislature refused to sanction their exchange, or to mitigate the severity of their punishment, holding them responsible for Indian atrocities, especially in view of Lieutenant Governor Hamilton's advice to his Indians in council to go on the war path and to be sure to bring in plenty of scalps.

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