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Michigan Chapter Seven

Dangers Which Surrounded the New Settlements

The Frenchmen were so badly frightened that they were in favor of giving up the contest, abandoning the fort and retiring to Michilimackinac. But Dubuisson would not listen to such a suggestion and his followers ultimately decided to stand by him. If he had been a coward or weak-kneed the ultimate fate of Detroit might have been decided then and there.
Hostilities were resumed with fresh vigor and the enemy was so hard pressed for lack of food and water that on the night of the nineteenth day of the siege which was dark and rainy he decamped altogether. The departure of the savages was not known until daylight and then immediate measures for pursuit were put into effect. A party of Frenchmen joined with the friendly Indians and the fugitives were overtaken where they had entrenched themselves some four or five miles up the river near what is now known as Windmill Point. The pursuing army stumbled unexpectedly into the entrenchments and some twenty were killed or wounded. Here the siege was renewed. Guns, ammunition and food were supplied from the fort, being taken up the river in canoes. Dubuisson's report continues: "The enemy held their position four or five days, fighting with much courage; and finally not being able to do anything more, surrendered to our people, who gave them no quarter. All were killed except the women and children, whose lives were Spared, and one hundred men who had been tied, but escaped. All our allies, returned to my fort with their slaves. Their amusement was to shoot four or five of them every day. The Hurons did not spare a single one of theirs. In this manner came to an end these two wicked nations who so badly afflicted and troubled all the country. Our reverend father chanted a grand mass to render thanks to God for having preserved us from the enemy. The Ottagamies and Mascoutins had constructed a very good fort. Our people did not dare to undertake to storm it, not withstanding all I could say.

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