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Early Michigan

Oliver Williams

where it was entirely closed up by a great block-house and a strong stockade, before which stood some open mouthed big cannon and a sentry, and another on the block-house, the guns pointed ready to sweep the street. We were all glad enough to find a resting place. The people seemed to have all turned out to see the Yankees, and as we passed along in front of the quaint French one story and story-and-a-half houses with dormer windows and strong, tight outside blinds, we little folks were warmly greeted with a kiss and an "Ah ! Mon petite Bostonien," by the kind hearted French ladies. At Buffalo we had found but one house of any pretensions that had been left standing by the fire, and that on the site of the Mansion house, and at Detroit but three brick buildings, with a resident population that did not exceed probably one thousand, exclusive of the military forces.

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