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STORY OF ANOTHER PIONEER

BY C. B. STEBBINS
June 7, 1882.

Gen. Harrison left the fort in the hands of Gen. Green Clay, and July 30th, Proctor and Tecumseh again made their appearance, with an army 5, 000, strong. The attack was desperate, but resisted so valiantly by Gen. Clay, with terrible damage to the besiegers, that Proctor considered the better part of valor to be discretion, and took his army back to Maiden, to mourn over his second defeat by one-third his own force. These events were the occasion of an immense gathering of the Whigs, " in the campaign of 1840, on the site of the fort, where, twenty-seven years before so valiant deeds were done; and considering the sparseness of population, it was one of the greatest gatherings of the age. There were nearly 1, 000 from Lenawee county alone. The number present—many coming hundreds of miles—was estimated all the way up to 50, 000. Probably half that number would be within bounds. Most of the crowd passed one night, and not a few two—in tents, or without tents, as best they could. I had. the good fortune to find lodgings in a tent with a military company from Buffalo. Inside the embankment thrown up twenty-seven years before, and still prominent, a stand was erected, and the eager thousands listened to a two and & quarter hours' speech from Gen. Harrison. The delegation from Lenawee county elected Gen. Joseph W. Brown, a hero of the Black Hawk and Toledo wars, their marshal, and he undertook to drill us. I expect we were about as awkward a squadron as ever took the field.

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