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HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS CONNECTED WITH WYANDOTTE AND VICINITY

BY DR. E. P. CHRISTIAN

Another point of historical interest which we shall mention, though not yet on our side of the river, one with which all Wyandotte duck hunters are as familiar as with the Monguagon or Grosse Isle marshes, is the River Aux Canard, emptying into the Detroit river on the Canadian side immediately opposite Wyandotte. This is the point to which Colonel Cass of Hull's army, afterwards territorial governor, minister to France, democratic candidate for the Presidency in 1848, etc., advanced on his expedition for the capture of Amherstburg. He fought and defeated the enemy at this point, and was turned back by orders from Gen. Hull, who had received news of its reinforcement from Niagara, recrossed the river at Detroit, and this was followed by the surrender of Hull.
Mr. Daniel Goodell, of Ecorse, previously referred to in a foot note, was a young man in Hull's army and was accustomed to take a much more lenient view of this act of Hull's than history has adjudged it worthy of. Mr. Daniel Goodell and Mr. Peter Perry, who lived near neighbors on the river road just beyond Wyandotte, (both recently deceased nonagenarians, ) were both participants in the exciting events of the war of 1812 on this border, but on opposite sides, Goodell in the American army. Perry in the British. Their children intermarried and a host of descendants call either of them grand- ------------------------------------------------------- *Near the center of Wyandotte, north and south, there was formerly a marshy creek extending from its outlet in the Detroit river up across Biddle Ave., and thence northwesterly through the city; its outlet was through Chestnut St. from Biddle Ave. to the river.

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