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HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS CONNECTED WITH WYANDOTTE AND VICINITY

BY DR. E. P. CHRISTIAN

It is probable that these same facilities at this point and inconvenient obstructions and wider expanse of water below the islands, may have led also to its selection as the point of crossing of the British detachments from Amherstburg sent to cut off the supplies for Gen. Hull's army; and in the encounter with one of which detachments occurred the battle of Monguagon* fought on almost the very ground of Wyandotte. To this we shall have occasion to again refer.
Let us now take a glance at some of the interesting historical events of which the immediate neighborhood of Wyandotte has been the scene, and we shall see that it has notably participated in many of the occurrences Which have helped to create the romantic history of Detroit, of Michigan and the northwest; a history not yet clouded with the myths of fable or the mists of legend alone, and which has furnished the material for some future epic not less romantic than that of any historical events so immortalized. We Mr. Daniel Goodell. recently deceased at an advanced age, who was in Hull's army and resided near here since that time and was familiar with the Indians, said to me that the Indians pronounced the name Mon-gon-gong.
have mentioned Fighting Island as lying opposite and separating the American and Canadian channels. This, as you all know, has been made famous as the scene of the fight and the defeat of Pontiac's warriors in their attack on the night of June 19, 1763, upon the schooner Gladwin, dispatched from Detroit to hasten up the convoy of provisions and troops for the relief of the beleaguered garrison of Port Pontchartrain, * as the fort at Detroit was named. I hope I shall be excused for giving the description of the attack and repulse in the words of the historian (Headley. )

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