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HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS CONNECTED WITH WYANDOTTE AND VICINITY

BY DR. E. P. CHRISTIAN

The odds were heavy against the garrison, as their prospects of relief were growing less every day, but the gallant officer in command surveyed the danger that surrounded him with a cool courage and determined that the flag floating above him should never be struck while there was an arm to wield a sword. "Meanwhile the disastrous news kept arriving of the fall of one post after 1 another till Detroit alone remained in the hands of the English. The cross of St. George had disappeared from the northern waters and the only symbol of England's power beyond Lake Erie was the solitary Flag that still, morning and evening, was reflected in the stream that flowed by Detroit. One hundred and twenty men grouped beneath it and stood sole representatives of her dominions throughout that vast territory. "
The convoy sent to the relief of the garrison, and for the hastening up of which with its sorely needed supplies the schooner Gladwin had been sent down to meet, had been captured by the concealed and wary savages while stopping for the night at a point on Lake Erie. The convoy consisted of batteaux propelled by rowers and was therefore obliged to stop at a. favorable landing over night, and by stress of weather the schooner became becalmed in the narrow channel between Fighting Island and the Canadian shore, and was watched by the savages emboldened by the success of the attack on the batteaux. We will let the historian give the description of the action: "On came the gliding shadows without a sound, moving slowly and steadily so as to make no ripple, crowding closer and closer upon the dark object looming up before them, little dreaming of the keen eyes that measured their steady advance; at length, when within a few rods the quick sharp blow of the hammer on the mast rang out with startling clearness on the night air.

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