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HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS CONNECTED WITH WYANDOTTE AND VICINITY

BY DR. E. P. CHRISTIAN

In an instant the huge monster gaped and shot forth flame. The whole heavens were illuminated. From deck and sides, from cannon and musket, the devastating storm fell; the surrounding shores, the dark forests, the vessel, masts and crew, and the crowd of naked and painted savages huddled together on the stream were revealed as by a sudden flash of lightning. The schooner had allowed the Indians to approach so near before she opened her fire that the guns seemed to burst among the boats, blowing them out of the water. The effect was terrific. The roar and flame of such a volcano opening in their very midst and scattering such ruin around, for a moment utterly paralyzed the Indians. The next moment they were flying in all directions, yelping and screeching and never stopping till they had hid their swarthy bodies in the tall grass on shore. In this short time they had nearly thirty killed and wounded. "
This same island must have been considered a point of strategic importance by warriors civilized as well as savage; and as warfare is but savagery there is no reason why the savage should not be as much an adept in the selection of such advantages as the civilized commander, because this same island was occupied by a body of the so-called Canadian patriots in the outbreak of 1837-8. Especially in the winter season, as was then the case, would this be important, when by quickly crossing on the ice, an attack could be feigned or directed against either Amherstburg or Windsor, this place being about equidistant from either somewhere about ten miles.

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