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Listen, Father! The Americans have not yet defeated us by land; neither are we sure that they have done so by water; we therefore, wish to remain here, and fight our enemy, if they should make their appearance. If they defeat us, we will then retreat with our father.
At the battle of the Rapids last war, the Americans certainly defeated us; and when we retreated to our father's fort at that place the gates were shut against us. We were afraid that it would now be the case; but instead of that we now see our British father preparing to march out of his garrison.
Father! You have got the arms and ammunition which our great father sent for his red children. If you have an idea of going away, give them to us, and you may go and welcome, for us. Our lives are in the hands of the Great Spirit. We are determined to defend our lands, and if it be his will, we wish to leave our bones upon them. Amherstburg, Sept. 18, 1813.
By William Henry Harrison, Maj. Gen. in the service of the U. S. commander in chief of the northwestern army, and Oliver Hazard Perry, Capt. in the Navy, and commanding the U. S. vessels on Lake Erie,
Whereas, by the combined operations of the land and naval forces under our command, those of the enemy within the upper district of Upper Canada have been captured or destroyed and the said district is now in the quiet possession of our troops: it becomes necessary to provide for its government:-Therefore, we do hereby proclaim and make known, that the rights and privileges of the inhabitants, and the laws and customs of the country, as they existed or were in force at the period of our arrival, shall continue to prevail. All magistrates and other civil officers are to resume the exercise of their functions; previously taking an oath to be faithful to the government of the U. States, as long as they shall be in possession of the country. The authority of all militia commissions is suspended in said district, and the officers required to give their parole, in such way as the officer, who may be appointed by the commanding Gen. to administer the government, shall di
The inhabitants of said district are promised protection to their persons and property, with the exception of those cases embraced by the proclamation of Gen. Proctor, of the-ult. which is declared to be in force, and the powers therein assumed transferred to the officer appointed to administer the government.
Given under our hands and seals, at Sandwich, this 17th Oct. 1813.
WM. H. HARRISON.
OLIVER H. PERRY.
Com. Chauncey to the Secretary of the Navy. U. S. S. Gen. Pike, Sackett's Harbor, Oct. 6, 1813. SIR-I have the pleasure to inform you, that I arrived here this morning, with five of the enemy's vessels, which I fell in with and captured last eveing off the Ducks. They were part of a fleet of seven sail which left York on Sunday with 234 troops on board, bound to Kingston. Of this fleet five were captured, one burnt, and one escaped; the prisoners, amounting to nearly 300, besides having upwards of 300 of our troops on board from Niagara, induced me to run into port for the purpose of landing both.
I have an additional pleasure in informing you, that amongst the captured vessels are the late U. S. schs. Julia and Growler, the others are gun vessels.
I have the honor to be, &c.
Return of the troops of H. B. M's. De Watteville regiment, captured in the above vessels.
1 Major, 1 Capt. 3 subalterns, 1 surgeon, 10 sergeants, 4 drummers and buglers, 202 rank and file.
Officers and marines.-1 Lieut. 2 master's mates, 35 seamen and marines of the royal navy, and 4 sailing masters of the provincial navy.
J. GIBSON, Inspector Gen.
Something Singular.-About the 1st of Oct. 1813. Capt. Morgan, of the rifle corps was sent from Sackett's Harbor, to Gravelly Point, near Kingston, for the purpose of taking possession of the Point. Seeing an English schr. gun boat, he concealed his men, about 60, and sent a small
boat along the the shore, which they espied, and gave chase to; our men landed, and took to the woods; the enemy came near shore, and sent a party after the fugitives, when Morgan's company rushed from their hiding place, and gave them such a reception, as either to kill or wound every one, as they appeared on deck; a few of our men. waded out and took possession of the gun boat, while those on shore stood ready to fire at the first man who made his appearance. We did not lose a man in this gallant little exploit; the enemy lost 3 killed-7 wounded and 50 pi
Com. Rodgers, Sailed from Boston the 23d of April, 1813, and returned to Newport, Sept. 26.-After crossing the seas in almost every direction, cruising for some time in the British channel, and on the coast of Norway, without seeing a public vessel, of the enemy's excepting a 74, and frigate in company, which chased him three days, often so near as to give, and receive a shot, the Com. returned to port, to recruit his stores.
The President captured the following vessels on her cruise. Brig Kitty, of 2 guns and 12 men, cargo of codfish; sent into France. Packet brig Duke of Montrose, of 12 guns, and 34 men; sent to England as a cartel, with 78 prisoners. Letter of marque brig Maria, of 14 guns, and 35 men; cargo of codfish, seut into France. Schr. Falcon, of 2 guns, and 11 men, cargo of codfish, sent into France. Brig Jean, burnt. Brig Daphne, of 2 guns and 10 men, sunk. Ship Eliza Swan, of 8 guns, and 49 men; cargo of blubber oil, rassomed for 5000 pounds sterling. Brig Albert, cargo of pitch and tar, burnt. Barque Lion, of 8 guns, and 53 men; cargo of blubber oil, ransomed for 3000 pounds sterling. Brig Shannon, cargo of run, sugar, and molasses, sent into the United States. Brig Fly, of 6 guns, and 10 men; cargo of coffee, sent into the United States. His B. M's schooner High Flyer, of 5 guns, 5 officers, aud 34 men, brought into Newport; the High Flyer was sold at auction for eleven thousand dollars.
Col. Clarke to the Secretary of War.
Camp, Chazey-Landing, Oct. 15, 1813. It is with great pleasure I can inform you of a successfal attack upon the enemy at Massesquoi bay, on the morn
ing of the 12th inst. At this time I had only the riflemen with me, the artillery moving slow and the militia protecting their rear. We proceeded to the village (Massesquoi) and arrived within 15 rods of the enemy before w were discovered. We found them drawn up under Major Powell in a manner that would have annoyed us much, had we attacked them by water, but wholly unprepared to defend themselves on the land side-they commenced a fire on the left flank, but in ten minutes after the first attack they laid down their arms and surrendered themselves prisoners of war.
Understanding that a force of 200 men under Col. Lock was marching to attack us, I despatched Capt. Finch with his company to reconnoitre them and ascertain their course. He proceeded with such promptness and ability as to surprise and capture the advanced guard, consisting of cavalry, excepting one man who escaped, and giving the information, the enemy retreated.
The prisoners were then put on board our boats and sent to Burlington. Our whole force engaged was 102-the number of prisoners taken is 101; their killed 9, and wounded 14.
I am, sir, with respect, &c.
Massacre at fort Tensam.-The following particulars of the massacre at fort Tensaw, is received from Judge Toulmin, of Mobile.
The dreadful catastrophe which we have been sometime expecting, has at length taken place; the Indians have broken in upon us in numbers and fury unexampled. A few days before the attack, (Sept. 1) some negroes Mr. Girt's who lived in that part of the Creek territory which is inhabited by half breeds, had been sent up the Alabama to his plantation for corn; three of them were taken by a party of Indians. One escaped and brought down news of the approach of the Indians. The officer gave but little credit to him, but they made some further preparation to receive the enemy, and on Saturday and Sunday considerable work was done to put the fort in a state of defence. Sunday morning three negroes were sent out to attend the cattle, who soon returned with an ac
count that they had seen 20 Indians.-Scouts were sent out to ascertain the truth of the report; they returned and declared they could see no signs of Indians. One of the negroes belonging to Mr. Randon was whipped for bringing, what they deemed, a false report. He was sent out again on Monday, and saw a body of Indians approaching; but afraid of being whipped, he did not return to Mim's, but to Pierce's fort; but before his story could be communicated, the attack was made. The commanding officer called upon Mr. Fletcher, who owned another of the negroes, to whip him also.-He believed the boy, and resisted two or three applications; but at length they had him actually brought out for the purpose, when the Indians appeared in view of the fort. The gate was open. The Indians had to come through an open field 150 yards wide, before they could reach the fort, and yet they were within 30 steps of the fort at 11 in the morning, before they were noticed. The sentry then gave the cry of Indians!" when they immediately set up a most terrible war-hoop and rushed into the gate with inconceivable rapidity, and got within it before the people of the fort had an opportu nity of shutting it. This decided their fate. Major Beasely was shot through the belly near the gate.
There was a large body of Indians, though they probably did not exceed 400. Our people seemed to sustain the attack with undaunted spirit. They took possession of he port holes in the outer lines of the fort and fired on the Indians who remained in the field. Some of the Indians got upon the block house at one of the corners; but after firing a good deal down upon the people they were dislodged. They succeeded however in setting fire to a house near the pickets, from which it was communicated to the kitchen and from thence to the main dwelling house. They attempted to do it by burning arrows, but failed. When the people in the fort saw the Indians retained full possession of the outer court, that the gate continued open, that their men fell very fast, and that their houses were in flames, they began to despond. Some determined to cut their way through the pickets and escape. Of the whole number of white men and half-breeds in the fort, it is supposed that not more than 25 or 30 escaped, and of these many were wounded. The rest, and almost all the wo