Saturday, February 25, 2017

DePeyster's Plan

Surrender Of Fort Sackville ( Hamilton To Clark)

From DANIEL BOONE by John Bakeless:

... Hamilton, who was captured by George Rogers Clark's militia, was replaced as lieutenant-governor at Detroit by Major DePeyster, who was planning to "...assail George Rogers Clark in Kentucky."

"It (DePeyster's plan) was to attack his (Clark's) fort at the Falls of the Ohio, create as much trouble as possible, and make sure that the Americans were kept too busy to aid the Spaniards (in a simultaneous attack on St. Louis and along the Mississippi)."

Monday, February 20, 2017

Thither Fled Tories

Rare, Hand-Drawn Map Found Recently (Detroit Free Press)

From The Shawnee prisoner: a borderer's story, by Clara Florida Guernsey:

The British still retained their garrison at Detroit, and thither fled many of the most brutal class of Tories; among the rest, Simon Girty, who, together with his two brothers, James and George, continued to stir up the Indians to violence and bloodshed.  The headquarters of the British Indian trade was at Detroit, and the traders, looking with jealous eyes upon the advance of the American frontier, encouraged the marauding-parties by every means in their power.

Friday, February 10, 2017

St. Clair's Proposed Detroit Project

The St. Clair Papers... By Arthur St. Clair:

"Congress had appointed commissioners to repair to Fort Pitt to treat with the Indians, and induce them to a neutrality during our contest with Great Britain.  [The commissioners] requested that I would accompany them and act as their secretary during the negotiations...".  " the course of time [I] formed the project of a volunteer expedition to surprise Detroit...".

"The commissioners strongly recommended the measure to Congress; but after a delay of many weeks, it was disapproved, and the reason assigned was that General Arnold was before Quebec, and the fall of that place was counted on as certain, and Detroit, as a dependency, must fall with it, and would be included in the capitulation."

"The true reason I suppose to have been the scarcity of ammunition."

"But Arnold's expedition ended in disaster."

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Heard Of George Rogers Clark

From The Kentuckians by Janet Holt Giles:

"I reckon you've heared George Rogers Clark is at Harrodstown.  ...I knowed him in Bouquet's campaign, Ben said.  He's a right good man.  Good soldier...but I'd say he's a mite ambitious."