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with the land forces in a second invasion of III.-HARRISON AND PERRY.

Canada from the Detroit River. Sad experiTHE invasion and seizure of Canada formed ence had taught the Government the wisdom of

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paign of 1813, and to General Harrison was in- to command the Lake. trusted the task of recovering all that General General Harrison, doubting the efficiency of Hull had lost, and accomplishing all that he at- efforts to give him an army by regular enlisttempted to do. In a former paper we left himments, called on the Governors of Ohio and in the interior of Ohio in mid-winter, with his Kentucky for volunteers. Their responses were advance on the bank of the Maumee River pre- noble and generous. He asked for fifteen hunparing to establish there, at the foot of the dred Kentuckians, when her Legislature, under rapids, a fortified camp. It was an eligible the lead of the veteran Shelby, voted three thoupoint. The possessor of it might control, to a sand men for the public service. Ohio respondgreat extent, the movements of the whole Brit- ed as nobly, in proportion to her means. Kenish force in the Northwest, professedly Christian, tucky sent fifteen hundred of her sons to Harri

Under the skillful direction of son early in April, organized into four small Captain Wood of the Engineers (whose monu- regiments, under the respective commands of ment, erected by General Brown at West Point, Colonels Boswell, Dudley, Cox, and Caldwell, on the Hudson, tells of his valor and virtues), which formed a brigade under General Green extensive fortifications were constructed, and Clay. named, in honor of the energetic and patriotic Harrison arrived at Fort Meigs on the 12th governor of Ohio, Fort Meigs. At that post of April. Scouts had informed him, on the Harrison attempted to concentrate a force suffi- way, of the frequent appearance of Indians, and cient to keep the enemy in check until a fleet there were indications that the principal events might be created on Lake Erie, to co-operate at the opening of the spring campaign in that

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1863, by Harper and Brothers, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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power to place Fort Meigs, its garrison, its stores, and even General Harrison, in the hands of his dusky allies. These promises and boasts bronght a most gratifying response, and Proctor's mind was filled with visions of conquest, personal glory, and official promotion. His arrogance was increased, and he treated the Americans at Detroit with disdain. He ordered the Canadian militia to assemble at Sandwich; and toward the close of April he and his motley army, full two thousand strong, sailed from Fort Malden to the mouth of the Maumee River (the site of the present city of Toledo), accompanied by two gun-boats. On the 28th they landed at Fort Miami (now in ruins), a short distance below Fort Meigs, established a camp there, and proceeded to construct batteries opposite the fort, on the steep bank in front of the present Maumee City. Heavy rains fell almost incessantly, and it was not until the morning of the first day of May that the works were completed, the guns mounted, and every thing put in readi

ness for a siege of Fort Meigs. quarter would be an attack upon and defense When Peter Navarre (yet living near Toledo), of Fort Meigs. The troops there were few, and who was one of Harrison's most trusted scouts the lines of intrenchments were unfinished. Ru- and messengers, brought intelligence of the apmors were plentiful concerning the intentions pearance of the enemy on the morning of the of the British to move toward the Maumee on 28th, the commander sent him and others with the disappearance of the ice, and Harrison, in dispatches to important posts with the informathe face of instructions from the War Depart- tion. Harrison felt that Fort Meigs was in ment not to use militia, not only accepted the peril. He knew that General Clay was apfifteen hundred men sent from Kentucky, but proaching, but how near he could not ascertain. asked Shelby for the remaining fifteen hundred Anxious to know and to accelerate that comdrafted troops. The seeming peril was Harri- mander's movements, he sent the brave Captain son's justification for disobeying Cabinet orders. William Oliver, with a white man and Indian, Expecting to find Fort Meigs invested by the to meet him and urge him forward. Oliver enemy, he took about three hundred troops with made his way through the hostile Indians who him from Fort Defiance, which he had gathered prowled in the woods around the fort, and found at posts in the wilderness, determined to storm Clay at Fort Defiance with twelve hundred Kenany works which the British might have erected against Fort Meigs. He went down the Maumee in batteaux, and was agreeably surprised to find all quiet in camp and no enemy near.

The infamous Proctor was in command of the British forces, with his head-quarters at Fort Malden. Tecumtha was there with fifteen hundred Indians, drawn chiefly from the country between Lake Michigan and the Wabash. Proctor had fired the zeal of the great Shawnoese and his brother, by promises of future success in all their schemes for confederating the savage tribes, and by his arrogant boasts of his



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