Chapter Five, It Begins
The Western Shore [page 197]
Fort Detroit [page 216]
The Western Shore
The account on pages 197/8 of the attack on U.S. postal riders is based on Antal, page 76, “On August 4, the warriors captured the regular mail from Ohio, the first intimation to Hull that his communications to the south were interrupted.” The account of the battle near Brownstown (pages 200-03) is found in Antal, page 76. A primary source is found in “Capitulation,” pages 270-271 of Quaife’s book, where the American author describes how Captain McCulloch and “a black servant of Major Van Horne’s . . . was
Glegg’s orders (page 206) are quoted from Richardson, page 48. The incident on the water at Point aux Pins, present-day Point Pelee, (page 207-08) is substantially different from, though suggested by, Tupper, pages 258-259.
The account of the Battle of Maguaga (pages 209-15) is based on four primary sources: for the British, John Richardson and Thomas de Boucherville; for the Americans, Robert Lucas and the unknown author of Capitulation.` Boucherville`s account of his wounding and escape, aside from his complete silence on the location of the wound, is roughly as described here. Regarding his return to Amherstburg, Boucherville says: “The good Tecumseh brought me an Indian doctor who was a recognized healer among the Shawnee and who used nothing but herbs. . . Ten days later the wound was healed and I was able to resume my duties,” pages 104-105.
The physical description of Tecumseh (page 218) is found in Tupper, page 243. The texts of the letters exchanged by Brock and Hull are found in Tupper, page 246.
From page 224 onward, the description of the war dance and the account of the capitulation of Fort Detroit is heavily influenced by the following primary sources: Boucherville’s ‘Chronicles’ from Quaife, “War on the Detroit,” pages 106-112. (Since it is
For literary reasons, I found it better to allow Boucherville to describe the war dance on the evening of August 15th at Amherstburg. The dawn crossing agrees with Richardson and Norton’s accounts.
Pages 226 onward is the account of Brock’s activities once a landing has been made on the Detroit shore. This is based almost entirely on Richardson’s personal memories of that landing as given in, “War”, pages 51-55. Brock’s comment regarding scaling ladders signals the confusion over whether any ladders, in fact, were brought across the river. Antal says not, page 95; Boucherville says yes, page 108. The astonishment that General William Hull surrendered Fort Detroit so quickly swept the United