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ANNALS OF AMERICA.
§ 1. Introduction. 52. Expedition of general Hull
. $3. March through the Indian country. $ 4. Invasion of Canada. $ 5. Reconnoitering on the Thames. 5 6. Attack on the British advanced posts. 57. Fal of Michillimackinac. S 8. Policy of Britain and America towads the Indians. 89. Skirmishing. § 10. American supplies interteptec. 11. Battle of Maguago. $ 12. Canada evacuated. S 13. Detroit summoned. 14. Surrender of the army. 5 15. Massacre at Chicago.
01 DURING the last thirty years the United States has been increasing in population and wealth in a ratio unparalleled in histry. Within that period, its numbers have been more than coublel, while its forests have been rapidly changing into cultivated fieds, and flourishing towns and villages rising, as if by magic, in the midst of the wilderness. These blessings, however, havinot been entirely unalloyed. The rapid increase of wealth has ntroduced luxury, with its accompanying evils, and has, especally in the larger cities, considerably sullied our republican simplicity of manners. Our extensive commerce, too, has embriled us with several of the European powers, and finally invdved us in war; while the thirst for speculation which it has exited in almost every class, has undoubtedly had a demoralizing tendency, though not perhaps in the degree attributed to itby some politicians, who have placed solely to that account the want of public spirit and nationality, which has been charged to this country. The present war, whatever other evils it nay have introduced, has certainly checked this evil. It has raised the character of the nation in the eyes of foreig powers, and erected an altar of national glory on which all loca prejudices have been sacrificed, and politicians of every party have joined hand in hand to celebrate the triumphs of our country.
In commencing this work, we have chosen the declaration of war againt Great Britain as a point from whence to set out. Historical avents in general are so closely connected, that it is difficult to give a clear account of any particular period, without VOL. II.
land forces were next to nothing. An army
of 35,000 men, it is true, were authorized by congress, and the president was empowered to call out 100,000 militia ; but the latter species of force, though strong in defensive operation, in offensive is perhaps vorse than nothing, and in a free country like this, where a confortable subsistence is so readily procured, the embodying of a arge regular force is far from being the work of a day. Besid:s, some time is necessary to change the habits of men from civil to military; men brought up to ease and indolence caino; at once execute the duties and meet the perils of war. Considerable difficulties were experienced likewise in finding oficers fitted for command. Many of the revolutionary charaters were dead, and those who survived were almost too old for active service. In this state of things, can it be a subject of winder that the raw forces of the United States, headed by oficers who had never seen service, and accompanied by rash mütia, without subordination, should experience some disasters inthe commencement of their career ? These disasters, however, have thrown no disgrace on the American name. On the cotrary, the conduct of the American armies has reflected hnour on their country, and all their reverses have been occasõned either by the rashness of undisciplined bravery, or by tle misconduct or inexperience of their leaders.
From the disadvantages under which the army has laboured, the little navy of America has been entirely free. The previois embarrassments of commerce rendered it
our naval oficers to supply themselves with a sufficient number of seamen, and with men too who had all their lives been engaged in simila pursuits, and under the most rigorous discipline ; for we aprehend that but little difference exists as to discipline and general habits between a merchantman and a ship of war. With these circumstances in view, then, while we rejoice over he brillant exploits of our naval heroes, let us not doubt but hat the American army, when it has overcome the difficulties vhich have arisen from the long peace with which the United States has been blessed, and from the very nature of its free political institutions, will shew what can be achieved by freemen by land as well as by sea.
$2. At the time of the declaration of war, general Hull, governor of the territory of Michigan, was on his march through the Indian country in the state of Ohio, with an army of about 2000 men, destined for Detroit. In the preceding month of April the governor of Ohio had been ordered by the president to call out 1200 militia. This requisition was principally filled by volunteers, who rendezvoused at Dayton on the 29th of
April, and were shortly after placed under the command of general Hull. In the beginning of June the detachment advanced to Urbanna, where, on the tenth, they were joined by the 4th regiment of United States infantry. The following day they commenced their march through the wilderness.
03. From Urbanna to the rapids of the Miami of the Lakes, the country belongs to the Indians, and is entirely destitute of roads. From the rapids to Detroit, along Lake Erie and Detroit river, are various settlements, principally of French Canadians. By the treaty of Greenville, concluded by general Wayne with the Indians in 1795, a number of tracts, generaly six miles square, were ceded to the United States, which fom chains of posts joining the lakes with the Ohio by the course of the navigable rivers and the portages connecting them. By tle treaty a free passage both by land and water was to be allowd to the people of the United States, along these chains of poss. Forts or block-houses have been erected and garrisoned in mst of these ceded tracts since the declaration of war, but at de time that the country was traversed by general Hull's detaciment, no civilized being was to be seen between Urbanna and the rapids, a distance of at least 120 miles.
Towards the end of June the army arrived at the rapid, where a beautiful and romantic country suddenly opened their view, enlivened by the signs of cultivation, and by th dwellings of their countrymen. Here a beam of joy animate every countenance, and
and fortitude to thos who had undergone with difficulty the fatigues of a march t once gloomy and oppressive. On men who had just emergd from a dreary wilderness, unincumbered by a single hut reare! by the hand of civilization, occupied by nought but Indians an beasts of prey, the change of scenery had a wonderful effect.
After stopping here one day for refreshment, the army recommenced their march, having previously loaded a small schooner with the hospital stores and officers' baggage, which was dispatched to Detroit by water, under a guard of a lieutenant and thirty men. Before they reached Detroit the army were informed of the capture of the schooner, and of the declaration of war. On the morning of the 5th of July, they arrived at Spring Wells, opposite Sandwich, within a few miles of De. troit, where they encamped.
$4. As general Hull had received, before his taking com. mand of the army, discretionary powers to act offensively in case of war, the invasion of Canada was now determined on, and the utmost diligence was used in preparation for that event. The arms of the troops were repaired, a part of the ordnance