Manuscripts from the Burton Historical Collection

Mary Agnes Burton
Collected and published by C.M. Burton, 1916

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Side 249 - It began on our left flank — but a single gun was fired by the sentinels or by the guard in that direction, which made not the least resistance, but abandoned their officer and fled into camp, and the first notice which the troops of that flank had of the danger, was from the yells of the savages within a short distance of the line — but even under those circumstances the men were not wanting to themselves of to the occasion.
Side 248 - For a night attack the order of encampment was the order of battle, and each man slept immediately opposite to his post in the line. In the formation of...
Side 179 - The officers and men will remember what their country expects from them, and what a determined body of soldiers, inured to war, is capable of doing against five weak French battalions, mingled with a disorderly peasantry. The soldiers must be attentive and obedient to their officers and resolute in the execution of their duty.
Side 235 - SIR: I have the Honor to inform you of the arrival of the Troops under my command at this place on the 2nd Inst. The regular Troops stood the march surprisingly well. There are a good many sick but most of them of very slight complaints and there is not an individual who can be called ill. I have reconnoitred the country nearly to the boundary line and have fixed upon this as the most eligible situation for a fort.
Side 250 - I directed the major to dislodge them with a part of the dragoons. Unfortunately the major's gallantry determined him to execute the order with a smaller force than was sufficient, which enabled the enemy to avoid him in front and attack his flanks. The major was mortally wounded, and his party driven back.
Side 213 - The implicit obedience and respect which the followers of Tecumseh pay to him, is really astonishing, and more than any other circumstance bespeaks him. one of those uncommon geniuses which spring up occasionally to produce revolutions, and overturn the established order of things.
Side 247 - I had made. That I would go on and encamp at the Wabash and in the morning would have an interview with the Prophet and his Chiefs and explain to them the determination of the President. That in the mean time no hostilities should be committed.
Side 249 - The camp was defended by two captains' guards, consisting each of four non-commissioned officers and 42 privates ; and two subalterns' guards of twenty non-commissioned officers and privates. The whole under the command of a field officer of the day. The troops were regularly called up an hour before day, and made to continue under arms until it was quite light. On the morning of the 7th...
Side 248 - I found the ground destined for the encampment not altogether such as I could wish it — it was indeed admirably calculated for the encampment of regular troops, that were opposed to regulars, hut it afforded great facility to the approach of savages.
Side 250 - Baen's companies — the former from the rear, and the latter from the front line — to reinforce the right flank; foreseeing that, at these points, the enemy would make their last efforts. Major Wells, who commanded on the left flank, not knowing my intentions precisely, had taken...

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