A Wampum Denied: Procter's War of 1812 by Sandy Antal

By Sandy Antal

This formative heritage takes a brand new examine a dramatic conflict-the warfare at the Detroit frontier in 1812-13. strong key avid gamers (Procter, Tecumseh and Brock), their disparate struggle goals, and the "all or not anything" personality of the campaigns they waged nonetheless appear larger than lifestyles. but Sandy Antal's cautious reconstruction of local and nationwide aspiration, vested colonial curiosity, and territorial aggression, finds reasons and expedients that have been as frequently mundane as heroic. A Wampum Denied reassesses the much-maligned profession of Henry Procter, commander of the British forces, strains the Canadian/British/Native part of the clash (amid a literature ruled via the yankee view), and casts new gentle on an allied army method that practically succeeded, but if it failed, failed spectacularly.

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For the first few weeks of the war, he would receive no directions except to restrain the Natives and not provoke the Americans by offensive action. 21 41 42 FORWARD MARCH! Given Prevost's retiscence and the uncertain state of affairs, Brock could do little more than call out the militiamen, issue a proclamation to the province to cease communications with the enemy, and deal with treasonable activity. Like St. George, he experienced immediate problems with the militiamen of the Niagara frontier regarding equipment and the harvest.

14 Fort Detroit was garrisoned by 108 American regulars. The immediate vicinity also produced several militia companies comprising the 1st Michigan Regiment. Like their Canadian counterparts, these militiamen 39 4O FORWARD MARCH! had little interest in fighting for grand philosophical abstractions and were indifferent soldiers, at best. Prior to Hull's arrival, "a considerable mutiny" occurred among their number and some of the Canadien members openly advocated resistance to military service and even urged their comrades to desert to Amherstburg.

Isaac Hull's son, militia Capt. David Hull, (1781-1837) settled at the Maumee Rapids in 1807 CLOUDS OF WAR and commanded a small militia party at the Maumee blockhouse until the surrender of Michigan. After the war, he returned to the Maumee Rapids to open a tavern, dying in 1837 in an asylum. The naval war hero, Isaac Hull, was another nephew to the general. DAB, 188; DISCSD, 117n. 32. James Freeman Clarke, History of the Campaign of 1812 and the Surrender of the Post of Detroit, 352. 33. Solomon Sibley to Senator Thomas Worthington, 26 Feb.

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