A SHORT CHRONOLOGY
The War of 1812 in the Northwest
1812 --HULL'S CAMPAIGN, July 13-July 24
July 13 cont.
A farmer tells them that many Indians are in the neighborhood. This
causes a general alarm and the camp of the army is fortified with a breast-
work on all sides except that next to the river.
1812, July 14. A detachment from Capt. James Sloan's cavalry is sent up
the river to reconnoitre. At 8 P.M. it is reported that a body
of Indians had gone up the river. Col. Duncan McArthur with 100 men Is
sent to pursue them, together with a rifle corps from Col. James Findlay's
regiment. They find nothing that night.
1812, July 15. Col. Duncan McArthur's force comes up with the Indians at
the Ruskin River, 24 miles above Sandwich, but the Indians flee.
Captain Richard Smyth's [?] Detroit dragoons sent to River Thames to get
provisions; encamp 1/2 mile from its mouth near the house of Isaac Hull, a
nephew of General William Hull. Next day they continue up the river, se-
cure all the boats they can find, and take back 200 barrels of flour, 400
blankets, guns, and military stores, for which receipts are given. They
return to camp on the 17th.
1812, July 16. Colonels Lewis Cass and James Miller are sent towards
Malden with 280 men. [See: Robert McAfee, History of the Late
War in the Western Country, pp. 64-65, for a report of this particular
1812, July 17. Michillimackinac falls. The British force which takes It
consists of 46 regulars, 260 Canadian militia, and 715 Indians.
The army proceeds to a bridge over the Aux Canards River. A debate en-
sues as to whether to hold it. It is decided not to do so and the army
marches back to camp -- a fatal mistake. In the evening the British re-
take the bridge and defend it with a breastwork. Meanwhile, the British
ship, the Queen Charlotte, sails up the straits, firing on the American
side. Hull stays at Sandwich, but issues a General Order stating that
when the United States takes Malden private property will be held sacred.
1812, July 18. Col. Duncan McArthur and his men are sent to relieve
Captain Josiah Snelling's company about I mile above the Aux
Canards bridge at the Petit Cote settlement. McArthur goes off to
reconnoitre the bridge and finds the planks have been torn off and a
battery erected at the south end of it, manned by 60 regulars, 150
Canadian militia, 25 dragoons, and 50 Indians. Nearby is the Queen
Charlotte. A first skirmish takes place when McArthur's men are fired
upon and the Indians charge across the bridge, but they are driven back
by the Americans. Tecumseh then stops the Indian retreat and rallies his
men and a second skirmish takes place. McArthur sends back for ammunition
and then retreats. Col. Lewis Cass is sent with 150 men and a 6-pounder
to reinforce McArthur, The two meet at Turkey Creek Bridge about sunset,
nine miles from camp. Both forces returned to Petit Cote for the night.
Next day they return, fire a few shots and return to camp.
1812, July 21. General Hull returns to Detroit, leaving the army on the
Canadian side. Hull stays in Detroit and the command of the
army devolves upon Duncan McArthur.
1812, July 24. Major James Denny is sent with three companies of militia
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