General Hull‘s invasion of Canada was described on July 12 (see my post First At Baby’s Farm!.) He retreated to Detroit when he heard about the capture of Mackinac and Fort Dearborn a few days later. In the meantime, General Brock, who had the difficult job of guarding both the Niagara and Detroit sectors, rushed to Amherstburg to join forces with Indian Chief Tecumseh.
Tecumseh, who radiated cheerfulness, energy and decision, impressed Brock and the British officers. He wore a neat uniform with a tanned deerskin jacket, and ornamented leather moccasins. Suspended from his nose was a strange ornament of three small crowns.
It was known that Hull had 2,500 troops, some of whom were mounted. Brock had 300 regulars, 400 militia and Tecumseh’s 600 Indians. It was a desperate undertaking to cross the river with such a small force and attack a much stronger army…
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