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English fleet in Presqu'ile Harbour ; but at last the commander, Barclay, carelessly allowed them to escape, and soon they cap~ured or disabled all his ships.

Loss of   Proctor, at Detroit, fearing that his sup-

Michigan. plies would be cut off, now retreated up the River Thames. He was hotly pursued by an American army, but did not even try to prevent their following him

by breaking down the bridges over which he passed.4

Moravian-   At last, amongst the

town.. woods and swamps near the Indian village of Moraviantown, he turned at bay. The ground was hardened by a frost, and at the first charge of a troop of Am can horsemen the weary, dispirited British surrendered or fled. But a number of Indians, under Tecumseh, fought on


till the great chief himself and more than a hundred of his warriors lay dead upon the field. PJor escaped to Burlington, but was disgraced for this disaster.

Lower   Meanwhile, two American forces, under

Canada Generals Hampton and Wilkinson, were Threatened. preparing to make a combined attack on Montreal. Fortunately their plan of meeting miscarried, but in this hour of danger the Canadians rose loyally and bravely to defend their country. Hampton crossed the boundary at Odelltown, but the road to Montreal lay for fifteen miles through a dense swamp, and it was so well guarded that he quickly recrossed the boundary and moved westward. A body of French Canadians, the Voltigeurs, led by Colonel de Salaberry, moved west-ward also.


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