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102   MILITARY HISTORY OF CANADA

the extinction of British rule in the hinterland by the capture of the extensive chain of forts, reaching from Lake Michigan to the Niagara, and in the Ohio valley. Nine forts were attacked almost simultaneously. The capture of Fort Michilimackinac, at the entrance to Lake Michigan, was entrusted to the Ojibway (Chippewa) and Sac (Sauk) Indians. At this post, on the birthday of King George III, June 4th, 1763, Minavavana, an Ojibway chief, invited the English to witness a game of lacrosse between his tribe and the Sacs. Unsuspicious of treachery, soldiers and traders gathered on the open space in front of the fort. The gates were left open, and when the play was at its height the Indians rushed in and seized and massacred the garrison, a few only escaping. Detroit, under Major Gladwyn, was attacked by Pontiac himself in May, but successfully beat off repeated vigorous assaults. The siege was nevertheless maintained by the Indians, with more than their usual constancy, for upward of fifteen months. Lieutenant Cuyler was sent in May with seventy-six men from Niagara to the beleagured garrison. While encamped on Point Pelee, about thirty miles from the mouth of the Detroit river, he was suddenly attacked by a party of Wyandots (Hurons). Cuyler escaped; but forty of his men were captured and put to death. In June, he again took up sixty men with ample supplies, and this time succeeded in reaching the fort. In July, General Amherst despatched his favourite aide-de-camp, Captain Dalyell, with 260 men and twenty rangers under Major Rogers. Dalyell, on his arrival in Detroit, insisted upon making a night sortie; but Pontiac, who had been apprised of his design, was prepared, and Dalyell fell into an ambuscade at a little stream, since called Bloody Run, two miles from the fort. He and his party were routed. Rogers and his rangers, however, covered the retreat of the force to Detroit, which was reached only after Dalyell and seventy of his men had fallen victims to their temerity. The garrison was at length relieved by Colonel Bradstreet, but Pontiac meanwhile had retired


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