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174 MILITARY HISTORY OF CANADA

 

tected by the Thames, the left by a cedar swamp. On the left were posted the Indians, now in greatly diminished numbers. Through their lack of confidence in Procter, and discouraged by the failing supplies of food, numbers of them deserted, but Tecumseh still had about 500 under" his leadership. His position was admirably chosen. The swamp and the 41st protected his right, the swamp his front, and his men, concealed in a thick wood, were secured against any attack by mounted men.

Shortly after 2 p.m., the American army arrived. Harrison proposed to attack with his infantry, but Colone' Johnson urged a cavalry charge, pronouncing the woo in front, open and without underbrush, advantageous to his Kentucky rough riders. Harrison gave way and Johnson planned and won the fight. He divided his force into two parts; half of it he placed under the command of his brother, James Johnson, with directions to attack the silent gun and the British ranks in the wood in front, while he himself took charge of operations against the Indians on the British left flank.

With an impetuous rush the mounted men dashed forward. The 41st met them with a well-directed volley. For a moment the horsemen wavered and the charge was checked; but it was only for a moment. Putting spurs to their steeds, they broke through the first line despite a second volley, then turned back and attacked the British in the rear and caused the surrender of practically the whole force. Against the second line they sped, but the British here had no heart for fighting. Their comrades in front were beaten, and after a hurried volley they turned in wild flight, but the American horsemen broke through them and took many prisoners. Procter and his staff, seeing the day lost, fled in a panic with the enemy hard at their heels. To Procter's eternal disgrace he had remained during the battle at a safe distance in the rear, and neither by presence nor act encouraged his men. In about twenty minutes of actual fighting James Johnson had captured or scattered the entire 41st, Lieutenant


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