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THE WAR OF 1812   175

Bullock and fifty men alone succeeding in making their way to the Army of the Centre at Burlington.

Colonel Johnson was not having such an easy time of it on the left. No effective cavalry charge was possible, and, in the hope of drawing the Indians from cover, the horsemen dismounted. Johnson and twenty daring fellows advanced into the Indian line, but were beaten back. Tecumseh and his warriors boldly followed them into the open and gained a momentary success. Johnson was wounded in four places; Tecumseh saw his plight and dashing through his followers endeavoured to strike him down with his tomahawk. The American leader's pistol was in his hand, and as the blow was about to descend he pulled the trigger and the noblest of the red men, the truest ally of the British in North America, fell dead. With Tecumseh dead, the last chance of retrieving the day had gone. The British on the right had been captured or driven from the field, and the right of the Indians was now unprotected. A charge on that point rolled back their flank and drove them towards the left, where were stationed the Ohio and Kentucky infantry. A fierce fire met them and, after an hour's hard fighting, they were scattered in flight.

In the Battle of the Thames, or Moravian Town, as it is frequently called, the British lost 12 killed and 22 wounded, the Americans 15 killed and 30 wounded. The Indians, who had acquitted themselves so nobly, left 33 on the field. On this fatal 5th of October, 477 prisoners were taken. These included the wounded and 101 officers and men in hospital at Moravian Town, together with their attendants. In this retreat from Amherst-burg, the British had sustained in killed, wounded, and prisoners a loss of 631 men. When the news reached Vincent he withdrew his outposts from Beaver Dams and other points and concentrated his whole force at Burling-ton Heights, naturally expecting to be attacked by the victorious United States Army. But he had no occasion for immediate alarm, for Harrison, after burning the


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