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218   MILITARY HISTORY OF CANADA

carefully keeping out of range of the muskets of the militia. At sunset she sailed down past the town, again using her guns, though with very little effect. As she had a number of Sutherland's men on board, Colonel Radcliffe, who commanded the militia, sent as many as he could spare down the river to watch her movements. About 150 were left in the upper part of the town near the King's Store to guard against a surprise attack "from the brigand scows and boats."

As the Anne neared Elliot's Point, below Amherstburg, she again opened fire with grape and round shot and musketry. The militia briskly replied, the helmsman was killed, and the boat ran ashore. Dr. Theller, who seems to have been in command, refusing to surrender, the militia gallantly plunged into the river and boarded the schooner. In the words of a contemporary narrative, "a jolly little man of the name of Lighton climbed up the mast and hauled down her colours." With the Anne were captured Theller and twenty of his men, three cannon, upwards of 200 stand of arms, and a large quantity of ammunition, stores, and provisions. Sutherland and the remainder of the army, variously estimated at from 400 to 1,200 men, returned to Detroit to prepare proclamations for another invasion.

Anticipating further trouble from General Sutherland, the militia and volunteers along the boundary from Huron to Erie lost no time in organizing their defences. This western part of the province had to depend mainly upon its own resources, as the eastern districts had their hands full guarding other threatened points on the long frontier. The men of Sandwich, Windsor, Chatham, and the other border towns rose nobly to the occasion. A partial supply of rifles and ammunition was obtained from Kings-ton, and the rest was furnished by the people themselves. Men like Prince of Sandwich, Dougall of Windsor, and Hamilton, sheriff of the London district, used their own private credit to purchase provisions and supplies. Of the three guns captured with the Anne, two were mount


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