The War Chief of the Ottawas : A chronicle of the Pontiac war eBook

Thomas Guthrie Marquis
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Many horses had been killed or had strayed away, and it was impossible to transport all the stores to Fort Pitt.  What could not be carried with the force was destroyed, and the victors moved on to Bushy Creek, at a slow pace on account of the wounded.  No sooner had they pitched their tents at the creek than some of the enemy again appeared; the Highlanders, however, without waiting for the word of command, scattered them with the bayonet.  On the following day the march began for Fort Pitt.  Three days later, on August 10, the garrison of that fort heard the skirl of the bagpipes and the beat of the drum, and saw through the forest the plaids and plumes of the Highlanders and the red coats of the Royal Americans.  The gate was thrown open, and the victors of Edge Hill marched in to the welcome of the men and women who for several months had had no news from their friends in the east.

Bouquet had been instructed to invade the Ohio country and teach the Shawnees and Delawares a lesson.  But his men were worn out, half of them were unfit for service, and so deficient was he in horses and supplies that this task had to be abandoned for the present year.

Pennsylvania and Virginia rejoiced.  This triumph meant much to them.  Their borders would now be safe, but for occasional scalping parties.  Amherst was delighted, and took to himself much of the credit of Bouquet’s victory.  He congratulated the noble Swiss officer on his victory over ’a band of savages that would have been very formidable against any troops but such as you had with you.’  But it was not the troops that won the battle; it was Bouquet.  In the hands of a Braddock, a Loudoun, an Abercromby, these war-worn veterans would have met a fate such as befell Braddock’s troops.  But Bouquet animated every man with his own spirit; he knew how to fight Indians; and at the critical moment—­’the fatal five minutes between victory and defeat’—­he proved himself the equal of any soldier who ever battled against the red men in North America.



While Fort Pitt was holding out against the Ohio Indians and Bouquet was forcing his way through the defiles of the Alleghanies to its relief, Fort Detroit was still in a state of siege.  The defeat of Dalyell’s force at Bloody Run had given the Indians a greater degree of confidence.  They had not dared, however, to make a general assault, but had merely kept the garrison aware of their presence by desultory and irritating attacks.

Nothing of importance took place until September 3.  On this day the little Gladwyn, which had gone to the Niagara with dispatches, entered the Detroit river on her return trip.  She was in charge of Captain Horst, who was assisted by Jacobs as mate, and a crew of ten men.  There were likewise on board six Iroquois Indians.  It was a calm morning; and as the vessel lay with idly flapping sails waiting

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