By this time all western New York had been alarmed.
McClure had appealed to the people to hasten to the frontier.
Gen. Amos Hall called out the militia and invited volunteers.
Hall took chief command of troops now gathered at Black Rock and BuffHall took chief command of troops now gathered at Black Rock and Buffalo, 2,000 strong.
From Drummond's camp, opposite Black Rock, Riall crossed the river (Dec. 30) with about 1,000 white men and Indians.
The night was dark.
They drove the Americans from Black Rock.
The militia were alarmed, and at dawn Hall ascerHall ascertained that 800 of them had deserted.
Hall. with the rest of his force, proceeded to attack the invaders.
He, too, had a force of Indians: but these, with more of the militia, soon gave way, and, the commander's force broken, he was in great peril.
Deserted by a large portion of his troops, vastly outnumbered.
and almost surrounded.
Hall was compelled to retreat and leave Buffalo
The Port of Buffalo in 1813. to its fate.
It was presently in possession of the British and their Indian alli