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Erie to the Americans. He was instructed, in case he should penetrate Canada, not to offer the inhabitants anything but protection; and, secondly, not to make temporary acquisitions, but to proceed so surely that he might hold fast any territory he should acquire. Other troops having arrived, Harrison resolved to attempt the capture of Fort Malden. His whole effective force did not exceed 6,300 men. He designated the brigades from Pennsylvania and Virginia, and one from Ohio, under Gen. Simon Perkins, as the right wing of the army; and the Kentuckians, under Gen. James Wilkinson, as the left wing. So arranged, the army pressed forward towards the rapids of the Maumee, designated general rendezvous. Winchester, with 800 young Kentuckians, reached there on Jan. 10, 1813, and established a fortified camp, when he learned that a party of British and Indians were occupying Frenchtown, on the Raisin Monroe, from the battle-ground. River (now Monroe, Mich.), 20 miles south of Detro