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[366] to the point where Cotton Gin Port now stands, and
Chap. XXIII.}
which was but about twenty-one miles south-east of the great village of the Chickasas. There the artillery
1736. A. B. Meek's South-West, 17
was deposited in a temporary fortification; and the solitudes of the quiet forests and blooming prairies between the head-sources of the Tombecbee and the Tallahatchie were disturbed by the march of the army towards the long house of their enemy. After the manner of Indian warfare, they encamped, on the
May 25.
evening of the twenty-fifth of May, at the distance of a league from the village. In the morning, before day, they advanced to surprise the Chickasas. In vain. The brave warriors, whom they had come to destroy, were on the watch; their intrenchments were strong; English flags waved over their fort; English traders had assisted them in preparing defence. Twice, during the day, an attempt was made to storm their log citadel; and twice the French were repelled, with a loss of thirty killed, of whom four were officers. The next day saw skirmishes between parties of Choctas and Chickasas. On the twenty-ninth, the final retreat began; on the thirty-first of May, Bienville dismissed the Choctas, having satisfied them with presents, and, throwing his cannon into the Tombecbee, his party ingloriously floated down the river. In the last days of June, he landed on the banks of the Bayou St. John.

But where was D'Artaguette, the brave commander

Lett. Ed, IV 291.
in the Illinois, the pride of the flower of Canada? And where was the gallant Vincennes, whose name, in honor of the founder of a state, is borne by the oldest settlement of Indiana?

The young D'Artaguette had already gained glory in the war against the Natchez, braving death under

Du Petit, in Lett. Ed. IV. 291.
every form. Advanced to the command in the Illinois,

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