The next day Indians massacred and scalped a
sparing neither woman nor child, and left behind them a tomahawk,2
as their declaration of war. Fort Ligonier was threatened, and the passes to the eastward were so watched, that it was very difficult to keep up any intercourse while the woods resounded with the wild death halloos,3
which announced successive murders.
Near Fort Wayne
, just where the great canal which unites the waters of Lake Erie
and the Wabash
leaves the waters of the Maumee
, stood Fort Miami
, garrisoned also by an ensign and a few soldiers.
Those who were on the lakes saw at least the water course which would take them to Niagara
was deep in the forest, out of sight and hearing of civilized man. On the twenty-seventh of May, Holmes
, its commander, was informed that the fort at Detroit
had been attacked, and put his men on their guard; but an Indian woman came to him, saying that the squaw in a cabin, but three hundred yards off, was ill, and wished him to bleed her. He went on the errand of mercy, and two shots that were heard told how he fell.
The sergeant following, was taken prisoner; and the soldiers, nine only in number, and left without a commander, capitulated.4