On the thirtieth of May the besieged garrison of Detroit
caught a hope of relief, as they saw a fleet of boats sweeping round the point.
They flocked to the bastions to welcome their friends; but the death-cry of the Indians announced that the English
party, sent from Niagara
to reinforce Detroit
, had, two nights previously, just before midnight, been attacked in their camp, on the beach, near the mouth of Detroit River
, and utterly defeated, a part turning back to Niagara
, the larger part falling into the hands of the savages.1
At eight o'clock in the night of the last day of
May, the war belt reached the Indian
village near Fort Ouatanon, just below Lafayette, in Indiana
; the next morning the commander was lured into an Indian cabin and bound, and his garrison surrendered.
, moving the victors to clemency by gifts of wampum,2
received the prisoners into their houses.
At Michilimackinac, a spot of two acres on the main land, west of the strait, was inclosed with pickets, and gave room for the cabins of a few traders, and a fort with a garrison of about forty3
Savages had arrived near it, as if to trade and beg for presents.
From day to day, the Chippewas, who dwelt in a plain near the fort, assembled to play ball.
On the second day of June,4
they again engaged in