,’ said he, ‘to settle in the heart of
your country; why would you turn us out of it now?
I will not abandon this post; I have warriors, provisions, and ammunition in plenty to defend it three years against all the Indians in the woods.
Go home to your towns, and take care of your women and children.’1
No sooner was this answer received than the united forces of the Delawares, Shawnees, Wyandots, and Mingoes closely beset and attacked the fort.
With incredible boldness they took post under the banks of both rivers, close to the fort, where, digging holes, they kept up an incessant discharge of musketry and threw fire arrows.
They were good marksmen, and, though the English
were under cover, they killed one and wounded seven. Ecuyer
himself was struck on the leg by an arrow.2
This continued through the last day of July, when they vanished from sight.
was at that time making his way to relieve Fort Pitt
and reinforce Detroit
His little army consisted chiefly of the remains of two regiments of Highlanders,3
who, having been wasted by the enfeebling service of the West Indies
, were now to brave the danger of mountain passes and a slow and painful journey through the wilderness.
He moved onwards with but about five hundred men, driving a hundred beeves and twice that number of sheep, with powder,