Its resolutions were unmeaning words; it could not
command adequate means of transportation, nor had it magazines on which it could draw; besides, the campaign in Canada
was decided, before its votes were made known.
The detachment from Detroit
under Captain Forster
, composed of forty of the eighth regiment, a hundred Canadians, and several hundred Indians
, from the Northwest
, appeared in sight of the Cedars.
, its commander, committing the fort to Major Butterfield
, deserted under pretence of soliciting a reenforcement.
On his arrival at Montreal
on the sixteenth detached Major HenrySherburne
of Rhode Island
with one hundred and forty men to relieve the fort; but before he could make his way through the enemy to the Cedars, Butterfield
, on the nineteenth, though he had two field-pieces and sufficient ammunition and officers and men willing to defend the post, cowered like a craven under a dread of the Indians, and after sustaining no other attack than from musketry, surrendered himself and his garrison prisoners at discretion.
The next day, as Sherburne
, ignorant of the surrender, came to the entrance of a wood, which was about five miles from the fort, he was attacked while still in open ground by an enemy who fought under cover of trees.
After a skirmish of an hour, the Americans
were intercepted in their attempt at a retreat, and more than a hundred of them were taken prisoners.
The savages, who lost in the battle a great warrior of the Seneca
tribe, immediately stripped them almost naked, tomahawking or scalping the wounded men; so that they lost twenty eight wounded