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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Ta-ron-tee, or Riviere aux Canards, skirmish at (search)
Ta-ron-tee, or Riviere aux Canards, skirmish at Gen. William Hull cautiously moved, July 13, 1812, from Sandwich to attack Fort Malden, 18 miles below. He sent forward a reconnoitring party, who returned with information that Tecumseh, with his Indians, had been lying in ambush near Turkey Creek, not far from Amherstburg, and that the forest was full of prowling barbarians. There were rumors also that British armed vessels were about to ascend the Detroit River. Hall ordered his cannon to be placed near the shore and his camp fortified on the land side. He sent McArthur in pursuit of the Indians in the woods, and Colonel Cass pushed on towards the Ta-ron-tee, as the Indians called it, with 280 men. It is a broad and deep stream flowing through marshes into the Detroit River about 4 miles above Fort Malden, at Amherstburg, and was then approached by a narrow causeway and View at Riviere aux Canards. spanned by a bridge. At the southern end of the bridge was a detachment of
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t him of incapacity, if not of treachery. While Hull was absent at Detroit the command of the American troops in Canada devolved on Colonel McArthur, and he resolved to attack Fort Malden. He detached some rangers to seek a convenient passage of the Tarontee above the bridge, so as to avoid the guns of the British armed vessel Queen Charlotte, lying in the river. This was impracticable. A scouting party was sent under Major Denny to reconnoitre, who found an Indian ambuscade between Turkey Creek and the Tarontee, in the Petit Cote settlement. There Denny had a sharp skirmish with the Indians, when a part of his line gave way, and he was compelled to retreat in confusion, pursued nearly 3 miles by the victors. He tried to rally his men, but in vain. In the skirmish he lost six men killed and two wounded. This was the first blood shed in the War of 1812-15. The defeat of Hull weakened the confidence of the government and the people in an easy conquest of Canada, and immediate