; conspicuous in the War
In August, 1812, Governor Meigs
sent Captain Brush
with men, cattle, provisions, and a mail for Hull
At the Raisin River
, Brush sent word to Hull
that he had information that a body of Indians under Tecumseh
was lying in wait for him near Brownstown
, at the mouth of the Huron River
, 25 miles below Detroit
, and he asked the general to send down a detachment of soldiers as an escort.
ordered Major Van Home
, of Colonel Findlay
's regiment, with 200 men, to join Brush, and escort him and his treasures to headquarters.
The major crossed the Detroit
's forces in Canada
, Aug. 4.
On the morning of the
5th, while the detachment was moving cautiously, Van Horne
was told by a Frenchman that several hundred Indians lay in ambush near Brownstown
Accustomed to alarmists, he did not believe the story, and pushed forward his men in two columns, when they were fired upon from both sides by Indians concealed in the thickets and woods.
The attack was sudden, sharp, and deadly, and the troops were thrown into confusion.
Apprehensive that he might be surrounded, Van Horne
ordered a retreat.
pursued, and a running fight was kept up for some distance, the Americans
frequently turning upon the savage foe and giving them deadly volleys.
The mail carried by the Americans
was lost, and fell into the hands of the British
at Fort Malden, by which most valuable information concerning the army under Hull
was revealed, for officers and soldiers had written freely to their friends at home.
lost seventeen killed and several wounded, who were left behind.