Early Mackinac; "the Fairy Island" A Sketch

Paperback | May 16, 2012

byMeade C. Williams

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 Excerpt: ...by one of the English officers depicts the situation within the fort at this time: "After the failure of the attack, the Americans established a blockade by which they intercepted our supplies. We had but a small store of provisions. The commander grew very anxious. The garrison was put on short allowances. Some horses that happened to be on the island were killed and salted down, and we occasionally were successful in procuring fish from the lake. To economize our means the greater part of the Indians were induced to depart to their homes. At length we saw ourselves on the verge of starvation with no hope of relief from any quarter." During all the summer we find Colonel McDonall in his letters to the department begging and entreating for supplies. There were yet other embarrassments. Although thoughout the whole period the Indians of the Mackinac region were allies of the British, the alliance was not without its difficulties. Many of them showed an indecision when success was doubtful, as one of the English agents wrote, and "a predilection in favor of the Americans seemed to influence them." About the island "they became very clamorous," another officer said. And Col, McDonall spoke of them as "an uncertain quantity"--that they "were fickle as the wind and it was a difficult task to keep them with us." He was embarrassed, too, by their flocking to the island and requiring to be fed. But relief, and that by their own sagacity and daring, was at hand for the beleaguered garrison. When the "Nancy" and the block house on the Nottawasaga were destroyed, the officer in charge of that supply of stores, Lieut. "Worsley, with seventeen sailors of the Royal Navy, had managed to escape and effect a p...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 Excerpt: ...by one of the English officers depicts the situation within the fort at this time: "After the failure of the attack, the America...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:28 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:May 16, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217778933

ISBN - 13:9780217778930

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